Winterson was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2006 New Year Honours "For services to literature".
She is a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Awards. Written on the Body won in the category of Lesbian Fiction in 1994, and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? won in the category of Lesbian Memoir or Biography in 2013. Additionally, Winterson's book Sexing the Cherry won the 1989 E. M. Forster Award.