Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Awards recognize and honor the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature. From hundreds of books nominated by their publishers and other authorized agents, five nominees were selected in each of 20 categories. Panels of judges in each category, chosen to represent the diversity of the LGBT literary community, determined the final winner from the finalists.

Firebrand Books | Akashic Books | HarperCollins | Alyson Books | Curbstone Press | University of Wisconsin Press | William Morrow | Houghton Mifflin | St. Martin's Press | Kensington Publishing | Red Hen Press | Soft Skull Press | Manic D Press | University of Pittsburgh Press | Farrar, Straus & Giroux | Copper Canyon Press | Graywolf Press | W.W. Norton | Bella Books | New Victoria Publishers | Cleis Press | St. Martin's Minotaur | AttaGirl Press | Green Candy Press | John Hopkins University Press | Conviction Books | Harrington Park Press | Boheme Press | Marlowe & Company | Broadway Books | Bloomsbury | Alfred A. Knopf | Free Press | Southern Illinois University Press | Knopf Books for Young Readers | HarperTempest | Simon & Schuster | Little, Brown & Company | Arsenal Pulp Press | Southern Tier Editions | Diva Books | Belhue Press | Red Wheel/Weiser | The Pilgrim Press | Guilford Press | W.W.Norton | Applause Theatre & Cinema Books | The Writers' Collective | Scirocco Drama | Prospect Publishing | Shifting Focus Press | University of Massachusetts Press | Eurotica/NBM | Columbia University Press | Doubleday |

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

Gay Men's Fiction
Beijing: A Novel, by Philip Gambone (University of Wisconsin Press)
Lives of the Circus Animals : A Novel, by Christopher Bram (William Morrow)
The Book of Salt : A Novel, by Monique Truong (Houghton Mifflin)
War Against the Animals : A Novel, by Paul Russell (St. Martin's Press)
Where the Boys Are, by William J. Mann (Kensington Publishing)

Lesbian Poetry
Embers: A novel in poems, by Terry Wolverton (Red Hen Press)
Final Girl, by Daphne Gottlieb (Soft Skull Press)
Swirl, by Susan McCabe (Red Hen Press)
The Beautiful, by Michelle Tea (Manic D Press)
The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems, by Minnie Bruce Pratt (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Gay Men's Poetry
Middle Earth: Poems, by Henri Cole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Otherhood: Poems, by Reginald Shepherd (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Saying the World, by Peter Pereira (Copper Canyon Press)
Sky Lounge, by Mark Bibbins (Graywolf Press)
The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry, by Rafael Campo (W.W. Norton)

Lesbian Mystery
Cry Havoc: A Detective Franco Mystery, by Baxter Clare (Bella Books)
Damn Straight: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story, by Elizabeth Sims (Alyson Books)
Epitaph for an Angel: A Connor Hawthorne Mystery, by Lauren Maddison (Alyson Books)
Owl of the Desert, by Ida Swearingen (New Victoria Publishers)
The Woman Who Found Grace: A Cordelia Morgan Mystery, by Bett Reece Johnson (Cleis Press)

Gay Men's Mystery
Blind Eye: A Benjamin Justice Novel, by John Morgan Wilson (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Bourbon Street Blues, by Greg Herren (Kensington Publishing)
Dead Egotistical Morons, by Mark Richard Zubro (St. Martin's Minotaur)
It Takes Two, by Elliott Mackle (Alyson Books)
Wearing Black to the White Party, by David Stukas (Kensington Publishing)

Fiction Anthology
All I Want for Christmas, by Jon Jeffrey, Chris Kenry, William J. Mann, Ben Tyler (Kensington Publishing)
Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003, Angela Brown, ed. (Alyson Books)
M2M: New Literary Fiction, Karl Woelz, ed. (AttaGirl Press)
Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps, Michael Bronski, ed. (St. Martin's Press)
Telling Moments: Autobiographical Lesbian Stories, Lydia Hall, ed. (University of Wisconsin Press)

Nonfiction Anthology
Boyfriends from Hell: True Tales of Tainted Lovers, Disastrous Dates, and Love Gone Wrong, Kevin Bentley, ed. (Green Candy Press)
Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS, Robert Klitzman and Ronald Bayer, eds. (John Hopkins University Press)
Pinned Down by Pronouns, by Toni Amato and Mary Davies, eds. (Conviction Books)
Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories, Bob Guter and John R. Killacky, eds. (Harrington Park Press)
The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Sexuality and Desire, Greg Wharton, ed. (Boheme Press)

