32nd Lambda Literary Awards

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The 32nd Lambda Literary Awards were announced on June 1, 2020,[1] to honour works of LGBT literature published in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, there was no gala ceremony; instead, the winners were announced exclusively through social media and the press.

The nominees were announced in March 2020.[2]

Special awards[edit]

Category Winner
Trustee Award Jericho Brown
Visionary Award Jane Wagner
Publishing Professional Award Brian Lam
Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize Larissa Lai
Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award Xandria Phillips and Calvin Gimpelevich

Nominees and winners[edit]

Category Winner Nominated
Bisexual Fiction Fiona Alison Duncan, Exquisite Mariposa
Bisexual Nonfiction Trisha Low, Socialist Realism
  • Victoria Freeman, A World Without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference
  • Janet W. Hardy, IMPERVIOUS: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant
Bisexual Poetry Stephanie Young, Pet Sounds
Gay Fiction Bryan Washington, Lot
Gay Memoir/Biography Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives
Gay Mystery Michael Nava, Carved in Bone
Gay Poetry Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Slingshot
Gay Romance James Lovejoy, Joseph Chapman: My Molly Life
Lesbian Fiction Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy
Lesbian Memoir/Biography Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
Lesbian Mystery Ann McMan, Galileo
Lesbian Poetry t'ai freedom ford, & more black
Lesbian Romance Emily Noon, Aurora's Angel
LGBTQ Anthology Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse
Noam Sienna, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969
LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Hazel's Theory of Evolution
Alexandra Villasante, The Grief Keeper
LGBTQ Drama Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
LGBTQ Erotica L. A. Warman, Whore Foods
LGBTQ Graphic Novel Kelsey Wroten, Cannonball
LGBTQ Nonfiction Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House
LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, The Deep
LGBTQ Studies Emily L. Thuma, All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence
  • R. L. Cagle, Scorpio Rising: A Queer Film Classic
  • Jian Neo Chen, Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement
  • Elizabeth Freeman, Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century
  • Robb Hernández, Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-Garde
  • Kara Keeling, Queer Times, Black Futures
  • Dana Seitler, Reading Sideways: The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction
  • Roberto Strongman, Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería and Vodou
Transgender Fiction Hazel Jane Plante, Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)
Transgender Nonfiction Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan
Transgender Poetry Xandria Phillips, Hull


  1. ^ "2020 Winners". Lambda Literary Award. June 1, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "Final list of Lambda Literary Awards 2020 announced". The Indian Express, March 11, 2020.