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16th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

16th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Author: Antonio Gonzalez Cerna

July 9, 2004


  • WINNER: Pulp Friction edited by Michael Bronski (St. Martin’s)
  • All I Want for Christmas by Jon Jeffrey, Chris, Kenry, William J. Mann, and Ben Tyler (Kenisington)
  • Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003 edited by Angela Brown (Alyson)
  • M2M edited by Karl Woelz (AttaGirl)
  • Telling Moments edited by Lydia Hall (University of Wisconsin)


  • WINNER: Queer Crips edited by Bob Guter and John R. Killacky (Harrington Park)
  • Boyfriends from Hell edited by Kevin Bentley (Green Candy)
  • Mortal Secrets edited by Robert Klitzman and Ronald Bayer (Johns Hopkins University)
  • The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name edited by Greg Wharton (Boheme)
  • Pinned Down by Pronouns edited by Toni Amato and Mary Davies (Conviction)


  • WINNER: Naked in the Promised Land by Lillian Faderman (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Cleopatra’s Wedding Present by Robert Tewdwr Moss (University of Wisconsin)
  • Going the Other Way by Billy Bean (Marlowe & Company)
  • Highsmith: A Romance by Marijane Meaker (Cleis)
  • She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Broadway)


  • WINNER: Beautiful Shadow: A Life by Andrew Wilson (Bloomsbury)
  • Intertwined Lives by Lois W. Banner (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Lost Prophet by John D’Emilio (Free)
  • Original Youth by Keith Fleming (Green Candy)
  • That Furious Lesbian by Robert A. Schanke (Southern Illinois University)

Children’s/Young Adult

  • WINNER: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (HarperTempest)
  • Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn (Simon & Schuster)
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown & Company)
  • Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster)


  • WINNER: Prok by Brian Drader (Scirocco Drama)
  • Forbidden Acts by Ben Hodges (Applause Theatre & Cinema)
  • Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays by C.E. Gatchalian (The Writers’ Collective)
  • The Band Plays by Mart Crowley (Alyson)
  • Women in Turmoil: Six Plays edited by Robert Schanke (Southern Illinois University)


  • WINNER: Best Lesbian Erotica 2004 edited by Tristan Taormino (Cleis)
  • Best Gay Erotica 2004 edited by Richard Labonte (Cleis)
  • Hot and Bothered 4 edited by Karen X. Tulchinsky (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Masters of Midnight by Michael Thomas Ford, William J. Mann, Sean Wolfe, and Jeff Mann (Kensington)
  • Quickies 3 edited by James Johnstone (Arsenal Pulp)

Gay Men’s Fiction

  • WINNER: Lives of the Circus Animals by Christopher Bram (William Morrow)
  • Beijing by Philip Gambone (University of Wisconsin)
  • The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (Houghton Mifflin)
  • War Against the Animals by Paul Russell (St. Martin’s)
  • Where the Boys Are by William J. Mann (Kensington)

Gay Men’s Mystery

  • WINNER: Blind Eye by John Morgan Wilson (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • Bourbon Street Blues by Greg Herren (Kensington)
  • Dead Egotistical Morons by Mark Richard Zubro (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
  • It Takes Two by Elliott Mackle (Alyson)
  • Wearing Black to the White Party by David Stukas (Kenisington)

Gay Men’s Poetry

  • WINNER: Sky Lounge by Mark Bibbins (Graywolf)
  • Middle Earth by Henri Cole (FS&G)
  • Otherhood: Poems by Reginald Shepherd (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Saying the World by Peter Pereira (Copper Canyon)
  • The Healing Art by Rafael Campo (W.W. Norton)


  • WINNER: Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Alyson)
  • Chelsea Boys by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth (Alyson)
  • Men are Pigs, But We Love Bacon by Michael Alvear (Kensington)
  • My Big Fat Queer Life by Michael Thomas Ford (Alyson)
  • That’s Why They’re in Cages, People! by Joel Perry (Alyson)

Lesbian Fiction

  • WINNER: Southland by Nina Revoyr (Akashic)
  • And Then They Were Nuns by Susan J. Leonardi (Firebrand)
  • The Way the Crow Flies by Anne-Marie MacDonald (HarperCollins)
  • This Wild Silence by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Alyson)
  • What Night Brings by Carla Trujillo (Curbstone)

Lesbian Mystery

  • WINNER: Damn Straight by Elizabeth Sims (Alyson)
  • Cry Havoc by Baxter Clare (Bella)
  • Epitaph for an Angel by Laruen Maddison (Alyson)
  • Owl of the Desert by Ida Swearingen (New Victoria)
  • The Woman Who Found Grace by Bett Reece Johnson (Cleis)

Lesbian Poetry

  • WINNER: The Dirt She Ate by Minnie Bruce Pratt (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Embers by Terry Wolverton (Red Hen)
  • Final Girl by Daphne Gottlieb (Soft Skull)
  • Swirl by Susan McCabe (Red Hen)
  • The Beautiful by Michelle Tea (Manic D)

LGBT Studies

  • WINNER: Time on Two Crosses edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise (Cleis)
  • Anything But Straight by Wayne Besen (Harrington Park)
  • Love in the Time of HIV by Michael Mancilla and Lisa Troshinsky (Guilford)
  • Queer Street by James McCourt (W.W. Norton)
  • Strapped for Cash by Mack Friedman (Alyson)

Photography/Visual arts

  • WINNER: Women Seeing Women edited by Lonthar Schirmer (W.W. Norton)
  • A Face in the Crowd edited by John Peterson and Martin Bedogne (Prospect)
  • Familiar Men by Laurie Toby Edison (Shifting Focus)
  • Focus on Living by Roslyn Banish (University of Massachusetts)
  • Vacation in Ibiza by Lawrence Schimel and Sebas (Eurotica/NBM)


  • WINNER (Tie: Last Summer by Michael Thomas Ford (Kensington)
  • WINNER (Tie: Maybe Next Time by Karin Kallmaker (Bella)
  • Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003 edited by Angela Brown (Alyson)
  • Daytime Drama by Dave Benbow (Kensington)
  • They Say She Tastes Like Honey by Michelle Sawyer (Alyson)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Necrologue edited by Helen Sandler (Diva)
  • Elf Child by David M. Pierce (Southern Tier)
  • The Red Line of Yarmald by Diana Rivers (Bella)
  • The Substance of God by Perry Brass (Belhue)
  • Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein (Alyson)


  • WINNER: Keeping Faith by Fenton Johnson (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Anything But Straight by Wayne Besen (Harrington Park)
  • Gay Perspective by Toby Johnson (Alyson)
  • Gay Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak (Red Wheel/Weiser)
  • The Man Jesus Loved by Theodore W. Jennings (Pilgrim)


  • WINNER: She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Broadway)
  • The Drag King Anthology edited by Donna Troka, Kathleen Lebesco, and Jean Noble (Harrington Park)
  • Trans-gendered by Justin Tanis (Pilgrim)
  • Transgender Journeys by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Vanessa Sheridan (Pilgrim)
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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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