ABOUT THE LAMMYS

 

For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.

The Lammys, which receive national and international media attention, bring together 600 attendees—including nominees, celebrities, sponsors, and publishing executives—to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. It is the most prestigious and glamorous LGBTQ literary event in the world.

Our 2019 awards process opens in September. See this year’s Lambda Literary Award Winners.

Finalists

This year’s Lambda Literary Award finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals who spent countless hours reading a record number of submissions from over 300 publishers. We’re excited to announce the finalists in 24 categories.

Special Guests

This year’s awards will be presented by Jen Benka, Dusty Ray Bottoms. Jennifer Camper, Cheryl Clarke, Garrard Conley. Kenyon Farrow, Melissa Febos, Tyler Ford, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Marlon James, Karla Jay, Torrey Peters, Lydia Polgreen, Anthony Rapp, John Roberts, Paul Tran, Christine Vachon, and Raquel Willis.

 

Award Guidelines

Lambda Literary Award submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives. Specific guidelines must be met across each award. Please review the guidelines carefully before submitting a book for consideration. Review guidelines.

Categories

LGBTQ
Anthology
Children’s/Young Adult
Drama
Erotica
Graphic Novel
Nonfiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Studies
LESBIAN
General Fiction
Memoir/Biography
Mystery
Poetry
Romance
GAY
General Fiction
Memoir/Biography
Mystery
Poetry
Romance
BISEXUAL
Fiction
Nonfiction
PoetryTRANSGENDER
Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry

Special Awards

Visionary Award
Trustee Award
Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers
Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction
Publishing Professional