«As the most comprehensive LGBTQ book awards, the Lammys ensure that LGBTQ stories are recognized and retold as part of the literature of the world,» said Lambda Literary Award Administrator Kathleen DeBold.
Books submitted for consideration in this Lammys cycle must be published between January 1st and December 31st, 2015 and meet the Lammys Submission Guidelines. Finalists will be announced in March 2016 and Lammy Awards will be presented at the annual Lambda Literary Awards gala planned for early June of 2016 in New York City.
Lambda Literary is, for the first time, adding the Lammy category of Transgender Poetry in response to the growth in the genre.
«Poetry is the byway through which the lyricism of our crucial emotional and intellectual interior lives can be fully realized,» said William Johnson, Lambda Literary Managing Editor who has been working closely with Trans poets and publishers to establish this new Lammy category. «By offering a Trans Poetry Award, Lambda Literary affirms the importance of poetry as a literary form that offers dynamic insights into our genuine selves, as well as the vital significance that these insights play in our ongoing cultural conversation.»
The Lammys celebrate the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature and honor groundbreaking work by members of the LGBT literary community. Since its inception in 1989, Lambda Literary has awarded more than 525 Lammys to outstanding authors including Dorothy Allison, Edmund White, Cherrie Moraga, Leslie Feinberg, Samuel R. Delany, Kate Bornstein, Armistead Maupin, Rita Mae Brown, John Waters and Hilton Als.