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Lambda Literary names Lambda Literary Awards finalists
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New York, NY — Lambda Literary, the nation's premier LGBTQ literary organization, today announces the finalists of the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the "Lammys").

Created over thirty years ago to recognize the crucial role LGBTQ writers play in shaping the world, the Lammys celebrate the very best in LGBTQ literature. Since the inception of the Lammys in 1989, more than 3,500 books have been named finalist or winner, an imprimatur that bookstores, libraries, and individuals use to stock their shelves.

This award cycle was the most competitive yet, with the highest ever submission volume in Lammy Award history. "We are particularly inspired by such amazing numbers in the LGBTQ Young Adult and Children's/Middle Grade categories," the Awards Manager says. "The modern movement to ban access to LGBTQ books for young people is horrendous, but we hope the publishing industry continues backing these remarkable works in volume to meet that resistance."

Exemplifying how queer literature is far from monolithic, the Lammys celebrate books across 24 categories, and feature works by writers from large and small presses, as well as debut and self-published authors.

Finalists and winners will be celebrated in a virtual award ceremony on Saturday, June 11th, hosted by drag queen and visual artist Sasha Velour. Event registration starts at $50 USD and includes a gift bag of digital offerings from our friends and sponsors, as well as access to an afternoon of readings and talks with our finalists prior to the evening's ceremony. Proceeds benefit Lambda Literary's educational programs for LGBTQ young people and emerging writers. Tickets to the virtual event are available here. For more information about the finalists, go here.

This year's finalists were first announced exclusively by the Associated Press. Please join us in celebrating the following authors and their literary accomplishments.


Blue-Skinned Gods // SJ Sindu, Soho Press

Milk Fed: A Novel // Melissa Broder, Scribner

Monster in the Middle // Tiphanie Yanique, Riverhead Books

We Play Ourselves // Jen Silverman, Random House

We Want What We Want // Alix Ohlin, House Anansi Press


Borealis // Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Coffee House Press

Dark Tourist: Essays // Hasanthika Sirisena, Mad Creek Books

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much // Jen Winston, Atria Books

The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease // Daisy Hernández, Tin House

The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces // Courtney Cook, Tin House


Gumbo Ya Ya // Aurielle Marie, University of Pittsburgh Press

Imagine Us, The Swarm // Muriel Leung, Nightboat Books

Master Suffering // CM Burroughs, Tupelo Press

The Best Prey // Paige Quiñones, Pleiades Press

The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void // Jackie Wang, Nightboat Books


100 Boyfriends // Brontez Purnell, MCD x FSG Originals

Brickmakers: A Novel // Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott, Graywolf Press

Gordo // Jaime Cortez, Grove Atlantic

My Good Son // Yang Huang, University of New Orleans Press

Rainbow Milk // Paul Mendez, PRH/Doubleday


Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir // Rajiv Mohabir, Restless Books

Hola Papi // John Paul Brammer, Simon & Schuster

Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism // Peter Staley, Chicago Review Press

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir // Brian Broome, Mariner Books

Writing with Caca / Escribir con Caca // Luis Felipe Fabre, translated by JD Pluecker, Green Lantern Press


Besiege Me // Nicholas Wong, Noemi Press

Creep Love // Michael Walsh, Autumn House Press

Punks: New & Selected Poems // John Keene, The Song Cave

Shoreditch // Miguel Murphy, Barrow Street Press

Tenderness // Derrick Austin, BOA Editions


Best of the Wrong Reasons // Sander Santiago, Bold Strokes Books

Dublin Bay // John Patrick, NineStar Press

Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts // Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing

Floridian Nights // Lance Ringel, Distant Mirror Press

The Other Man // Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Lake Union


How to Wrestle a Girl // Venita Blackburn, MCD x FSG Originals

Matrix // Lauren Groff, Riverhead Books

Skye Falling // Mia McKenzie, Random House

The Five Wounds // Kirstin Valdez Quade, W. W. Norton & Company

With Teeth // Kristen Arnett, Riverhead Books


The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture // Grace Perry, Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin

The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation // Leslie Cohen, Rutgers University Press

The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams // Jonathan Ned Katz, Chicago Review Press

The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I've Had): A Memoir // Sophie Santos, TOPPLE Books

Why Labelle Matters // Adele Bertei, University of Texas Press


All the Rage // Rosamond S. King, Nightboat Books

Last Days // Tamiko Beyer, Alice James Books

The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak // Grace Lau, Guernica Editions

The Renunciations: Poems // Donika Kelly, Graywolf Press

Who's Your Daddy // Arisa White, Augury Books


Chemistry Lessons // Jae, Ylva Publishing

Go Around // E. J Noyes, Bella Books

In the Long Run // Haley Cass, Self-Published

Red Tide at Heron Bay // Gerri Hill, Bella Books

The Headmistress // Milena McKay, Self-Published


Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis // Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Arsenal Pulp Press

