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27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced
Another Record-Breaking Year of Submissions
Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 1, 2015 in New York City
The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions (up from 746 last year) from 407 publishers (up from 352 last year). Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Pioneer and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced in April. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 1, 2015 in New York City.
“Each year, the Lammys bring national attention to the best LGBTQ books, which are often overlooked by the mainstream media and might otherwise be forgotten,” said Lambda Literary Board President, S. Chris Shirley. “This critical program of Lambda Literary not only recognizes the outstanding work of these talented authors, but also underscores the importance of LGBTQ stories, which are fundamental to the preservation of our culture.”
Now in their twenty-seventh year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2014. The awards ceremony on June 1, 2015, will be held for the third straight year at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003). A VIP After-Party presented by Scholastic at its SOHO rooftop space will follow. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit LL’s website.
More than 100 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories.
“On behalf of Lambda’s staff and board, we congratulate this year’s finalists for their outstanding achievement among a field of submissions chock-full of talent,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “I’d also like to thank our deeply dedicated judges who read and deliberate the submitted books. Theirs is a tremendous contribution to our literary communities.”
Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony and after-party go on sale today. For information, visit here and join the conversation by following the hashtag #Lammys on Twitter. Early bird tickets at discounted prices are available for the entire month of March. Tickets for the ceremony only are $125. Tickets for the ceremony plus VIP after-party are $225. Prices will increase by $25 beginning April 1st.
Lambda Literary Awards Corporate Sponsors
The Lammys are annually blessed by generous corporate sponsors. The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Corporate Sponsors to date are: President’s Circle Level: Scholastic; Benefactor Level: Random House/Ballantine Bantam Dell, Ketel One Vodka; Patron Level: American Institute of Bisexuality, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House; Friend Level: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bold Strokes Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Publishing. For corporate sponsorship information, visit LL’s website.
For general information visit Lambda Literary’s website.
2015 Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee
Co-Chairs: Jerome Murphy, Amy Scholder
John Bateman, Kevin Brannon, Jamie Brickhouse, Michael Carosone, Michael Carroll, Paul Dierkes, Dick Donahue, Michael Fauver, Paul Florez, Roman Freeser, David Gale, Antonio Gonzalez, David Groff, William Johnson, Michele Karlsberg, Elizabeth Koke, Melanie LaRosa, Joseph A. LoGuidice, Mario Lopez-Cordero, Bill Miller, Dan Manjovi, Nick Nicholson, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Julia Pastore, Lori Perkins, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Patrick Ryan, Eddie Sarfaty, Karen Schechner, S. Chris Shirley, Rachel Simon, Bob Smith, Jason Wells
27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists
Note: The number of finalists in a category is determined by the number of submissions in that category.
GAY GENERAL FICTION
LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION
LGBT CHILDREN’S/Young adult
LGBT GRAPHIC NOVELS