26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists and Winners

The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on June 2, 2014.






  • The Affairs of Others: A Novel, Amy Grace Loyd, Picador
  • Descendants of HagarNik Nicholson, AuthorHouse [Winner] 
  • Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin, Simon & Schuster/Atria Books
  • How to Shake the Other Man, Derek Palacio, Nouvella
  • In Between, Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
  • Inside, Charles L. Ross, Ink Inc.
  • Jane and the Whales, Andrea Routley, Caitlin Press
  • My Brother’s Name: A Novel, Laura Krughoff, Scarletta / Scarletta Press
  • Prick Queasy, Ronald Palmer, Publication Studio
  • The Rest of Us: StoriesGuy Mark Foster, Tincture/Lethe Press




  • Among the Bloodpeople, Thomas Glave, Akashic Books
  • Does Jesus Really Love Me?, Jeff Chu, Harper Collins
  • The End of the Homosexual?, Dennis Altman, University of Queensland Press
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, NYU Press
  • Meet Grindr: How One App Changed The Way We Connect, Jamie Woo, Self-Published
  • Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants, Phil Tiemeyer, University of California Press
  • The Queer Limit of Black Memory Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, Matt Richardson, The Ohio State University Press
  • Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II, Daniel Winunwe Rivers, University of North Carolina Press
  • Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines. Polaroids 1975-1983, Ben Smales, Tom Bianchi, Edmund White, Damiani
  • White GirlsHilton Als, McSweeney’s Publishing [Winner]
  • You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico, Beacon Press



  • A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & RecordingsEloise Klein Healy, Red Hen Press
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives, Veronica Reyes, Red Hen Press/Arktoi Books
  • Chord BoxElizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The University of Arkansas Press
  • The Collected Poems of Ai, Ai, W.W. Norton & Company
  • The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black, Graywolf Press
  • Proxy, R. Erica Doyle, Belladonna Collaborative
  • Rise in the FallAna Bozicevic, Birds, LLC [Winner]
  • She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Four Way Books
  • ViralSuzanne Parker, Alice James Books
  • We Come ElementalTamiko Beyer, Alice James Books


  • Baton Rouge Bingo, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books
  • Boystown 5: Murder Book, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press
  • Fierce, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
  • Foxed, Garry Ryan, NeWest Press
  • The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari, Sarah Black, Dreamspinner Press
  • How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery, Joyce Thompson, Lethe Press
  • In Real Life, The 3rd Gemini & Flowers Mystery, Jonathan Gregory, Amazon Digital Services Inc
  • Pawn of Satan, Mark Zubro, MLR Press
  • Pretty Boy Dead, Jon Michaelsen, Wilde City Press
  • The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon MysteryJanice Law, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media [Winner]


  • Cross and Burn, Val McDermid, Grove/Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Death of the Demon, Anne Holt, Scribner
  • High DesertKatherine V. Forrest, Spinsters Ink [Winner]
  • The Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery, Laura Antoniou, Cleis Press
  • Point of Betrayal, Ann Roberts, Bella Books
  • The Rainey Season, R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books
  • She Overheard Murder, Jean Sheldon, Wellworth Publishing/Bast Press
  • Taken by the WindEllen Hart, St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
  • Turning on the TideJenna Rae, Bella Books
  • Web of Obsessions, Diane Wood, Bella Books
  • The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel, Ian Hamilton, Picador




  • Covet Thy Neighbor, L. A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • Glitterland, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
  • Into This River I DrownTJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press [Winner]
  • King Mai, Edmond Manning, Pickwick Ink Publishing
  • My Dear Watson, L.A. Fields, Lethe Press
  • Pickup Men, L.C. Chase, Riptide Publishing
  • Play Me, I’m Yours, Madison Parker, Harmony Ink Press
  • Rocky’s Road, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press
  • Unbroken, Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing
  • Where You Are, J.H. Trumble, Kensington


  • All That Lies Within, Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press
  • At Seventeen, Gerri Hill, Bella Books
  • Broken Trails, D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
  • Clean SlateAndrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books [Winner]
  • Date with DestinyMason Dixon, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hold Me Forever, D. Jackson Leigh, Bold Strokes Books
  • Hoosier Daddy, Ann McMan, Salem West, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company/Nuance
  • Last SaluteTracey Richardson, Bella Books
  • Love by the NumbersKarin Kallmaker, Bella Books
  • The Princess AffairNell Stark, Bold Strokes Books


  • Capture & Surrender, Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
  • The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novellaAlex Jeffers, Lethe Press [Winner]
  • Sensual Travels: Gay Erotic Stories, Michael Luongo (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender
  • Show-Offs: Gay Erotic Stories, Ed. Richard Labonte, Cleis Press
  • Team Players: Gay Erotic Stories, Winston Gieseke (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender



  • An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and WritingsHarvey Milk, Jason Edward Black, Charles E. Morris, University of California Press
  • The Feminist Porn Book, Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Press
  • Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Editors: Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico, Lowbrow Press
  • Ghosts in Gaslight. Monsters in Steam. Gay City: Volume 5, Evan J Peterson & Vincent Kovar, Gay City Anthologies
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected FictionKaren Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, MaThoko’s Books [Winner]
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out, Ed. Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido, Cognella Academic Publishing
  • This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, T.C. Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books
  • What I LOVE about being QUEER, Vivek Shraya, George Brown College
  • Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and ForerunnersEds. Jim Elledge and David Groff, The University of Wisconsin Press [Winner]


  • Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster, Inc./ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Boy In Box, Christopher R. Michael, Hubbub Publishing
  • Girls I’ve Run Away WithRhiannon Argo, Moonshine Press
  • If You Could Be MineSara Farizan, Algonquin Books [Winner]
  • Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Rapture Practice, Aaron Hartzler, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Secret CityJulia Watts, Bella Books
  • The Secret Ingredient, Stewart Lewis- Author, Rebecca Short-Editor, Delacorte Press (Penguin/Random House)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Two Boys KissingDavid Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers [Winner]
  • What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square


  • Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains, Adelina Anthony, Korima Press
  • sash & trim and other plays, Djola Branner, RedBone Press
  • Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks [Winner]



  • CollaboratorsDeborah Wheeler, Dragon Moon Press
  • Death by SilverMelissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press [Winner]
  • Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
  • Dragon Slayer, Isabella Carter, Less Than Three Press
  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes, Lethe Press
  • Hell’s Belle, Marie Castle, Bella Books
  • Invisible Soft Return :\, Roberta Degnore, Digital Fabulists
  • Light, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Bold Strokes Books
  • Like Light for Flies, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
  • The Stars Change, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press, Inc.