The DIVA Literary Festival kicks off with a bang on the evening of Friday 3rd November with the first ever DIVA Literary Awards, where we’ll be handing out gongs to the cream of the crop in LBT+ women’s writing. Presented by all-round legend and Radio DIVA presenter Heather Peace, the DIVA Literary Festival Dinner and Awards are the ideal way to begin a weekend of culture and fun.
THE YLVA PUBLISHING LITERARY PRIZE FOR FICTION
Books eligible in this category should be written by an author who identifies as LBTQ+ and/or feature leading lesbian / bisexual / trans characters in storylines of particular relevance and significance to the LBTQ+ community.
Mr Oliver's Object of Desire - VG Lee
The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
London Lies Beneath - Stella Duffy
When We Speak Of Nothing - Olumide Popoola
Autumn - Ali Smith
Pages for Her - Sylvia Brownrigg
THE LONDON WOMEN'S CLINIC LITERARY PRIZE FOR ROMANCE
Books eligible in this category should be written by an author who identifies as LBTQ+ and/or feature leading lesbian / bisexual / trans characters in romance-based storylines of particular relevance and significance to the LBTQ+ community.
Running From Love - Jen Silver
A Fairytale of Possibilities - Kiki Archer
Nothing to Lose - Clare Lydon
Poppy Jenkins - Clare Ashton
The Pink Bean Series - Harper Bliss
Different For Girls - Jacquie Lawrence
OPTIMUS CARDS GROUP LITERARY PRIZE FOR CRIME
Books eligible in this category should be written by an author who identifies as LBTQ+ and/or feature leading lesbian / bisexual / trans characters in crime-based storylines of particular relevance and significance to the LBTQ+ community.
The Girl with the Treasure Chest - Veronica Fearon
Insideous Intent - Val McDermid
Gallows Drop - Mari Hannah
Four Steps - Wendy Hudson
A Quiet Death - Cari Hunter
The Viv Fraser Mystery Series - Vicki Clifford
LITERARY PRIZE FOR POETRY
Eligibility criteria for this award include poets with collected works and anthologies.
Valerie Mason John
Carol Ann Duffy
THE UK BLACK PRIDE LITERARY PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
All works of non-fiction, except autobiography and memoir, are incorporated into this category, including (but not limited to) academic books, biographies, histories, books on parenting, politics and gender studies.
Queer: A Graphic History - Meg John Barker
The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism - Whitney Chadwick
The Myth of Mars and Venus - Deborah Cameron
The Gender Games - Juno Dawson
Trans Like Me - C N Lester
Not Guilty - Sue Elliot / Steve Humphries
BOLD STROKES BOOKS LITERARY PRIZE FOR A MEMOIR
Awarded for a memoir or autobiography by an author who identifies as part of the LBTQ+ community.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
The New Girl - Rhyannon Styles
The Crab Of Hate - Susan Calman
Is Monogamy Dead? - Rosie Wilby
Believe - Nicola Adams
Trans - A Memoir - Juliet Jacques
LESBIAN BOX OFFICE LITERARY PRIZE FOR RISING STAR
This award is given to an LBTQ+ writer who has published at least one, but no more than three works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry and who has demonstrated the potential for a long and successful literary career
Girl Hearts Girl - Lucy Sutcliffe
The Wages Of Sin - Kaite Welsh
So Happy It Hurts - Anneliese Mackintosh
The Other Mrs Walker - Mary Paulson Ellis
Whilst I Was Out - Sara Stewart
The Other World, It Whispers - Stefanie Victoire
If you’d like to talk about sponsoring an award, email firstname.lastname@example.org