The Ferro–Grumley Awards were first awarded in 1990. They are made possible by the estates of novelists and lovers Robert Ferro (The Family of Max Desir) and Michael Grumley (Life Studies) and are funded and administered by Ferro–Grumley Literary Awards Inc., a foundation headed by Stephen Greco.

The Publishing Triangle is proud to have been associated with the Ferro–Grumley Awards since 1994.

The purpose of these awards is to honor culture-driving fiction from LGBTQ points of view. Through 2008, two awards were given each year, in the categories of “women” and “men,” to the authors of the most significant novels and collections and short stories. After a transitional year in which 7 books were named finalists and 2 winners—1 of each gender—were selected, there is now a single prize. For several years it was called the Ferro–Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction; it is now called the Ferro–Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction.

The award is given for books published in the preceding year in the United States or Canada (i.e., the 2019 award honored books published in 2018). The finalists and the winners are determined by a panel of judges appointed by Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards. The winner receives a prize of $1000, as well as a residency at Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy.

In the listings below, finalists are presented in alphabetical order by book title. Bold type and a triangle indicate winners.


A field of 5-6 finalists competes for 1 award.


Call Me Cassandra, by Marcial Gala, trans. Anna Kushner (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta, by James Hannaham (Little, Brown & Co.)

The Other Mother, by Rachel M. Harper  (Counterpoint)

Brother Alive, by Zain Khalid (Grove Atlantic) 

Junie, by Chelene Knight (Book*hug Press)

Big Girl, by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (Liveright/W.W Norton & Co)


Afterparties, by Anthony Veasna So (Ecco)

Milk Fed, by Melissa Broder (Scribner)

An Ordinary Wonder, by Buki Papillon (Pegasus Books)

The Rebellious Tide, by Eddy Boudel Tan (Dundurn Press)

Summer Fun, by Jeanne Thornton (Soho Press)


The Appointment, by Katharina Volckmer (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster)

Apsara Engine, by Bishakh Som (Feminist Press)

Fiebre Tropical, by Juli Delgado Lopera (Feminist Press)

Memorial, by Bryan Washington (Riverhead)

Neotenica, by Joon Oluchi Lee (Nightboat Books)


A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, edited by Janice Gould (Sinister Wisdom)

Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo (Black Cat / Grove Atlantic)

Lie with Me, by Philippe Besson; translated by Molly Ringwald (Scribner)

Like Wings, Your Hands, by Elizabeth Earley (Red Hen Press)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press)

Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead)


Drapetomania, by John R. Gordon (Team Angelica)

Eden, by Andrea Kleine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Evolution of Love, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Rare Bird)

A Ladder to the Sky, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)

Tin Man, by Sarah Winman (Putnam)


The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac (Bywater Books)

The Disintegrations, by Alistair McCartney (University of Wisconsin Press)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)

Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

Outside Is the Ocean, by Matthew Lansburgh (University of Iowa Press)


Advocate, by Darren Greer (Cormorant Books)

Moonstone, by Sjón; translated by Victoria Cribb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A Thin Bright Line, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (University of Wisconsin Press)

The Troubleseeker, by Alan Lessik (Chelsea Station Editions)


After the Parade, by Lori Ostlund (Scribner)

JD, by Mark Merlis (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press)

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)

A Poet of the Invisible World, by Michael Golding (Picador)

Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)

Mr. Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)

Sideways Down the Sky, by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)

When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)


All This Talk of Love, by Christopher Castellani (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)

Local Souls, by Allan Gurganus (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

The Two Hotel Francforts, by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury USA)

Where You Can Find Me, by Sheri Joseph (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)


An Arab Melancholia, by Abdelleh Taïa (Semiotex[e])

By Blood, by Ellen Ullman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A Horse Named Sorrow, by Trebor Healey (University of Wisconsin Press)

King of Angels, by Perry Brass (Belhue Press)

The Lava in My Bones, by Barry Webster (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Sea Change, by Ken Anderson (Starbooks Press)


Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr (Coach House Press)

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, by Shannon Cain (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Quarantine, by Rahul Mehta (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins)

Remembrance of Things I Forgot, by Bob Smith (University of Wisconsin Press)

The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst (Alfred A. Knopf)

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, by Paul Russell (Cleis Press)


The Big Bang Symphony, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (University of Wisconsin Press)

Inferno, by Eileen Myles (OR Books)

Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox (Arsenal Pulp Press)

The More I Owe You, by Michael Sledge (Counterpoint Press)

Perfect Peace, by Daniel Black (St. Martin’s Press)

The Silver Hearted, by David McConnell (Alyson Books)


The Blonde on the Train, by Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple Press)

A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone (Bywater Books)

The Hour Between, by Sebastian Stuart (Alyson Books)

Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre (Harper/HarperCollins)

More of This World or Maybe Another, by Barb Johnson (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins)

Shaming the Devil, by G. Winston James (Top Pen Press)


The Book of Getting Even, by Benjamin Taylor (Steerforth)

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Love and Lies, by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff (Random House)

The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Us Ones in Between, by Blair Mastbaum (Running Press)


In this transitional year, the award was renamed, to broaden its scope to explicitly include books about the bisexual and transgendered experience. A field of 7 finalists competed for 2 awards.


