Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award

About the Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award The Stonewall Book Awards are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Administered by:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table logo

Award and Frequency

The awards, which consist of a commemorative plaque and a cash stipend, are presented to the winning authors or editors at the ALA Annual Conference, held in June or July. The amount of the cash stipend to be awarded is determined annually by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association.

This award is given out on an annual basis.



The awards are given to works published in the United States in the previous calendar year, although works published elsewhere may be considered. (For the purpose of award eligibility, the calendar year shall be understood to include the 12 months from October 1 through September 30). Reprintings of previously published books will not be considered. However, substantially changed new editions of previously published works and English translations of foreign-language books are eligible for the awards.

Recommendations for nomination will not be accepted from the publisher of a proposed book, agents or representatives of the author, or anyone else who may stand to gain directly from the nomination of the book. Members of the Stonewall Book Awards Committee may not nominate a book that they have contributed to, edited, or in any other way been affiliated with, or a book authored or edited by a member of their immediate family or anyone with whom they currently share a household.

Applicant Responsibility

Awardees are expected to receive their award and give an acceptance speech during the Stonewall Book Awards Brunch during the ALA Annual Conference.

Application Instructions


Anyone may suggest a title for consideration by the Stonewall Book Awards Committee except those who would gain from a book's nomination: the publisher, author, or their representatives.

All suggestions must include a short statement describing why the title should be considered.

Contact Information

Kristin Lahurd (Staff Liaison, February 1, 2017, to January 31, 2019) -
Work Phone: (312) 280-3275
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

The Chair of the Stonewall Book Awards Committee shall make the final determination as to category, taking into account the Library of Congress classification number (if applicable).



The Chair will notify the winning authors and publishers as soon as the winners have been decided. The Chair will also notify the publishers of the semifinalists.

In addition to the Co-Chairs of the GLBT Round Table, the Chair will notify the American Library Association of the winners at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, specifically the ALA Public Information Office and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.

In collaboration with the Chair of the GLBT Round Table External Relations Committee, the Book Awards Chair shall prepare a press release announcing the winners and finalists. Copies of this announcement shall be sent to the editor of the GLBT Round Table Newsletter, the ALA Public Information Office, library and bookselling periodicals, and other glbt publishers, booksellers, periodicals, and newspapers. The press release shall also be distributed widely through discussion groups on the Internet.

The Chair must request social security numbers from the winning authors. This information is forwarded to the liaison at the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, who arranges for the award checks. Due to the limited funding for the Book Awards, letters to the winning title's publisher should encourage the publisher to fund the winner's attendance at the ALA Annual Conference.