Finalists for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced

This year marks the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, also known as Lammys. Lambda Literary reports it was a record breaking year with 933 submissions from 321 mainstream and independent publishers. Kudos to the “literary professionals” (made up of authors, previous Lammy winners, booksellers, and more) who trekked through hours of reading to select the finalists. The awards are broken up into 25 categories, introducing the Transgender Poetry category this year. The winners will be announced on June 6, 2016, at a ceremony in New York City. 

The Lambda Literary Awards started in 1989 to honor published work exploring LGBT life and arts. “In doing so,” says Lambda Literary Board President KG MacGregor, “we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories.”  

Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Executive Director, vehemently thanked the judges for committing their time and efforts into finding Lammy finalists, and highlighted that “being nominated for a Lammy is an outstanding achievement among such a crowded field of submissions and within the LGBTQ writing community rich with talent.”

Take a look at some of the finalists:


Lesbian Fiction

Apocalypse Baby by Virginia Despentes

Blue Talk and Love by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan 

The Cherokee Rose by Tiya Miles (inc)

The First Bad Man by Miranda July 

Jam! on the Vine: A Novel by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Like a Woman by Debra Busman

Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette Leduc 

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparatha 


Gay Fiction 

Breathing Lessons by Andy Sinclair

The Early Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote

God in Pink by Hasan Namir

Immaculate Blue by Paul Russell 

JD: A Novel by Mark Merlis 

A Poet of the Invisible World by Michael Golding

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat

Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie


Bisexual Literature

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henriette Bingham by Emily Bingham

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North 

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson


My Riastrad by Kevin Hogan

Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger


Transgender Fiction

Defiant by Michael Scott Monje, Jr.

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowery

Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners by Roz Kaven


LGBT Non-Fiction

Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics by Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski

Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History by Corbatt Joan O’Toole 

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger

The Gay Revolution: The Story of Struggle by Lilian Faderman 

Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journey to Kinship by Joshua Gamson 

Namibia’s Rainbow Project by Robert Lorway

“No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy by Marcia M. Gallo

What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity by Jarett Neal


The Lambda Literary Awards has opened up ticket sales for the ceremony, available on its website

Additional categoies can be viewed on the Lambda Literary site, and include: LGBT Debut Fiction; Transgender Nonfiction; Lesbian Poetry; Gay Poetry; Transgender Poetry; Lesbian Mystery; Gay Mystery; Lesbian Memoir/Biography; Gay Memoir/Biography; Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance; Lesbian Erotica; Gay Erotica; LGBT Anthology; LGBT Children’s/Young Adult, LGBT Drama; LGBT Graphic Novels; LGBT SF/F horror; and LGBT Studies.