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For the Lambda Literary Awards, 2010 will be the year of a couple of records: more books nominated than ever before—509 as of Dec. 31, with a few still trickling in—and, for the first time, enough titles submitted in Transgender and Bisexual that both categories have been split into Fiction and Nonfiction.
Within categories, however, there has been some ebb and flow. Lesbian Romance, as last year, is the largest, with 56 books nominated at year’s end—more than 10 percent of the total!
The Drama category has been strengthened with the inclusion of titles from a couple of publishers specializing in playscripts, and authors of books in Children’s/YA, SF/Fantasy/Horror, both Memoir categories, both Debut categories, both Poetry categories, and the catch-all Nonfiction category are well represented.
On the other hand, there are far fewer nominations in Gay Romance—queer boys didn’t woo queer boys last year?—and there isn’t much lady lust in Lesbian Erotica, either. There’s nothing static about LGBTQ publishing… and you can savor the richness of the nominees for 2010 here.
The Lammy’s 92 judges are now in their reading phase, with a final load of tomes to land on their doorsteps this month, and with finalists in this year’s 24 categories due by mid-March. Much credit and many thanks are due the publishers and individual authors that nominated book’s this year—more than 230 of them. But I’m most grateful for the work of the judges, many of whom have volunteered their leisure time and their eager eyes for years; their considered opinions and their collective wisdom are the backbone, year after year, of the Lambda Literary Awards.
Lambda Literary Awards Administrator