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Awards for Cleis Press

2013

2013 Baby Maternity Awards - 2013 Top Choice of the Year Award for Parenting Aids-Baby Book category

Independent Publisher Book Awards
G/L/B/T Non-Fiction - Bronze: Transitions of the Heart
Lesbian Erotica - Gold: The Harder She Comes

Golden Crown Literary Society
Lesbian Erotica - Gold: Girls Who Score

Books for a Better Life
Relationships - Happily Even After


2012

National Leather Association: International's Samois Anthology Award

Independent Publisher Book Awards
Sexuality and Relationships - Gold: Best Sex Writing 2012, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sexuality and Relationships - Bronze: Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad, by Liz Langley

Writing and Publishing - Silver: Better Than Great, by Arthur Plotnik

Erotica - Gold: Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, edited by D.L. King

Erotica - BronzeWomen in Lust: Erotic Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Literary Fiction - Silver: The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, by Paul Russell



2011

National Leather Association: International's Samois Anthology Award:
Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, edited by Tristan Taormino

TLA Gaybie Award
for Gay Erotic Fiction:
College Boys: Gay Erotic Stories, edited by Shane Allison


2010

Independent Publisher Book Award for Erotica:
Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Independent Publisher Book Award for Erotica: 
Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples, edited by Violet Blue

Independent Publisher Book Award for Personal Growth (Silver):
Living Life as a Thank You, by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons

Lambda Literary Award
for Lesbian Erotica:
Lesbian Cowboys, edited by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia


2009

Independent Publisher Book Award for Erotica:
Tasting Him and Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

National Leather Association Writing Award for Anthology:
Hurts So Good: Unrestrained Erotica, edited by Alison Tyler

National Leather Association Writing Award for John Preston Short Fiction:
"Kidnapping Chris" by Jeff Mann, included in Best Gay Bondage Erotica, edited by Richard Labonté


2008

Lambda Literary Award  for Gay Erotica:
Best Gay Erotica 2009, edited by Richard Labonté and selected by James Lear


2007

Independent Publisher Book Award for Erotica:
Best Women’s Erotica 2007, edited by Violet Blue


2006

Independent Publisher Book Award for Erotica:
Best Women’s Erotica 2006, edited by Violet Blue

San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay
:
"Best Dykes Under the Covers"


2004

Lambda
Literary Award for Gay Erotica:
Best Gay Erotica 2005, edited by Richard Labonté and selected by William J. Mann

Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies:
Time on Two Crosses, edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise

Pulizter Prize for Drama and Tony Award:
Doug Wright’s play “I Am My Own Wife,” which is based in part on the Cleis Press memoir by Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards


2003

Lambda
Literary Award for Lesbian Erotica:
Best Lesbian Erotica 2004, edited by Tristan Taormino and selected by Michelle Tea

Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian:
Black Like Us, edited by Devon Carbado, Dwight McBride, and Don Weise

Lambda Literary Award
for Anthologies/Fiction:
Black Like Us, edited by Devon Carbado, Dwight McBride, and Don Weise


2002

Lambda
Literary Award for Erotica:
Best Lesbian Erotica 2003, edited by Tristan Taormino and selected by Cheryl Clarke


2001

Lambda Literary Award
for Small Press:
Conversaciones!, by Mariana Romo-Carmona


1999

Firecracker Alternative Book Award
for Fiction:
The Leather Daddy and the Femme: An Erotic Novel, by Carol Queen


1998

Firecracker Alternative Book Award
for Poetry:
Queer Dog: Homo Pup Poetry, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlburg

Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Sex:
The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women by Tristan Taormino

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Studies:
A Fragile Union, by Joan Nestle

Lambda Literary Award
for Lesbian Poetry:
Marianne Faithfull’s Cigarette by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg


1997

Firecracker Alternative Book Award
for Outstanding Independent Press:
Cleis Press.

 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender:
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, edted by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel


1996

Lambda Literary Award
for Transgender:
Body Alchemy, by Loren Cameron

Lambda Literary Award for Small Press:
Body Alchemy, by Loren Cameron

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction:
Memory Mambo, by Achy Obejas


1995

Lambda Literary Award
for Editor’s Choice:
Forbidden Passages, edited by Cleis Press, introdcution by Pat Califia and Janine Fuller


1989

Words Project for AIDS Award

For contribution to the literature of AIDS







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