Lambda Literary Announces Finalists for Exciting 36th Lammy Awards

Check out the incredible writers that are the finalists for this year’s Lammy Awards!

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Starting back in 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards, also called the Lammy Awards, have given a spotlight on incredible LGBTQ+ books in many categories. With over 1,300 submissions, the finalists of all 26 categories from 2023 book releases have been announced, as the Lammy Awards will be celebrating its 36th year this year.

Lesbian Fiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Lesbian Fiction category.

Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
Biography of X by Catherine Lacey
Organ Meats by K-Ming Chang
Our Hideous Progeny by C E McGill
Pomegranate by Helen Elaine Lee

Gay Fiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Gay Fiction category.

American Scholar by Patrick E. Horrigan
Blackouts by Justin Torres
Brother & Sister Enter the Forest: A Novel by Richard Mirabella
Family Meal by Bryan Washington
I Will Greet the Sun Again by Khashayar J. Khabushani

Bisexual Fiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Bisexual Fiction category.

All-Night Pharmacy: A Novel by Ruth Madievsky
Endpapers by Jennifer Savran Kelly
Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen by Sarah James
Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang
Old Enough by Haley Jakobson

Transgender Fiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Transgender Fiction category.

Bellies by Nicola Dinan
Girlfriends by Emily Zhou
The Rage Letters by Valérie Bah; translator Kama La Mackerel
Trash by Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny
Wild Geese by Soula Emmanuel

LGBTQ+ Young Adult

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Young Adult category.

Cold Girls by Maxine Rae
Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian
Pritty by Keith F. Miller, Jr.
That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams
The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

LGBTQ+ Middle Grade

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Middle Grade category.

Dear Mothman by Robin Gow
Ellie Engle Saves Herself by Leah Johnson
Just Lizzie by Karen Wilfrid
Matteo by Michael Leali
The Beautiful Something Else by Alder Van Otterloo

LGBTQ+ Children’s Books

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Children's Books category.

The Apartment House on Poppy Hill by Nina LaCour; illustrator Sonia Albert
Door by Door by Meeg Pincus and Meridth Mckean Gimbel
Gender Identity for Kids by Andy Passchier
Grandad’s Pride by Harry Woodgate
The Wishing Flower by A. J. Irving and Kip Alizadeh

Bisexual Nonfiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Bisexual Nonfiction category.

Bisexual Men Exist: A Handbook for Bisexual, Pansexual and M-Spec Men by Vaneet Mehta
Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto by Zachary Zane
Creep: Accusations and Confessions by Myriam Gurba
Crying Wolf by Eden Boudreau
Nimrods: a fake-punk self-hurt anti-memoir by Kawika Guillermo

Transgender Nonfiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Transgender Nonfiction category.

Love and Money, Sex and Death by McKenzie Wark
Miss Major Speaks: Conversations with a Black Trans Revolutionary by Miss Major and Toshio Meronek
On Community by Casey Plett
Tar Hollow Trans: Essays by Stacy Jane Grover
Transland: Consent, Kink, and Pleasure by Mx. Sly

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Nonfiction category.

Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance in America by Daniel Black
Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City by Elyssa Maxx Goodman
Hi Honey, I’m Homo by Matt Baume
Otherwise by Julie Marie Wade
Out: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your LGBTQIA+ Kid Through Coming Out and Beyond by John Sovec, LMFT

LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction category.

Bang Bang Bodhisattva by Aubrey Wood
I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself: A Novel by Marisa Crane
The Archive Undying by Emma Mieko Candon
The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera
The Thick and the Lean by Chana Porter

Lesbian Poetry

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Lesbian Poetry category.

Ardor by Alyse Knorr
Because You Were Mine by Brionne Janae
Couplets by Maggie Millner
Dream of Xibalba by Stephanie Adams-Santos
Teeter by Kimberly Alidio

Gay Poetry

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Gay Poetry category.

Hard Drive by Paul Stephenson
Homeland of My Body: New and Selected Poems by Richard Blanco
Love(ly) Child by Emanuel Xavier
Trace Evidence by Charif Shanahan
What We Lost in the Swamp by Grant Chemidlin

Bisexual Poetry

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Bisexual Poetry category.

