Overview of LLF Awards

Lambda Literary Awards, aka “The Lammys”

The Lambda Literary Awards identify and honor the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books in their year of publication and are given out at an annual ceremony. Scroll down for a description of the categories.

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Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award

The Emerging Writer Award will be presented annually at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony. The award, made possible by Teresa DeCrescenzo, consists of two cash prizes of $1000. The awards will be presented to two LGBT-identified authors. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize LGBT content of importance to the LGBT community and with emergent LGBT authors who have written and published up to 2 books (fiction or nonfiction), or 1 book and substantial additional literary work such as short stories and essays. A panel will be created to identify candidates & winners. Recommended winners will be reviewed by the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

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Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

The Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize will be presented annually at the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony. The award, made possible by James Duggins, PhD, consists of two cash prizes of $5000. The awards will be presented to two LGBT-identified authors. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize LGBT content of importance to the LGBT community and with emergent LGBT 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.

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Pioneer Award

The Lambda Literary Foundation bestows its Pioneer Award on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. Established in 1995, the Award honors those who, through their achievements and passionate commitment, have contributed to the LGBT literary community in significant and tangible ways: through works of literature, or by establishing publishing houses, publications, archives, bookstores, or other institutions.

Pioneer Award recipients are determined by the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.  If you would like to make a recommendation, send an e-mail to Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director at tvalenzuela@lambdaliterary.org.

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Trustee Award

The Trustee Award honors a distinguished individual who, through their literary work, has made a considerable contribution to a wider awareness and understanding of the lives of LGBT people.

Trustee Award recipients are determined by the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.  If you would like to make a recommendation, send an e-mail to Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director at tvalenzuela@lambdaliterary.org.

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Bridge Builder Award

The Bridge Builder Award honors a distinguished ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community whose work promotes meaningful understanding about the lives of LGBT people. This contribution is not limited by sexual orientation or to the literary world.

Bridge Builder Award recipients are determined by the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.  If you would like to make a recommendation, send an e-mail to Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director at tvalenzuela@lambdaliterary.org.

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Lambda Literary Awards: Description of Categories

2013 AWARDS CATEGORIES

General Information

  • A book may be submitted to only one category.
  • If a category receives fewer than ten (10) submissions, the category will not be active in this awards cycle. The submitted books may be reassigned to another category, if appropriate. If the book cannot compete in another category, the submission fee will be refunded.

LESBIAN and GAY CATEGORIES

 LESBIAN: Books eligible for this category feature a prominent lesbian character or contain content of strong significance to lesbian lives.

GAY: Books eligible for this category feature a prominent gay male character or contain content of strong significance to gay male lives.

Gay Erotica

Lesbian Erotica

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

Gay General Fiction

Lesbian General Fiction

Literary fiction that does not fit more precisely into a specific genre category (for example, Erotica, Romance, Speculative Fiction, or Mystery). Novels, novellas, and short story collections by a single author are eligible; anthologies are not.

Gay Memoir/Biography

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Biographies, memoirs, autobiographies, and works of creative non-fiction by or about lesbians and gay men or with content of strong significance to gay and lesbian lives. Posthumously published works and or those with co-authors are eligible; anthologies are not.

Gay Mystery/Suspense

Lesbian Mystery/Suspense

Novels, novellas, and short story collections in which a crime, or a series of crimes, is an integral part of the story are all eligible; anthologies are not. Category includes a wide range of crime fiction subgenres including police procedurals, political/legal/medical thrillers, cozys, and hard-boiled detective stories.

Gay Poetry

Lesbian Poetry

Single volumes, collected poems, and anthologies are eligible; chapbooks are not. Updated editions of previously published works are not eligible unless at least 50% of the poetry (not the supplemental text) is new.

Gay Romance

Lesbian Romance

Novels, novellas, and short story collections that focus on a central love relationship between two or more characters are eligible; anthologies are not. Category includes a wide broad range of subgenres including traditional, historical, gothic, Regency, and paranormal romance,

LGBT CATEGORIES

These categories are non-gender-specific works containing material of strong significance to members of the LGBT community.

LGBT Anthology

Collections of fiction and/or nonfiction are eligible. If at least 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction anthologies are submitted, the Lambda Literary foundation will award both a fiction and a non-fiction Lammy in this category.

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

Individual works and collections of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry whose intended audience is young readers are all eligible; anthologies are not.

LGBT Debut Fiction

Literary fiction by authors who have not previously published a book of fiction. Authors whose work has appeared in anthologies are eligible as long as they have not published a book of fiction identified as theirs alone. Novels, novellas, and short story collections are eligible; anthologies are not.

LGBT Drama

Plays and other theatrical works and performance pieces that have been published in book or script form during 2013. Collections from a single author are eligible; anthologies featuring multiple authors are not.

LGBT Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are any work—fiction or nonfiction—that uses a combination of words and sequential art to convey a narrative and is published in book form (as distinguished from periodical comic books).  Open to any genre or topic this category includes graphic novels, graphic memoirs and comic anthologies. May include historical, genre fiction (such as sci/fi, horror, romance or mystery), erotica, humor, parenting, gender studies, sex education, psychology or any other style of fiction or nonfiction. Comic books, periodicals and web-only content not eligible.

LGBT Nonfiction

LGBT-themed works for general readers as opposed to those targeted to scholarly audiences (for example, LGBT/Queer/Gender Studies programs). Includes, but is not limited to, law, history, politics, spirituality, humor, parenting, relationships, psychology, travel, and photography. (Please see the LGBT Studies Category below for comparison and contact the Lammy administrator at awards@lambdaliterary.org if you have any questions about where to submit your work).

LGBT Speculative Fiction

Includes science fiction, horror, fantasy, and related genres. Novels, novellas, and short story collections are eligible; anthologies are not.

LGBT Studies

Scholarly work focusing on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, and oriented toward academia, libraries, cultural professionals, and the more academic reader. Generally, but not exclusively, published by university presses. (Please see LGBT Non-Fiction Category above for comparison and contact the Lammy administrator at awards@lambdaliterary.org if you have any questions about where to submit your work).

BISEXUAL and TRANSGENDER CATEGORIES

These categories are non-gender specific works containing material of strong significance to members of the Bisexual and Transgender communities. If the Bisexual category receives ten (10) submissions of fiction and ten (10) submissions of nonfiction, the category will be separated into Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Nonfiction. If not, a single Lammy for Bisexual Literature will be awarded. If the Trans category receives ten (10) submissions of fiction and ten (10) submissions of nonfiction, the category will be separated into Trans Fiction and Trans Nonfiction. If not, a single Lammy for Transgender Literature will be awarded.

Bisexual Fiction

Transgender Fiction

Novels, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies with prominent bisexual/transgender characters and/or content of strong significance to the bisexual/transgender communities. May include historical novels, graphic novels, cross-genre works of fiction, humor, and other styles of fiction.

Bisexual Nonfiction

Transgender Nonfiction

Non-fiction works with content of strong significance to members of the bisexual/transgender communities. Includes a wide range of subjects for the general or academic reader (e.g., history, memoirs, cultural studies, public policy, law, politics, poetry, community organizations, humor, spirituality, gender studies, parenting, religion, spirituality, relationships, psychology, travel).