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Lambda Literary Awards Finalists & Winners

For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards have recognized the best LGBTQ books published in a given year across dozens of categories.

Below is a directory of all previous Lammy finalists and winners dating back to 1988. You can search by book title or author, or filter the overall list by publication year or category in any combination of the fields shown.

Please note that each year’s Lambda Literary Awards celebrates books published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. For example, books from the 2019 Lammys would have a publication year of 2018 in this table.

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Book Title
Author Name
Award Status
Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution
Better Nate Than Ever
Boy In Box
Capture & Surrender
Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography
Baton Rouge Bingo
Boystown 5: Murder Book
Alternative Medicine
Covet Thy Neighbor
Duck! Second Chances
At Her Feet
Best Lesbian Erotica 2014
Bodies of Water
Fat Angie
Cross and Burn
Death of the Demon
Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives
All That Lies Within
At Seventeen
Broken Trails
Does Jesus Really Love Me?
Dragon Slayer
Feeling Women’s Liberation
Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Every Day
A Strange and Separate People
Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
Falling In Time
Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies
Bokassa’s Last Apostle
Before the Rain
fault tree
Appointment with a Smile
Dark Wings Descending
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
Chocolatiers of the High Winds: A Gay Steampunk Romance
Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing
Boyfriends With Girlfriends
Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir
Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges
A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw
98 Wounds
Dirty One
All Together
Best Gay Erotica 2012
Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo
For the Ferryman: A Personal History
Blue’s Bayou
Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos
Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems
Double Shadow: Poems
Every Time I Think of You
A Ride to Remember & Other Erotic Tales
Dying to Live
15 Ways to Stay Alive
For Me and My Gal
A Queer History of the United States
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life
Eight Inches
Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back
Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division
Flesh and Bone
Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory
Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life
From Hell to Breakfast
Bird Eating Bird
Centuries Ago and Very Fast
Fist of the Spider Woman
Bharat Jiva
A Casulty of War: Gay Short Fiction
Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing
Best Gay Erotica 2009
Assisted Loving
Bringing Him Home
Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love
First You Fall
Fire to Fire
Closer to Fine
All the Pretty Girls
Breaking Spirit Bridge
Case of a Lifetime
Blind Faith
Calling the Dead
A Pirate’s Heart
Finding Home
Beyond (Straight & Gay Marriage)
Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America 1861-2003
Drifting Toward Love
Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality
10,000 Dresses
Boy with Flowers
Baby Remember My Name
First Person Queer
Art That Dares
Feeling Backward
Becoming Visible
Freak Show
Dose: Plays & Monologues
Ardennian Boy
Every Dark Desire
A Push and a Shove
Freak Show
Call Me By Your Name
Dark Reflections
Fellow Travelers
First Person Plural
Dog Years
Forgiving Troy
Double Abduction
Drag Queen in the Court of Death
A Few Hints and Clews
A Secret Edge
Broadway Nights
Changing Tides
Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking
Breathing Underwater
Dahlia Season
Biting the Apple
An Army of Ex-Lovers
And Now We Are Going to Have a Party
Comfort Food for Breakups
For Now, for Always
Between Women
Gay Artists in Modern American Culture
A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering
Blackbird and Wolf
Fata Morgana
A Companion to Wolves
Between Women
Caribbean Pleasure Industry
Charmed Lives
Confessions of the Other Mother
From Boys to Men
Blood Beats: Vol 1
Fun Home
Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women & Bisexual Men
Bi Guys
Bi Men
Between Mom & Jo
Erik & Isabelle’s Junior Year at Foresthill High
1001 Beds
Confessions of a Mormon Boy
5 Minutes & 42 Seconds
A Scarecrow’s Bible
A History of Barbed Wire
Best Gay Erotica 2007
Alternatives to Sex
Every Visible Thing
A History of My Tattoo
Black Marks
Erzulie’s Skirt
18th & Castro
Best Lesbian Erotica 2007
Fun Home
Days of Good Looks
Domain of Perfect Affection
Finders Keepers
Fresh Tracks
Behind the Mask of the Mattachine
Different Daughters
A Strong and Sudden Thaw
Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame
Crip Theory
Every Inch A Man: Phallic Possession, etc.
Drag King Dreams
Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry
Everything I Have is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men
Freedom in this Village: 25 Years of Black, Gay Men’s Writing
Beyond Recall
February House
And Tango Makes Three
Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio
Best Gay Erotica 2006
Best Lesbian Erotica 2006
Close Contact
Bilal’s Bread
Acqua Calda
Faith for Beginners
Cajun Snuff
Blue on Blue Ground
For Dust Thou Art
Don’t Get too Comfortable
Crashing America
Five Books of Moses Lapinsky
Darkness Descending
Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
Directed by Desire: Collected Poems
Eye of Water
Beyond the Down Low
Artist’s Dream
Distant Shores, Silent Thunder
Daughters of an Emerald Dusk
Fumbling Toward Divinity
Choir Boy
Deliver Me from Nowhere
Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004
Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction
Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative
Blue Days, Black Nights
Alice Walker: A Life
Both: A Portrait in Two Parts
All the Wrong Places
Best Gay Erotica 2005
