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Special Awards

At each year’s Lammys, the following special awards are given:

Trustee Award

Lambda Literary bestows its Trustee Award on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBTQ literature, publishing, filmmaking, journalism, playwriting, etc.

Established in 2013, the Award honors those who, through their achievements and passionate commitment, have contributed to the LGBT literature and arts community in significant and tangible ways: through works of literature, film, and other media or by establishing publishing houses, publications, archives, bookstores, or further institutions.

Trustee Award recipients are determined by Lambda Literary’s Board of Trustees.

Visionary Award

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

Visionary Award (previously the Pioneer Award) recipients are determined by Lambda Literary’s Board of Trustees.

Publishing Professional Award

The Lambda Literary Publishing Professional Award honors a distinguished individual in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community whose innovative work in the publishing industry promotes and promulgates LGBTQ literature.

Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

Dedicated to the memory of author and journalist Jim Duggins, this prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come. Made possible through the generous support of the James Duggins Estate, the award includes a cash prize of $5,000.

In 2020, one prize will be awarded. The winner will be announced in May.

Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction

Lambda Literary’s Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, in memory of the beloved activist and author, honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction authors. The award will go to a writer committed to nonfiction work that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history. The winner of the prize will have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking and challenging work. The award was introduced in 2018 and includes a cash prize of $2,500.

This year’s winner will be announced in May.

Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers

Lambda Literary has played a pivotal role is nurturing the development of emerging LGBTQ writers through programs such as the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, internships and review writing opportunities at LambdaLiterary.org, and community building through readings, conferences and other events. Supporting emerging LGBTQ writers is central to our mission: they are the future of LGBTQ literature.

The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers (formerly the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award) recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000. Two Emerging LGBTQ Writer prizes are awarded annually.

This year’s winners will be announced in May.

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