A Film in Which I Play Everyone by Mary Jo Bang
Desire Museum by Danielle Cadena Deulen
Ephemera by Sierra DeMulder
Good Grief, the Ground by Margaret Ray
Impersonal Rainbow & The Bisexual Purge by Paul Killebrew

Transgender Poetry

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Transgender Poetry category.

Hood Vacations by Michal ‘MJ’ Jones
Portraits as Animal: Poems by Victoriano Cárdenas
Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco by K. Iver
Taking to Water by Jennifer Conlon
Transitory by Subhaga Crystal Bacon

LGBTQ+ Poetry

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Poetry category.

Lanternfly August by Robin Gow
motherworld: a devotional for the alter-life by Destiny Hemphill
Pig by Sam Sax
The Perfect Bastard by Quinn Carver Johnson
Toska by Alina Pleskova

LGBTQ+ Anthology

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Anthology category.

2 Trans 2 Furious: An extremely serious journal of Transgender Street Racing Studies edited by Tuck Woodstock & Niko Stratis
A Pill for Promiscuity: Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals edited by Andrew R. Spieldenner and Jeffrey Escoffier
Being Ace: An Anthology of Queer, Trans, Femme, and Disabled Stories of Asexual Love and Connection edited by Madeline Dyer
Fairy Tale Review: The Rainbow Issue edited by Benjamin Schaefer
Rosalind’s Siblings: Fiction and Poetry Celebrating Scientists of Marginalized Genders edited by Bogi Takács

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Lesbian Memoir/Biography category.

Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H
Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives by Amelia Possanza
Suicide: The Autoimmune Disorder of the Psyche by Vi Khi Nao
To Name the Bigger Lie by Sarah Viren
Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters by Lynnée Denise

Gay Memoir/Biography

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Gay Memoir/Biography category.

Leading Lady by Charles Busch
Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It by Greg Marshall
Mother, Nature by Jedidiah Jenkins
Reaching Ninety by Martin Duberman
Tweakerworld by Jason Yamas

LGBTQ+ Mystery

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Mystery category.

A Calculated Risk by Cari Hunter
Don’t Forget the Girl by Rebecca McKanna
The Good Ones by Polly Stewart
Transitory by J. M. Redmann
Where the Dead Sleep by Joshua Moehling

LGBTQ+ Comics

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Comics category.

A Guest in The House by Emily Caroll
Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa
Blackward by Lawrence Lindell
Roaming by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki
The Chromatic Fantasy by H.A.

Lesbian Romance

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Lesbian Romance category.

A Lady to Treasure by Marianne Ratcliffe
Catch by Kris Bryant
Dance with Me by Georgia Beers
Love at 350° by Lisa Peers
Lucky in Lace by Melissa Brayden

Gay Romance

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the Gay Romance category.

Dionysus in Wisconsin by E. H. Lupton
Mistletoe & Mishigas by M.A. Wardell
The Art of Husbandry by Jay Hogan
The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles
We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian

LGBTQ+ Romance and Erotica

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Romance and Erotica category.

A Tight Squeeze: Smutty Trans and Queer Stories by laura q
Chef’s Choice by TJ Alexander
Fly with Me: A Novel by Andie Burke
Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date by Ashley Herring Blake
The Fiancee Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur

LGBTQ+ Drama

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Drama category.

Fat Ham by James Ijames
For Both Resting and Breeding by Adam Meisner
I Wanna Fuck Like Romeo and Juliet by Andrew Rincón
Joan of Arkansas by Milo Wippermann
the bandaged place by Harrison David Rivers

LGBTQ+ Studies

Five book covers to showcase the finalists for the LGBTQ+ Studies category.

Ambivalent Affinities: A Political History of Blackness and Homosexuality after World War II by Jennifer Dominique Jones
Care without Pathology: How Trans- Health Activists Are Changing Medicine by Christoph Hanssmann
Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America by Margot Canaday
Sexuality and the Rise of China: The Post-1990s Gay Generation in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China
by Travis S. K. Kong
The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti by Erin L. Durban

Winners will be announced on June 11, 2024, and tickets are still available for those able to make it to NYC’s Sony Hall! If you can’t make it in person, you can still celebrate these wonderful writers as the Lammys will be streamed on YouTube!


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