Best Lesbian Erotica 2005
A Son Called Gabriel
Clay’s Way
Flight of Aquavit
Alexander the Fabulous
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs
Crybaby Butch
Death by Discount
Dish It Up, Baby!
Fire & Brimstone
A Seahorse Year
Abundant Light
An Intimate Ghost
Commitment to Die
Death by Discount
Antidotes for an Alibi
Femme’s Dictionary
At Ease: Navy Men of World War II
All the Wrong Places
Almost Like Being in Love
Confessions of a Casanova
A Passion to Preserve
All-Night Party
Families Like Mine
For the Love of Women: Gender, Identity and Same-Sex Relations in a Greek Provincial Town
Becoming a Visible Man
From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond
All I Want for Christmas
Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003
Boyfriends from Hell
Cleopatra’s Wedding Present
Beautiful Shadow: A Life
Boy Meets Boy
Forbidden Acts
Best Gay Erotica 2004
Best Lesbian Erotica 2004
Blind Eye
Bourbon Street Blues
Dead Egotistical Morons
Chelsea Boys
Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For
And Then They Were Nuns
Cry Havoc
Damn Straight
Epitaph for an Angel
Final Girl
A Face in the Crowd
Familiar Men
Focus on Living
Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003
Daytime Drama
Elf Child
Anything But Straight
Anything But Straight
Bend Sinister – The Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories
Black Like Us
Found Tribe
From ACT UP to the WTO
Famous Builder
Felicia’s Favorite Story
Bedroom Eyes
Best Gay Erotica 2003
Best Lesbian Erotica 2003
At Swim Two Boys
Accidental Murder
Death by Prophecy
Body Language
Boyfriend Material
Different People
Daughters of an Amber Noon
Courage to Love
Found Tribe
From Identity to Politics
Brazen Femme
Dress Codes
A Hidden Love
Diva Book of Short Stories
Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson
Empress of the World
Finding H.F.
Dirty Words
Boy Toy
Before Time Could Change Them
Drama Queen
Days of Awe
Back to Salem
Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918
Any Kind of Luck
Bending the Landscape: Horror
Bound in Blood
Calendar Boy
Creating Man
Coming Out Young and Faithful
Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian
Escaping God’s Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest
All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America
Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court
Best Bisexual Erotica, Volume 2
Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian
Dragged!! To His Senses
Circa 2000: Lesbian Fiction at the Millenium
Coming Out of Cancer
Eight Seconds
Five Lesbian Brothers
Brave Journeys
Between Dances
A Density of Souls
Boss Cupid
Creating Change
Black Girl in Paris
Booked for Murder
Death Understood
A Map to the Next World
And on the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone
Angel Lust
Between Dances
Bridge Across the Ocean
Are You a Boy or a Girl?
As Nature Made Him
As I See It
Black and White Men
Besame Mucho: New Gay Latino Fiction
A Woman Like That
Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society and Politics
Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia
Fighting Words
Dare Truth or Promise
Corpus Christi
An Underground Life
Firebird: A Memoir
Allan Stein
Comfort and Joy
Drop Dead
Ethan Exposed
Baby Precious Always Shines
Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2: 1933-1938
Bruised Fruit
A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America
Eden Built by Eves
Coming Out Spiritually
From Toads to Queens
AIDS Demo Graphics
Dancing On Tisha B’av
A Place I’ve Never Been
Black Marble Pool
Body To Dye For
Boy Who Was Buried This Morning
Behind The Mask
Coming Out Under Fire
Body In Flames
Buried Body
Decade Dance
Alternate Casts
Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit
Daddy’s Roommate
Don Juan In the Village
A Captive In Time
Death Down Under
Gaudi Afternoon
Ceremonies of the Heart
Exile in the Promised Land
A Few Words in the Mother Tongue
Chant of the Women of Magdalena
Crime Against Nature
Doc and Fluff
Black Women’s Health Book
Different Mothers
Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature
Auden and Isherwood: The Berlin Years
An Arrow’s Flight
Dead as a Doornail
Federal Fag
A Flame for the Touch That Matters
A Frieze for a Temple of Love
Becoming Visible
Changing Ones
Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life
Don’t Get Me Started
A Fragile Union
Empty Without You
bull-jean stories
A Fragile Union
Female Masculinity
Affectionate Men
Becoming Visible
Bending the Landscape II
Falling to Earth
Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair
Closet Devotions
Ferocious Romance
Boy-Wives and Female Husbands
Female Masculinity
Best American Gay Fiction 2
Best Lesbian Erotica 1997
Amy Asks a Question: Grandma, What’s a Lesbian?
Blue Coyote
Billy’s Boy
A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay
Gay Body: a Journey Through Shadow to Self
Beautiful Signor
Bite Hard
Desire: Poems 1986-1996
Gay Body: a Journey Through Shadow to Self
Barbie Unbound
Flaming Iguanas
Blue Windows: a Christian Science Childhood
A Crystal Diary
Beyond the Pale
Apparition Alley
Evil Dead Center
Father Forgive Me
Cold River
Diesel Fuel
Does Your Mama Know?
Every Woman I’ve Ever Loved: Lesbian Writers on Their Mothers
Bending the Landscape
Barbie Unbound
Beyond the Pale
Bite Hard
Does Your Mama Know?
Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit
Beyond Queer
Boys Like Us
Daddy’s Wedding
Free Your Mind
Amazon All-Stars
Clit Notes
Beauty of Men
Funny Boy
Death of Friends
Angel, Interrupted
Eros in Boystown
Boys Like Us
Cracks in the Iron Closet
Farm Boys
Accidental Activist
Coming Home to America
Eva Le Gallienne
Baby, It’s Cold
Final Take
All-American Girl
Arc of Love
Furious Cooking
Body Alchemy
Derek Jarman’s Garden
Gay by the Bay
Body Alchemy
Congregations in Conflict
Body Alchemy
Forbidden Passages
A Loving Testimony
Dyke Life
Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage
Baby Bebop
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Actor’s Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays
Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada
Dream Boy
Father of Frankenstein
Flesh and Blood