November 23, 2014

LLF Announces Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Posted on 06. Mar, 2013 by in Foundation Updates

25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced 

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Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.” The finalists were selected from a record number of submissions, and, for the first time, the judges were encouraged to choose more finalists in those categories that drew a large number of submissions.

Now in their twenty-fifth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2012. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 3, 2013, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union,7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003. Details on the annual after-party location are forthcoming. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit:

Lambda Literary Foundation set a new record in 2013 for both the number of LGBT books submitted for Lammy consideration, 687, and the number of publishers participating, 332. This beats the record-setting numbers in 2012 of 600 titles by over 250 publishers and is the fourth consecutive year of growth in submissions and publishers.

“For four consecutive years we have broken the records for both book nominees and publishers, which is extremely heartening in a time of uncertainty for the publishing industry as a whole, and LGBT publishing, in particular,” said LLF Board Member and 2013 Lammy Co-Chair, S. Chris Shirley.

More than 90 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 22 categories.

“The Lammy Awards are made possible, year after year, because of the dedication of volunteer judges who read, carefully consider, and deliberate on submitted books before selecting our finalists,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela. “Because of their efforts, and the exceptional work by LLF’s new Awards Administrator, Kathleen DeBold, this day is a celebration of our community’s finest literature. Congratulations to all our nominated authors and publishers!”

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony and after-party go on sale today. For information, visit and join the conversation by following the hashtag #Lammys on Twitter. For the month of March only, early bird tickets are $100 for the ceremony only and $175 for the ceremony plus after-party. Prices will increase by $25 beginning April 1st.


Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Transgender Fiction

1.      Being Emily, Rachel Gold, Bella Books

2.      The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, Edited by Tom Léger and   Riley MacLeod, Topside Press

3.      Dialectic of the Flesh, Roz Kaveney, A Midsummer Night’s Press

4.      First Spring Grass Fire, Rae Spoon, Arsenal Pulp Press

5.      Offspring, Michael Quadland, Red Hen Press


Transgender Nonfiction

1.      Seasonal Velocities, Ryka Aoki, Trans-Genre Press

2.      Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects, Matt Kailey, Outskirts Press

3.      Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke, Temple University Press

4.      Transposes, Dylan Edwards, Northwest Press


Bisexual Literature

1.      Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List, Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, CreateSpace

2.      Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books

3.      History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Alfred A. Knopf

4.      In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster

5.      My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature


Gay General Fiction

1.      A Horse Named Sorrow, Trebor Healey, University of Wisconsin Press

2.      The Absolutist, John Boyne, Other Press

3.      Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Cinco Puntos Press

4.      The Lava in My Bones, Barry Webster, Arsenal Pulp Press

5.      Lovers, Daniel Arsand, Europa Editions

6.      The Paternity Test, Michael Lowenthal, University of Wisconsin Press

7.      Sighs Too Deep For Words, William Jack Sibley, Createspace

8.      Spreadeagle, Kevin Killian, Publication Studio

9.      These Things Happen, Richard Kramer, Unbridled Books

10.    Unbuilt Projects, Paul Lisicky, Four Way Books


Gay Memoir/Biography

1.      The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, Ron Padgett, editor, The Library of America

2.      Fire in the Belly, Cynthia Carr, Bloomsbury

3.      Intolerable, Kamal Al-Solaylee, HarperCollins Canada

4.      Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir, Reynolds Price, Scribner

5.      My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey, Charles Rowan Beye, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

6.      Twelve Views from the Distance, Mutsuo Takahashi, author, Jeffrey Angles, translator, University of Minnesota Press


Gay Mystery

1.      Bokassa’s Last Apostle, Rod Shelton, Paradise Press UK

2.      Dos Equis, Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press

3.      Fires of London, Janice Law, Road

4.      Lake on the Mountain: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn

5.      The Yellow Canary, Steve Neil Johnson, Clutching Hand Books


Gay Poetry

1.      Appetite, Aaron Smith, University of Pittsburgh Press

2.      He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Stephen S. Mills, Sibling Rivalry Press

3.      Looking for the Gulf Motel, Richard Blanco, University of Pittsburgh Press

4.      Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, Patrick Donnelly, Four Way Books

5.      Slow Lightning, Eduardo C. Corral, Yale University Press


Gay Romance

1.      The Celestial, Barry Brennessel, MLR Press

2.      Don’t Let Me Go, J.H. Trumble, Kensington

3.      Kamikaze Boys, Jay Bell, Jay Bell Books

4.      The Nothingness of Ben, Brad Boney, Dreamspinner Press

5.      Toughskins, William Masswa, Bold Strokes Books


Gay Erotica

1.      Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies, Lukas Hand, Lethe Press