Brendan Wolf, by Brian Malloy

Call Me by Your Name, by André Aciman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Child, by Sarah Schulman (Carroll & Graf)

The IHOP Papers, by Ali Liebegott (Carroll & Graf)

Like Son, by Felicia Luna Lemus (Akashic Books)

Michael Tolliver Lives, by Armistead Maupin (Harper/HarperCollins)

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, by Peter Cameron (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)



Bow Grip, by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Every Visible Thing, by Lisa Carey (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

The Last Time I Saw You, by Rebecca Brown (City Lights)


Brian in Three Seasons, by Patricia Grossman (Permanent Press)

Gotta Find Me an Angel, by Brenda Brooks (Raincoast Books)

Loose End, by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press)


Life Mask, by Emma Donoghue (Harcourt)

Notice, by Heather Lewis (Serpent’s Tail)

A Seahorse Year, by Stacey D’Erasmo (Houghton Mifflin)


Dykes & Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel (Alyson Books)

The End of Youth, by Rebecca Brown (City Lights)

Southland, by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)


Dear First Love, by Zoé Valdés (HarperCollins)

Hunger, by Jane Eaton Hamilton (Oberon Press)

Lucky in the Corner, by Carol Anshaw (Houghton Mifflin)


Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas (Ballantine)

Light Coming Back, by Ann Wadsworth (Alyson Books)

Slammerkin, by Emma Donoghue (Harcourt)


Affinity, by Sarah Waters (Riverhead)

Cool for You, by Eileen Myles (Soft Skull Press)

The Silk Road, by Jane Summer (Alyson Books)


Shy Girl, by Elizabeth Stark (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters (Riverhead)

What She Left Me, by Judy Doenges (Middlebury Press)


Don’t Explain, by Jewelle Gomez

Like, by Ali Smith

The Pagoda, by Patricia Powell


Beyond the Pale, by Elana Dykewoman

Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Soul Kiss, by Shay Youngblood


Love and Death and Other Stories, by Jenifer Levin

Old Love, by Margaret Ehrhart

Sunnybrook, by Permsimmon Blackbridge



Alternatives to Sex, by Stephen McCauley (Simon and Schuster)

Exiles in America, by Christopher Bram (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

A Scarecrow’s Bible, by Martin Hyatt (Suspect Thoughts Press)


Branwell, by Douglas A. Martin (Soft Skull Press)

The First Verse, by Barry McCrea (Carroll & Graf)

Still Life with June, by Darren Greer (St. Martin’s Press)


Belmondo Style, by Adam Berlin (St. Martin’s Press)

The Master, by Colm Tóibín (Scribner)

Van Allen’s Ecstasy, by Jim Tushinski (Southern Tier Editions/Harrington Park Press)


Lives of the Circus Animals, by Christopher Bram (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

The Music of Your Life, by John Rowell (Simon and Schuster)

Through It Came Bright Colors, by Trebor Healey (Harrington Park Press)


At Swim, Two Boys, by Jamie O’Neill (Scribner)

Avoidance, by Michael Lowenthal (Graywolf Press)

The Year of Ice, by Brian Malloy (St. Martin’s Press)


Edinburgh, by Alexander Chee (Welcome Rain Publishers)

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, by J. T. LeRoy (Bloomsbury)

The Rose City, by David Ebershoff (Viking Press)


Guess Again: Stories, by Bernard Cooper (Simon and Schuster)

The Married Man, by Edmund White (Alfred A. Knopf)

Martin Bauman; Or, A Sure Thing, by David Leavitt (Houghton Mifflin)


Breakfast with Scot, by Michael Downing (Counterpoint)

The Coming Storm, by Paul Russell (St. Martin’s Press)

Allan Stein, by Matthew Stadler (Grove)


The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

The Long Falling, by Keith Ridgway

The Same Embrace, by Michael Lowenthal


Bruiser, by Richard House

The Farewell Symphony, by Edmund White

The Story of the Night, by Colm Tóibín


The Beauty of Men, by Andrew Holleran

The Captain’s Fire, by J. S. Marcus

The Death of Friends, by Michael Nava


Between 1990 and 1996, there were no finalists—only a winner was announced. As noted, one year the male prize was presented to a work of nonfiction.


1996 Felice Picano, Like People in History

1995 Mark Merlis, American Studies

1994 John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil* [*special award for distinguished nonfiction]

1993 Randall Keenan, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

1992 Melvin Dixon, Vanishing Rooms

1991 Allen Barnett, The Body and Its Dangers

1990 Dennis Cooper, Closer


1996 Sarah Schulman, Rat Bohemia

1995 Heather Lewis, House Rules

1994 Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

1993 Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

1992 Blanch McCrary Boyd, The Revolution of Little Girls

1991 Cherry Muhanji, Her

1990 Ruthann Robson, Eye of the Hurricane