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Lambda Literary Award Deadline Approaches

Less Than Two Weeks Left Before Submission Period Ends

The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) today announced it has received more than 400 submissions so far for Lambda Literary Award consideration – a record-breaking pace for the prestigious contest honoring the best in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] literature. Now in its 26th year, the Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys) celebrate excellence in more than twenty categories ranging from fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, mystery, romance and memoir.

LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela, sees the growing number of submissions as a sign of the strength of the LGBT literary community. “Because one of the Foundation’s main goals is to nurture developing writers, we are especially delighted to see the continued expansion of our LGBT Debut Category,” said Valenzuela. “We are also very pleased with the growth of LGBT Children’s/Young Adult, and Transgender Fiction and Non-Fiction, as well as the strong showing in our very first Graphic Novel Category.”

The last day for Lammy submissions is December 1 and authors and Publishers who have not yet submitted their books may do so online here. Books submitted for consideration in this Lammy cycle must be published betweenJanuary 1 and December 31, 2013.  Although the Lammy submission period ends on December 1, 2013, if a book is scheduled to be published between December 1 and December 31, 2013, the publisher may request an extension at

The Lammys are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, except for special awards which mark the stages of an individual LGBT writer’s career (a complete list of award categories is available here.)

Lambda Literary Award submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to LGBT lives. Each Lammy category is judged by a carefully selected four-person panel whose members have demonstrated a strong interest and participation in the LGBT literary community. Such interest may be shown in a variety of ways, including writing, editing, reviewing, publishing, selling or teaching LGBT literature.

A shortlist of finalists in each Lammy category will be announced by March 17, 2014, and Lammy winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala planned for late spring, 2014, in New York City.

The list of current Lammy submissions is available here. Authors, publishers and fans of LGBT literature are encouraged to check out the submissions and contact the Foundation at before the December 1 deadline if they feel a Lammy-worthy book is missing.

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