2.      The Facialist, Mykola Dementiuk, JMS Books

3.      Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica, Todd Gregory, ed., Bold Strokes Books

4.      Secret Societies, William Holden, Bold Strokes Books

5.      Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits, Jerry L. Wheeler, Lethe Press


Lesbian General Fiction

1.      Carry the One, Carol Anshaw, Simon & Schuster

2.      The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, Riverhead Books

3.      The Raven’s Heart, Jesse Blackadder, Bywater Books

4.      Theft: A Novel, BK Loren, Counterpoint Press

5.      Wonder Girls, Catherine Jones, Simon & Schuster UK

6.      The World We Found: A Novel, Thrity Umrigar, HarperCollins Publishers / Harper


Lesbian Memoir/Biography

1.      A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, Judy Grahn, Aunt Lute Books

2.      All We Know: Three Lives, Lisa Cohen, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

3.      Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, Alison Bechdel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

4.      Before the Rain, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

5.      The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Sarah Schulman, University of California Press

6.      Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson, Grove/Atlantic


Lesbian Mystery

1.      Ill Will, J.M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books

2.      Jacob’s War, C.P. Rowlands, Bold Strokes Books

3.      Lemon Reef, Robin Silverman, Bold Strokes Books

4.      Molly: House on Fire, R. E. Bradshaw, R. E. Bradshaw Books

5.      Rest for the Wicked, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books


Lesbian Poetry

1.      fault tree, kathryn l. pringle, Omnidawn Publishing

2.      Letters to Kelly Clarkson, Julia Bloch, Sidebrow

3.      Sea and Fog, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books

4.      Snowflake/different streets, Eileen Myles, Wave Books

5.      wine for a shotgun, Marty McConnell, EM Press


Lesbian Romance

1.      Appointment with a Smile, Kieran York, Blue Feather Books

2.      Dark Wings Descending, Lesley Davis, Bold Strokes Books

3.      Love Match, Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books

4.      Month of Sundays, Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books

5.      Runaway, Anne Laughlin, Bold Strokes Books

6.      She Left Me Breathless, Trin Denise, Ragz Books USA

7.      Sometime Yesterday, Yvonne Heidt, Bold Strokes Books

8.      Survived by Her Longtime Companion, Chris Paynter, Blue Feather Books

9.      Tactical Pursuit, Lynette Mae, Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC

10.     Third, Q. Kelly, Ride the Rainbow Books


Lesbian Erotica

1.      Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica, Edited by Ily Goyanes, Cleis Press

2.      The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, D.L. King, Cleis Press

3.      One Saved to the Sea, Catt Kingsgrave, Clasp Editions; An Imprint of Circlet Press


LGBT Anthology

1.      For Colored Boys, Keith Boykin, Magnus Books

2.      Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, Edited by Audrey Bilger & Michele Kort, Seal Press

3.      No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Justin Hall – Editor, Fantagraphics Books

4.      Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, AK Press


LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

1.      Adaptation, Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2.      The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik, Flamingo

3.      Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Simon & Schuster/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

4.      Ask the Passengers, A.S. King, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

5.      Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Flux Books

6.      Every Day, David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Readers

7.      Kiss the Morning Star, Elissa Janine Hoole, Amazon Children’s Publishing

8.      The Miseducation of Cameron Post, emily M. danforth, Balzer + Bray

9.      Personal Effects, E.M. Kokie, Candlewick Press

10.   Silhouette of a Sparrow, Molly Beth Griffin, Milkweed Editions


LGBT Debut Fiction

1.      Desire: Tales of New Orleans, William Sterling Walker, Chelsea Station Editions

2.      The Dream of Doctor Bantam, Jeanne Thornton, OR Books

3.      The Evening Hour, Carter Sickels, Bloomsbury

4.      Incidental Music, Lydia Perovic, Inanna Publications

5.      Love, In Theory: Ten Stories, E.J. Levy, University of Georgia Press/Flannery O’Connor  Award for Short Fiction

6.      Makara: a novel, Kristen Ringman, Handtype Press, LLC

7.      Monstress, Lysley Tenorio, HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco

8.      People Who Disappear, Alex Leslie, Freehand Books (an imprint of Broadview Press)

9.      The Summer We Got Free, Mia McKenzie, BGD Press

10.   Three Cubic Feet, Lania Knight, Main Street Rag


LGBT Drama

1.      Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, A. Rey Pamatmat, Samuel French, Inc.