Memoir / Autobiography
Cleopatra's Wedding Present: Travels through Syria, by Robert Tewdwr Moss (University of Wisconsin Press)
Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major-League Baseball, by Billy Bean (Marlowe & Company)
Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's, by Marijane Meaker (Cleis Press)
Naked in the Promised Land, by Lillian Faderman (Houghton Mifflin)
She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Broadway Books)

Beautiful Shadow : A Life of Patricia Highsmith, by Andrew Wilson (Bloomsbury)
Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle, by Lois W. Banner (Alfred A. Knopf)
Lost Prophet : The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by John D'Emilio (Free Press)
Original Youth: The Real Story of Edmund White's Youth, by Keith Fleming (Green Candy Press)
That Furious Lesbian: The Story of Mercedes de Acosta, by Robert A. Schanke (Southern Illinois University Press)

Children / Young Adult
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)

Best Gay Erotica 2004, Richard Labonte, ed. (Cleis Press)
Best Lesbian Erotica 2004, Tristan Taormino, ed. (Cleis Press)
Hot & Bothered 4: Short Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire, Karen X. Tulchinsky, ed. (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Masters of Midnight, by Michael Thomas Ford, William J. Mann, Sean Wolfe, Jeff Mann (Kensington Publishing)
Quickies 3: Short Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire, James Johnstone, ed. (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Chelsea Boys, by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth (Alyson Books)
Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel (Alyson Books)
Men Are Pigs, but We Love Bacon: Not-So-Straight Answers from America's Most Outrageous Gay Sex Columnist, by Michael Alvear (Kensington Publishing)
My Big Fat Queer Life: The Best of Michael Thomas Ford, by Michael Thomas Ford (Alyson Books)
That's Why They're in Cages, People!, by Joel Perry (Alyson Books)

Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003, Angela Brown, ed. (Alyson Books)
Daytime Drama, by Dave Benbow (Kensington Publishing)
Last Summer, by Michael Thomas Ford (Kensington Publishing)
Maybe Next Time, by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
They Say She Tastes Like Honey, by Michelle Sawyer (Alyson Books)

Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Elf Child, by David M. Pierce (Southern Tier Editions)
Necrologue, Helen Sandler, ed. (Diva Books)
The Red Line of Yarmald (The Hadra Series), by Diana Rivers (Bella Books)
The Substance of God: A Spiritual Thriller, by Perry Brass (Belhue Press)
Vampire Thrall, by Michael Schiefelbein (Alyson Books)

Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, by Wayne Besen (Harrington Park Press)
Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe, by Toby Johnson (Alyson Books)
Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe, by Christopher Penczak (Red Wheel/Weiser)
Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey, by Fenton Johnson (Houghton Mifflin)
Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament, by Theodore W. Jennings (The Pilgrim Press)

LGBT Studies
Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, by Wayne Besen (Harrington Park Press)
Love in the Time of HIV: The Gay Man's Guide to Sex, Dating, and Relationships, by Michael Mancilla and Lisa Troshinsky (Guilford Press)
Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985, by James McCourt (W.W.Norton)
Strapped for Cash: A History of American Hustler Culture, by Mack Friedman (Alyson Books)
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin, Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise, eds. (Cleis Press)

Forbidden Acts, by Ben Hodges (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays, by C.E. Gatchalian (The Writers' Collective)
Prok, by Brian Drader (Scirocco Drama)
The Band Plays : The Boys in the Band and its Sequel The Men from the Boys, by Mart Crowley (Alyson Books)
Women in Turmoil: Six Plays, Robert Schanke, ed. (Southern Illinois University Press)

Transgender / Genderqueer
She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Broadway Books)
The Drag King Anthology, Donna Troka, Kathleen Lebesco, Jean Noble, eds. (Harrington Park Press)
Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, by Justin Tanis (The Pilgrim Press)
Transgender Journeys, by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Vanessa Sheridan (The Pilgrim Press)

Visual arts / Photography
A Face in the Crowd: Expressions of Gay Life in America, John Peterson and Martin Bedogne, eds. (Prospect Publishing)
Familiar Men, by Laurie Toby Edison (Shifting Focus Press)
Focus on Living: Portraits of Americans With HIV and AIDS, by Roslyn Banish (University of Massachusetts Press)
Vacation in Ibiza, by Lawrence Schimel and Sebas (Eurotica/NBM)
Women Seeing Women: From the Early Days of Photography to the Present, Lonthar Schirmer, ed. (W.W.Norton)