Since 1988 the Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) have identified and celebrated the best U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year. The Lambda Literary Foundation states that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians - the whole literary community."
The Lambda Literary Foundation also presents a number of special awards. The Pioneer Award is a lifetime achievement award to a distinguished figure in the history of LGBT literature; the Bridge Builder Award is presented to a person, regardless of sexuality, who has been a prominent ally and advocate of the LGBT community; and the Trustee Award is presented to a writer who has made a considerable contribution to a wider awareness and understanding of the lives of LGBT people.
Beginning in 2011, the Lambda Literary Awards took over the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize, formerly presented by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. The award, endowed by academic and writer James Duggins, is presented annually to two LGBT writers, one male and one female, to honor their body of work. In 2013, the foundation instituted the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, to honor young LGBT writers who have published at least one book.
FIrst presented in 2013, the Bisexual Book Awards are an annual literary award program, presented by the Bi Writers Association to honor the year's best works of literature addressing themes of bisexuality.
Awards are presented in 11 categories, where any writer who has addressed bisexual themes in their work may be submitted for consideration. Two special awards are also presented: the Bi Book Publisher Award to the publishing company that has submitted the most books to the awards program that year, and the Bi Writer Award for the best book by an out bisexual writer.
Named for Alice B. Toklas, the Alice B. Medal is given annually to living writers who have careers distinguished by consistently well-written stories about lesbians. The award is given once, only, in appreciation of career achievement. At least two Medals are given annually. In order to qualify a writer must have published at least 3 books.
The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an emerging Canadian writer who is part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The winner is selected by an independent jury of three members, and presented annually during Toronto's Pride Week celebrations.
The James Tiptree Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The aim of the award is described as "not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating.The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr.
The Publishing Triangle presents 10 awards each spring, honoring the best in LGBTQ writing: the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award; the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; in conjunction with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards, Inc., the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction; and the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award, which is presented not to a writer but to recognize an individual or organization for contributions to LGBTQ letters.
The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature. The Goldies are presented each year at the Annual GCLS Conference to recognize excellence in lesbian literature. Awards are given in 14 "genre" categories and 5 special categories.