2.      Falling In Time, C. E. Gatchalian, J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing/Scirocco Drama

3.      The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan, Marc Robinson, University of Michigan Press

4.      A Strange and Separate People, Jon Marans, Chelsea Station Editions

5.      Thunder Above, Deeps Below, A. Rey Pamatmat, Samuel French, Inc.


LGBT Nonfiction

1.      Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida, 1956-1965, Stacy Braukman, University Press of Florida

2.      Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, Christopher Bram, Hachette Book Group/Twelve

3.      Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon, Scribner

4.      Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, Dale Carpenter, W. W. Norton & Company

5.      I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters, Michael Long, Editor, City Lights

6.      Israel/Palestine and the Queer International, Sarah Schulman, Duke University Press

7.      Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader Reel One and Reel Two, Jeffrey Schwarz, Mark Thompson and Bo Young, White Crane Books

8.      Real Man Adventures, T Cooper, McSweeney’s


LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

1.      Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press

2.      Chocolatiers of the High Winds: A Gay Steampunk Romance, H.B. Kurtzwilde, Clasp Editions; An Imprint of Circlet Press

3.      Green Thumb, Tom Cardamone, Lethe Press

4.      Heiresses of Russ 2012: the Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman, Lethe Press

5.      In the Now, Kelly Sinclair, Blue Feather Books

6.      Night Shadows: Queer Horror, Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann, eds., Bold Strokes Books

7.      The Survivors, Sean Eads, Lethe Press


LGBT Studies

1.      Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure, Sara Warner, University of Michigan Press

2.      Depression: A Public Feeling, Ann Cvetkovich, Duke University Press

3.      Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, Tracy Baim, Prairie Avenue Productions and Windy City Times

4.      How To Be Gay, David M. Halperin, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

5.      The Invention of Heterosexual Culture, Louis-Georges Tin, The MIT Press

6.      On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility, Ernesto Javier Martínez, Stanford University Press

7.      Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa, Ashley Currier, University of Minnesota Press

8.      Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, University of Michigan Press

9.      Pray the Gay Away The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays, Bernadette C. Barton, NYU Press

10.  South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom, Brenna M. Munro, University of Minnesota Press


Pioneer Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and presenters will be announced the second week of April.

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony go on sale today. For information visit our website at


2013 Lammy Awards Host Committee

Don Weise, Co-Chair; S. Chris Shirley, Co-Chair

Gabriel Amor, Anne Austin, John Bateman, Brad Boles, Jamie Brickhouse, Paul Dierkes, Dick Donahue, David Gale, Tal Goretsky, Wayne Hoffman, Karl Jones, Dean Klingler, Melanie La Rosa,

Mario Lopez-Cordero, Dan Manjovi, David McConnell, Bill Miller, Jay Moore, Nick Nicholson,

Angelo Nikolopoulos, Julia Pastore, Lori Perkins, Jay Plum, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Patrick Ryan,

Eddie Sarfaty, Liz Scheier, Bob Smith, Jerl Surratt, Jason Wells, Martin Wilson


Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director, Lambda Literary Foundation. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program of the California Institute of the Arts, Valenzuela is a longtime community activist and writer whose work has focused on LGBT civil rights, sexual liberation and gay men’s health. Read his full bio here and contact him here.

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45 Responses to “LLF Announces Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards”

  1. Stacy Vasquez 7 March 2013 at 11:50 AM #

    There is not a single book about DADT on here despite numerous options this year. Did you all review any of them?

  2. Thomas Smith 7 March 2013 at 9:55 PM #

    APPLAUSE to all the nominees. What an amazing group of books. I want to read them all.

  3. L. Lyles 11 March 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    Why is fiction and non-fiction gathered unter “literature” for the bisexuals? Seems vastly unfair to all writers, considering nearly all the other categories are separated by these two genres.

  4. Lillian 11 March 2013 at 3:30 PM #

    I heard there are three categories not announced at the ceremony. When will the winners be notified?

  5. Eldon Loud 9 April 2013 at 11:44 AM #

    Hello: To whom it may concern, I was just made aware of this organization, I am a gay male who writes poems and songs, and have enought to put together a book, can some one give me information on how to get it to a publisher so I may submit it to your organization for your next contest.
    Sincerly: EDL


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