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Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:03

30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards submissions are now open

Written by  Lambda Literary

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Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than twenty genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir.

Books submitted for consideration in this Lammys cycle must be published between January 1st and December 31st, 2017 and meet the Lammys Submission Guidelines. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

The Lammys celebrate the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature and honor groundbreaking work by members of the LGBTQ literary community. Since the first ceremony in 1989, Lambda Literary has awarded more than 575 Lammys to outstanding authors including Dorothy Allison, Edmund White, Cherrie Moraga, Leslie Feinberg, Samuel R. Delany, Kate Bornstein, Armistead Maupin, Rita Mae Brown, Jacqueline Woodson, John Waters and Hilton Als.

The revised guidelines and online submission form are available. The submission period will close on December 1, 2017. Please carefully read the guidelines and make sure you are entering the correct category before you submit.

This year, Lambda Literary is proud to announce a major change to the LGBTQ Drama category: unpublished play manuscripts are now also eligible, as long as the play has received a full production with at least 8 consecutive shows in 2017. Manuscripts must be bound.

"We are taking steps to offer more support to queer playwrights," said Ella Boureau, Awards Administrator. "We are expanding our guidelines to include unpublished plays that have received a full production. It is important to recognize that whereas being published is what legitimizes standard literature, that is not what legitimizes a work of theater. Lambda recognizes that there is a large pool of LGBTQ plays being written and produced, and we would like to see that reflected in the work we celebrate."


Lambda Literary believes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read. Lambda's programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, and our web magazine, The Lambda Literary Review, at


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