For the last 15 years, the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize has recognized the “best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under” with an annual prize of 30,000 pounds (about $37,800). And for the last 30 years, the Lambda Literary Awards have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books.

Bryan Washington won two top literary prizes back to back for his debut short story collection, “Lot.” (Photo by David Gracia)

Bryan Washington won both awards back to back in the last month for his debut short story collection, “Lot.”