2018 Lambda Literary Awards Honor LGBTQ Literature

June 5, 2018

The 2018 Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night in New York City. The annual award, now in its 30th year, celebrates the “best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm[s] that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.” In addition to the other awards, Lamdba’s Trustee and Visionary Awards were given to Roxane Gay and Edmund White.

The winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards are as follows:


Lesbian Fiction

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Our review of Machado’s “body horrors” and interview with the author)

Gay Fiction

After the Blue Hour by John Rechy

Bisexual Fiction

The Gift by Barbara Browning

Bisexual Nonfiction

Hunger by Roxane Gay

LGBTQ Nonfiction

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Transgender Nonfiction

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Gay Memoir/Biography

Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man by Chike Frankie Edozien

Graphic Novel

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (the one book reco’d by Robin Sloan in his Year in Reading entry)


The full list of winners can be found here.

is an associate editor for The Millions. She works in academic publishing by day and is a freelance writer and book reviewer by night. She tweets at @CarolynQuimby.