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15th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

15th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 9, 2003


  • WINNER: Black Like Us edited by Devon Carbado, Dwight McBride and Done Weise (Cleis)
  • Bend Sinister – The Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories edited by Peter Burton (GMP)
  • Queer Fear II edited by Michael Rowe (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Rebel Yell 2 edited by Jay Quinn (Southern Tier/Harrington Park)
  • Summer Share by Chris Kenry, William J. Mann, Andy Schell and Ben Tyler (Kensington)


  • WINNER: The Man I Might Become edited by Bruce Shenitz (Marlowe & Company)
  • Found Tribe edited by Lawrence Schimel (Sherman Asher)
  • From ACT UP to the WTO edited by Benjamin Shepard and Ronald Hayduk (Verso)
  • GenderQueer edited by Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins and Claire Howell (Alyson)
  • This Bridge We Call Home edited by Analouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldua (Routledge)


  • WINNER: Surviving Madness by Betty Berzon (University of Wisconsin)
  • Famous Builder by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf)
  • Insurgent Muse by Terry Wolverton (City Lights)
  • The Chelsea Whistle by Michelle Tea (Seal)
  • Wild Animals I Have Known by Kevin Bentley (Green Candy)


  • WINNER: Ridiculous! by David Kaufman (Applause Theatre & Cinema)
  • Gay Revel of the Harlem Renaissance edited by Thomas Wirth (Duke University)
  • Glenway Wescott Personally by Jerry Rosco (University of Wisconsin)
  • Rare and Commonplace Flowers by Carmen L. Oliveira (Rutgers University)
  • Wild Heart by Suzanne Rodriguez (Ecco)

Bridge Builder Award

  • Betty DeGeneres, author of Love, Ellen and Just a Mom

Children’s/Young Adult

  • WINNER: Letters in the Attic by Bonnie Shimko (Academy Chicago Press)
  • Felicia’s Favorite Story by Leslea Newman (Two Lives Publishing)
  • King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland (Tricycle)
  • Lovers’ Legends: The Gay Greek Myths by Andrew Calimach (Haiduk)
  • The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein (Simon & Schuster)

Editor’s Choice

  • The World Turned by John D’Emilio (Duke University)


  • WINNER: Best Lesbian Erotica 2003 edited by Tristan Taormino (Cleis)
  • Bedroom Eyes edited by Leslea Newman (Alyson)
  • Best Gay Erotica 2003 edited by Richard Labonte (Cleis)
  • Cocksure by Bob Vickery (Alyson)
  • The Sperm Engine by Stephen Greco (Green Candy)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill (Scribner)
  • Avoidance by Michael Lowenthal (Graywolf)
  • Boulevard by Jim Grimsley (Alogonquin)
  • Letters to Montgomery Clift by Noel Alumit (MacAdam/Cage)
  • The Martian Child by David Gerrold (Forge)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice (Miramax)
  • Hot Spot by Michael Craft (St. Martin’s)
  • Murder in the Rue Dauphine by Greg Herren (Alyson)
  • The Hired Man by Dorien Grey (GLB)
  • The Lodger by Drew Gummerson (GMP)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: Hazmat by J.D. McClatchy (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • The Christmas Poems by Krandall Kraus (AttaGirl)
  • Landscape with Human Figure by Rafael Campo (Duke University)
  • Ten Tongues by Reginald Harris (Three Conditions)
  • Theory of Devolution by David Groff (University of Illinois)


  • WINNER: Skipping Toward Gomorrah by Dan Savage (Dutton)
  • Gaydar by Donald F. Reuter (Crown)
  • Is It a Date or Just Coffee? by Mo Brownsey (Alyson)
  • Screening Party by Dennis Hensley (Alyson)
  • The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan (Kenisngton)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Riverhead)
  • Lucky in the Corner by Carol Anshaw (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Godspeed by Lynn Breedlove (St. Martin’s)
  • Stay by Nicola Griffith (Doubleday)
  • This Place Called Absence by Lydia Kwa (Kensington)

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: Good Bad Woman by Elizabeth Woodcraft (Kensington)
  • WINNER: Immaculate Midnight by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s)
  • Accidental Murder by Claire McNab (Bella)
  • Death by Prophecy by Lauren Maddison (Alyson)
  • The Weeping Buddha by Heather Dune Macadam (Akashic)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER: Mules of Love by Ellen Bass (BOA Editions)
  • Body Language by C.C. Carter (Kings Crossing)
  • Passing by Eloise Klein Healy (Red Hen)
  • Red by Melanie Braverman (Perugia)
  • Unraveling at the Name by Jenny Factor (Copper Canyon)

LGBT Studies

  • WINNER: Sex-Crime Panic by Neil Miller (Alyson)
  • From Identity to Politics by Craig Rimmerman (Temple University)
  • Love in a Dark Time by Colm Toibin (Scribner)
  • Queering India edited by Ruth Vanita (Routledge)
  • Soul Beneath the Skin by David Nimmons (St. Martin’s)

Pioneer Award

  • Barbara Grier, Naiad Press
  • Judy Shepard, The Matthew Shepard Foundation


  • WINNER: The Winter of Our Discoteque by Andrew W.M. Beierle (Kensington)
  • Boyfriend Material by Jon Jeffrey (Kensington)
  • Different People by Orland Outland (Alyson)
  • Nora and Liz by Nancy Garden (Bella)
  • She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not by Leslea Newman (Alyson)

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

  • WINNER: Queer Fear II edited by Michael Rowe (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Daughters of an Amber Noon by Katherine V. Forrest (Alyson)
  • Seeds of Fire by Karin Kallmaker writing as Laura Adams (Bella)
  • The Devil Inside by Randy Boyd (West Beach)
  • Wired Hard 3 edited by Cecilia Tan (Circlet)

Small Press

  • Kings Crossing Publishing, Robin G. White, Sha Mendon


  • WINNER: Courage to Love by Geoffrey Duncan (Pilgrim)
  • Found Tribe edited by Lawrence Schimel (Sherman Asher)
  • Lovers’ Legends: The Gay Greek Myths by Andrew Calimach (Haiduk)
  • Queer Jews edited by David Scneer and Caryn Aviv (Routledge)
  • Queering Christ by Robert E. Goss (Pilgrim)


  • WINNER: Dress Codes by Noelle Howey (Picador)
  • Brazen Femme edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri (Arsenal Pulp)
  • GenderQueer edited by Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins and Claire Howell (Alyson)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (FS&G)
  • Some of the Parts by T Cooper (Akashic)

Visual Arts

  • WINNER: A Hidden Love by Dominique Fernandez (Prestel)
  • On the Couch – Volume One by Tom Bianchi (Bruno Gmunder Verlag)
  • Out/Lines by Thomas Waugh (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Outlaw Representation by Richard Meyer (Oxford University)
  • Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude by Justin Spring (Universe)
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About: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

Antonio Gonzalez Cerna is the editor of and the former web producer for and His publishing background includes marketing and publicity positions with The Penguin Press, Riverhead, Berkley, NAL, DAW and Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books). Email | Facebook | Twitter

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