Edmund White

Winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards

Winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. The announcement was made at a ceremony in New York to mark the 30th annual awards of Lambda Literary as an organization founded on the mission to affirm, celebrate and preserve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature in the United States.

Winners include:

Visionary Award: Edmund White

Trustee Award: Roxane Gay

Lesbian Fiction: Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press), by Carmen Maria Machado

Gay Fiction: After the Blue Hour (Grove Press), by John Rechy

Bisexual Fiction: The Gift (Coffee House Press), by Barbara Browning

Transgender Fiction: Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press), by Bogi Takacs (ed)

LGBTQ Nonfiction: How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books), by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Bisexual Nonfiction: Hunger (HaperCollins), by Roxane Gay

Transgender Nonfiction: Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press), by C. Riley Snorton

Lesbian Poetry: Rock | Salt |Stone (Nightboat Books), by Rosamond S. King

Gay Poetry: While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), by CA Conrad

Transgender Poetry: recombinant (Kelsey Street Press), by Ching-In Chen

Lesbian Mystery: Huntress (Heartsome Publishing), by A. E. Radley

Gay Mystery: Night Drop (Kenmore Books), by Marshall Thornton

Lesbian Memoir/Biography: The Fact of a Body (Flatiron Books), by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Gay Memoir/Biography: Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man (Team Angelica Publishing), by Chike Frankie Edozien

Lesbian Romance: Tailor-Made (Bold Strokes Books), by Yolanda Wallace

Gay Romance: Love and Other Hot Beverages (Riptide Publishing), by Laurie Loft

LGBTQ Anthology: ¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants (Aunt Lute Books), by Juliana Delgado Lopera

LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult: Like Water (Balzer + Bray), by Rebecca Podos

LGBTQ Drama: The Gulf (Samuel French), by Audrey Cefaly

LGBTQ Erotica: His Seed (Unzipped Books), by Steve Berman

LGBTQ Graphic Novels: My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics Books), by Emil Ferris

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror: Autonomous (Tor Books), by Annalee Newitz

LGBTQ Studies: Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness (University of California Press), Trevor Hoppe


In her acceptance speech, Roxane Gay said, “As a woman, as a black woman, as a queer woman, writing has offered me salvation and sanctuary.” She added that, “I want queer writers to create work that they want to put into the world, regardless if all of the work does or does not meet the expectations of those who read it.”

Among previous Lambda Literary award winners are: Eileen Myles, Chinelo Okparanta, Dawn Lundy Martin, Carl Phillips, Ana Castillo, Danez Smith, Staccie Cassarino. Luis Cernuda, Beverly Burch.