All Lit Up

The winners books for this years Bisexual Book Awards were revealed in a ceremony in New York, including a couple of categories where the judging panel just couldn’t decide and so joint winners were declared.

The same week the Lammys – America’s long-running Lambda Literary Awards – were presented too. It’s not long since the Lammys trimmed from two bi categories to just one on the basis that there just wasn’t enough good new bi literature coming out each year so the growth there to three categories this time and the much more extensive shortlists for the BBAs is a welcome contrast. There’s a lot more bi representation out there these days, at long last.

In the Lammys the winners were Disoriental by Négar Djavadi in the Bisexual Fiction category, Out of Step: A Memoir by Anthony Moll for Bisexual Non-Fiction. We Play a Game by Duy Doan took the prize for Bisexual Poetry.

Doan was a runner up in the BBAs but neither Moll nor Djavadi were even shortlisted.

The victors (and runners-up) in each category of the Bisexual Book Awards are as follows:






Erotic Fiction

Speculative Fiction (Scifi etc)

Teen/Young Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: We Are Young by Cat Clarke, Quercus Children’s Books / Hachette Childrens Group
  • A Love Song for Mr Dakota by Gene Gant, Harmony Ink Press / Dreamspinner Press
  • Palmetto Rose by J.E. Sumerau, Brill / Sense
  • Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker, Angus & Robertson / HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick, Duet Books / Interlude Press



  • WINNER: God Was Right by Diana Hamilton, Ugly Duckling Presse
  • Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, BreakBeat Poets series, Haymarket Books
  • Like Flesh Covers Bone by Jan Steckel, Zeitgeist Press
  • Refuse by Julian Randall, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • We Play a Game by Duy Doan, Yale University Press

Publisher of the Year

  • Less Than Three Press.

Bi Writer of the Year

  • JOINT WINNER: Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart, Viking / Penguin Random House.
  • JOINT WINNER: Duy Doan, We Play a Game, Yale University Press.
  • JOINT WINNER: J.R. Mabry, The Worship of Mystery, The Apocryphile Press.
  • Kate Evans, Target, Coyote Creek Books.
  • Lilah Suzanne, Jilted, Interlude Press.
  • Rachel Wiley, Nothing Is Okay, Button Poetry.


BCN issue 155 coverThis originally appeared in

Bi Community News issue 155

Published July/August 2019.


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