Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda is an award focusing on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual literature  in the United States. Awarded since 1989,  the awards are administered by the non-profit Lambda Literary Foundation, which also publishes reviews. The ongoing and original goal is to recognize literature that provides meaningful insight into this community.  Awards are open to ALL authors, but the content is the determining factor in eligibility. Self-published is acceptable, but solely being available in e-format is not. Either the author or the publisher may nominate a work.  Judging is done by comittees within the foundation, and the aawards are presented at the national Book Expo.  The categories are:

LESBIAN and GAY CATEGORIES (12)

LESBIAN: Books eligible for this category are those that feature a lesbian main character.
GAY: Books eligible for this category are those that feature a gay main character.

Gay Erotica
Lesbian Erotica

Anthologies, novels, memoirs, short story collections whose content is principally of an erotic nature.

Gay General Fiction
Lesbian General Fiction

Novels, novellas, and short story collections. May include historical novels, graphic novels, cross-genre works of fiction, and other styles of fiction. Debut fiction is now eligible in this category. Anthologies are not eligible.

Gay Memoir/Biography
Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Posthumously published authors or those with co-authors are also eligible. Anthologies are not eligible.

Gay Mystery
Lesbian Mystery

Novels, novellas, and short story collections that adhere to the criteria of a “mystery,” as defined by the Mystery Writers of America: “A mystery is considered to be any novel in which a crime, or a series of crimes, are an integral part of the story.” Anthologies are not eligible.

Gay Poetry
Lesbian Poetry

Single volumes, selected and collected poems, and anthologies are eligible. Chapbooks are not eligible.

Gay Romance
Lesbian Romance

Novels, novellas, and short story collections that adhere to the criteria of a “romance.” As defined by the Romance Writers of America: “A romance is defined as a work of fiction with two critical elements: a central love relationship and a positive ending stating or implying a commitment between the two characters.” Anthologies are not eligible.

LGBT CATEGORIES (6)

These categories are non-gender specific.

LGBT Anthology
Collections of fiction and/or nonfiction are eligible.

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
Fiction, nonfiction, picture books, poetry, and anthologies—whose intended audience is young readers—are all eligible.

LGBT Drama
Plays that have been published in book/script form during 2011. Collections of plays and anthologies of plays are eligible.

LGBT Nonfiction
Books and subjects for the general reader, e.g. histories, politics, community organizations, humor, parenting, religion, spirituality, relationships, psychology, travel, etc.

LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Novels, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies are eligible.

LGBT Studies
Scholarly work oriented toward academia, libraries, cultural professionals, and the more academic reader.

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES (4)

Bisexual Fiction & Bisexual Nonfiction
Novels, short story collections, anthologies, poetry, memoirs, cultural studies, public policy, law, history, spirituality, gender studies, etc.

Trans Fiction and Trans Nonfiction
Novels, short story collections, anthologies, poetry, memoirs, cultural studies, public policy, law, history, spirituality, gender studies, etc.

LGBT AUTHOR AWARDS

Debut Fiction Awards

One award will be presented to a self-identified Queer man and one award to a self-identified Queer woman for novels, novellas, or short story collections by authors who have not previously published a book of fiction. Anthologies are not eligible. Authors who have appeared in anthologies are eligible, as long as they have not published a volume identified as theirs alone.

Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

One award will be presented to a self-identified Queer man and one award to a self-identified Queer woman. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize Queer content of importance to the Queer community and with emergent Queer authors who have written and published at least three novels, or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, and essays. A panel (or panels) will be created to identify candidates & winners. Recommended winners will be reviewed by the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Pioneer Award

One award will be presented to a self-identified Queer man or group of Queer men and one award will be presented to a self-identified Queer woman or group of Queer women. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize Queer authors who have made a significant contribution to Queer literature and/or the lives of Queer people. The LLF board of Directors will determine the recipient.

 For a list of past winners click HERE

For this year’s nominees, click HERE.

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