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2021 Winners

Congratulations 2021 Lammy Award Winners

On June 1, 2021, we announced the winners of the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. These winners were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers.

In addition to the winners below, four special honors were awarded: Ana-Maurine Lara received the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, the Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize went to Sarah Gerard and Brontez Purnell, Nancy Agabian received the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers was awarded to Taylor Johnson and T Kira Madden.

You can pick up any of the winning books you haven’t read on our curated list at, where your purchases benefit Lambda Literary.

Lesbian Fiction

cover of "Fiebre Tropical" : a flourescent purple palm tree against a dark blue background

Fiebre Tropical
Juli Delgado Lopera
Feminist Press

cover of "Neotenica" by Joon Oluchi Lee

Gay Fiction

Joon Oluchi Lee
Nightboat Books

cover for Zaina Arafat's "You Exist Too Much"

Bisexual Fiction

You Exist Too Much
Zaina Arafat

cover of Zeyn Joukhadar's "The Thirty Names of Night"

Transgender Fiction

The Thirty Names of Night
Zeyn Joukhadar

Atria Books

cover of Samantha Irby's "Wow, No Thank You." : a fluffy brown bunny seated on a green background

Bisexual Nonfiction

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays
Samantha Irby

cover of "The Black Trans Prayer Book": a bundle of incense burning on a smoke-filled, blue background

Transgender Nonfiction

The Black Trans Prayer Book
J Mase III & Dane Figueroa Edidi
The Black Trans Prayer Book

cover of Ashon T. Crawley's "The Lonely Letters"

LGBTQ Nonfiction

The Lonely Letters
Ashon T. Crawley
Duke University Press

cover of Pamela Sneed's "Funeral Diva": abstract painting of a blue person on a mottled red and orange background

Lesbian Poetry

Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed
City Lights Books

cover of Eduardo C. Corral's "Guillotine"

Gay Poetry

Eduardo C. Corral
Graywolf Press

cover of Aricka Foreman's "Salt Body Shimmer"

Bisexual Poetry

Salt Body Shimmer
Aricka Foreman

YesYes Books

cover of Sade LaNay's "I Love You and I'm Not Dead"

Transgender Poetry

I love you and I’m not dead
Sade LaNay
Argos Books

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

cover of Jenn Shapland's "My Autobiography of Carson McCullers"

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers
Jenn Shapland

Tin House Books

Gay Memoir/Biography

cover of Mohsin Zaidi's "A Dutiful Boy"

A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance
Mohsin Zaidi
Square Peg

Lesbian Romance

Cover of "Written in the Stars" by Alexandria Bellefleur

Written in the Stars
Alexandria Bellefleur
Avon Books

Gay Romance

cover for Felice Stevens's "The Ghost and Charlie Muir"

The Ghost and Charlie Muir
Felice Stevens

LGBTQ Anthology

cover of Love After The End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction" edited by Joshua Whitehead

Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction
edited by Joshua Whitehead
Arsenal Pulp Press

LGBTQ Children’s/Middle Grade

cover for Kacen Callender's "King and the Dragonflies"

King and the Dragonflies
Kacen Callender

LGBTQ Young Adult

cover for Mike Curato's "Flamer"

Mike Curato
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

LGBTQ Comics

cover for Bishak Som's "Apsara Engine"

Apsara Engine
Bishakh Som
Feminist Press


"The Book of Mountains and Seas" over a red silhouette of a city skyline and rolling blue waves beneath it

The Book of Mountains and Seas
Yilong Liu
New Conservatory Theatre Center

LGBTQ Erotica

Cover of Lee Suksi's "The Nerves"

The Nerves
Lee Suksi
Metatron Press

LGBTQ Mystery

cover for Tom Ryan's "I Hope You're Listening"

I Hope You’re Listening
Tom Ryan
Albert Whitman & Company

LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

cover for Julian K. Jarboe's "Everyone On The Moon is Essential Personnel"

Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel
Julian K. Jarboe

Lethe Press

LGBTQ Studies

cover for Zakiyyah Iman Jackson's "Becoming Human"

Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson
NYU Press

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