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A Unique History

For over 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards (or “Lammys”) have maintained a proud tradition of celebrating vibrant, dynamic LGBTQ storytelling. 

In 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards were created to garner national visibility for LGBTQ books, which had established a foothold through a nascent network of lesbian and gay publishers and bookstores.

Today, the Lammys celebrate more than 150 LGBTQ writers across 24 categories, and include several cash prizes for writers at all stages in their careers. 

The Lammys are awarded each June at ceremony in New York City.


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The First Virtual Lammys

In June 2021, the Lammys were presented virtually for the first time, making the event accessible to all members of our community.
The event was hosted by Lammy Award-winning novelist Rakesh Satyal and included a performance from Meshell Ndegeocello.

Special Awards & Cash Prizes

Lambda Literary hosts a number of special awards recognizing the outstanding contributions made by individuals to LGBTQ literature, culture, and community. These cash prizes are made possible by the generosity of our donors and announced at the Lammys. 

  • Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction
  • Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction
  • Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers
  • Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize
  • Introducing The J. Michael Samuel Prize for Emerging Writers Over 50

Submissions for Special Prize categories open in January of the award year. For the 2022 cycle, submissions will open January 14th, 2022 – February 15th, 2022. Each special prize has its own guidelines and submissions contents.

For more information, visit the Special Prizes page. 

Interviews with Previous Award Winners

Check out the latest interviews with our award-winning writers.

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