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought // Edited by Briona Simone Jones, The New Press

Q & A: Voices from Queer Asian North America // Martin F. Manalansan IV, Alice Y. Hom, and Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Temple University Press

Queer Nightlife // Edited by Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, The University of Michigan Press

The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays // Editors: Leanna Keyes, Lindsey Mantoan, and Angela Farr Schiller; Playwrights: Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Ty Defoe, MJ Kaufman, Raphael Amahl Khouri, j. Chavez, Sharifa Yasmin, and Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Bloomsbury Publishing


Calvin // JR and Vanessa Ford, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea // Ashley Herring Blake, Little, Brown BYR (Books for Young Readers)

Love, Violet // Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR (Books for Young Readers)

Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt // Rob Sanders, APA Magination Press

The Fabulous Zed Watson! // Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.


Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms // Crystal Frasier and Val Wise, lettering by Oscar O. Jupiter, Oni Press

Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance // Syan Rose, Arsenal Pulp Press

Shadow Life // Written by Hiromi Goto; illustrated by Ann Xu, First Second

Stone Fruit // Lee Lai, Fantagraphics Books

Thirsty Mermaids // Kat Leyh, Simon & Schuster/Gallery 13


Love Like Light // Daniel Alexander Jones, 53rd State Press

mama [rose.] // storae michele

Mrs. Harrison // R. Eric Thomas, TRW Plays

Pillow Talk // Kheven LaGrone, Theatre Rhinoceros

Thrive, or What You Will {an epic} // L M Feldman, American Shakespeare Center


Ambrosia: Trans Masc and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology // Edited by Tab Kimpton and Jade Sarson, Discord Comics

Big Joe // Samuel R. Delany, Inpatient Press

Nectar: Trans Femme and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology // Edited by Tab Kimpton and Harry-Anne Bentley, Discord Comics

Queer Werewolves Destroy Capitalism: Smutty Stories // MJ Lyons, Microcosm Publishing

The Lodger, That Summer // Levi Huxton, Self-Published


Bath Haus // P.J. Vernon, PRH/Doubleday

Finding the Vein // Jennifer Hanlon Wilde, Ooligan Press

Lies With Man // Michael Nava, Amble Press

Murder Under Her Skin // Stephen Spotswood, PRH/Doubleday

The Savage Kind // John Copenhaver, Pegasus Books


Dear Senthuran // Akwaeke Emezi, Riverhead Books

Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures // Adam Zmith, Repeater Books

Girlhood // Melissa Febos, Bloomsbury Publishing

Let the Record Show // Sarah Schulman, Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux

Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water // Kazim Ali, Milkweed Editions


A Desolation Called Peace // Arkady Martine, Tor Books

Breeder // Honni van Rijswijk, Blackstone Publishing

No Gods, No Monsters // Cadwell Turnbull, Blackstone Publishing

Phototaxis // Olivia Tapiero, translated by Kit Schluter, Nightboat Books

The Tensorate Series // Neon Yang, Tordotcom Publishing


Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia // Gila Ashtor, Fordham University Press

Racial Erotics: Gay Men of Color, Sexual Racism, and the Politics of Desire // C. Winter Han, University of Washington Press

The Shape of Sex // Leah DeVun, Columbia University Press

Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific // Howard Chiang, Columbia University Press

Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall // Anna Lvovsky, University of Chicago Press


Hani And Ishu's Guide To Fake Dating // Adiba Jaigirdar, Page Street Kids

The City Beautiful // Aden Polydoros, Harlequin Trade Publishing/Inkyard

The Heartbreak Bakery // A. R. Capetta, Candlewick Press

The Passing Playbook // Isaac Fitzsimons, Dial Books for Young Readers

What We Devour // Linsey Miller, Sourcebooks Fire


A Natural History of Transition // Callum Angus, Metonymy Press

Detransition, Baby // Torrey Peters, One World

Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body // Megan Milks, Feminist Press

She Who Became the Sun // Shelley Parker-Chan, Tor Books

Summer Fun // Jeanne Thornton, Soho Press


Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness // Da'Shaun Harrison, North Atlantic Books

Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies // Francisco Galarte, University of Texas Press

Care Of: Letters, Connections, and Cures // Ivan Coyote, McClelland & Stewart

Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography // Edited by Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt, Amsterdam University Press

Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments // Lucie Fielding, Routledge


Crossbones on My Life // Mason J, Nomadic Press

Salamat sa Intersectionality // Dani Putney, Okay Donkey Press

Transverse // Lindsay Choi, Futurepoem Books

Villainy // Andrea Abi-Karam, Nightboat Books

x/ex/exis // Raquel Salas Rivera, The University of Arizona Press

About Lambda Literary: Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives. Our programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, Lambda LitFest, and the Lambda Literary Review.

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