Here is Lambda Literary’s criteria for both awards, per the press release:
Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist
Lambda Literary’s Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize honors LGBT-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000. Two Mid-Career awards will be presented at the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony.
Emerging Writer Award
Lambda Literary’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award recognizes LGBT-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Two Emerging Writer awards will be presented at the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000.
For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit the Lambda Literary website.