The 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 933 submissions (up from 818 last year) from 321 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from independent presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Pioneer and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced in April. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 6, 2016 in New York City.

“The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.”

Now in their twenty-eighth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2015. The awards ceremony on June 6, 2016, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012). The red carpet and specially ticketed VIP Cocktail Reception will be held before the ceremony. The after-party, open to all with a general admission ticket, will follow at Le Poisson Rouge. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit

Nearly 100 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, academics and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 25 categories, including the inaugural year for Transgender Poetry.

“Being nominated for a Lammy is an outstanding achievement among such a crowded field of submissions and within an LGBTQ writing community rich with talent,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “I’d also like to thank our judges whose passionate commitment is a tremendous contribution to our literary communities.”

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony, pre-ceremony VIP Cocktail Reception and after-party go on sale today. For information, visit our website and join the conversation by following the hashtag #Lammys on Twitter. Early bird tickets at discounted prices are available for the entire month of March. Tickets for the ceremony and after-party are $125. Tickets that include the pre-ceremony VIP Cocktail Reception are $225. Prices will increase by $25 beginning April 1st.

Lambda Literary Awards Corporate Sponsors will be announced soon. To inquire about sponsorship, contact Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director at


Lesbian Fiction



Gay Fiction



Bisexual Literature



Transgender Fiction



LGBT Debut Fiction



LGBT Nonfiction



Transgender Nonfiction



Lesbian Poetry



Gay Poetry



Transgender Poetry



Lesbian Mystery



Gay Mystery



Lesbian Memoir/Biography



Gay Memoir/Biography



Lesbian Romance



Gay Romance



Lesbian Erotica



Gay Erotica



LGBT Anthology



LGBT Children’s/Young Adult



LGBT Drama


  • Bright Half Life, Tanya Barfield, Dramatists Play Service
  • Fun Home, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel, Samuel French
  • Hir, Taylor Mac, Northwestern University Press
  • Love Alone, Deborah Salem Smith, Dramatists Play Service
  • The Mystery of Love and Sex, Bathsheba Doran, Samuel French


LGBT Graphic Novels



LGBT SF/F/Horror



LGBT Studies



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