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    Here are the finalists for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award.

    Rasheeda Saka

    March 15, 2021, 12:19pm

    Today, Lambda Literary announced the finalists for its annual Award, which recognizes and celebrates the best queer fiction and nonfiction published in the last year.

    The 120 finalists of the Prize, now in its 33rd year, were selected across 24 categories—Lesbian Fiction, Gay Fiction, Bisexual Fiction, Transgender Fiction, Bisexual Nonfiction, Transgender Nonfiction, LGBTQ Nonfiction, Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, Bisexual Poetry, Transgender Poetry, Lesbian Memoir/Biography, Gay Memoir/Biography, Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance, LGBTQ Anthology, LGBTQ Children’s/Middle Grade, LGBTQ Young Adult, LGBTQ Comics, LGBTQ Drama, LGBTQ Erotica, LGBTQ Mystery, LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, LGBTQ Studies—by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions.

    The winners will be announced on June 1, 2021 in a free virtual event; you can get tickets here.

    Congrats to all!


    2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalists


    K-Ming Chang, Bestiary

    Francesca Ekwuyasi, Butter Honey Pig Bread 

    Jennifer Steil, Exile Music

    Juli Delgado Lopera, Fiebre Tropical

    Jean Kyoung Frazier, Pizza Girl 


    Garth Greenwell, Cleanness    

    Joon Oluchi Lee, Neotenica   

    Brandon Taylor, Real Life

    Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain 

    Dennis E. Staples, This Town Sleeps


    Elisabeth Thomas, Catherine House

    C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold

    Sulaiman Addonia, Silence Is My Mother Tongue 

    Talia Hibbert, Take a Hint, Dani Brown 

    Zaina Arafat, You Exist Too Much


    Nino Cipri, Finna 

    Chana Porter, The Seep

    Vivek Shraya, The Subtweet

    Zeyn Joukhadar, The Thirty Names of Night

    Lydia Rogue, Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers


    Natasha Sajé, Terroir: Love, Out of Place

    Emma Copley Eisenberg, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

    Shayla Lawson, This Is Major: Notes of Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

    Alden Jones, The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir

    Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You.: Essays


    J Mase III & Dane Figueroa Edidi, The Black Trans Prayer Book

    Meredith Talusan, Fairest: A Memoir

    Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, The Freezer Door

    Linda Heidenreich, Nepantla Squared: Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift

    Hil Malatino, Trans Care


    Ruth Coker Burks, All the Young Men

    Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué and Erich Kessel Jr.,An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979–1989

    Marty Fink, Forget Burial: HIV Kinship, Disability, and Queer/Trans Narratives of Care

    Josephine Donovan, The Lexington Six: Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America

    Ashon T. Crawley, The Lonely Letters


    Roya Marsh, dayliGht

    Sarah M. Sala, Devil’s Lake

    Mary Jean Chan, Flèche

    Pamela Sneed, Funeral Diva

    Kimberly Alidio, : once teeth bones coral :


    Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue

    Eduardo C. Corral, Guillotine

    Justin Phillip Reed, The Malevolent Volume

    Romeo Oriogun, Sacrament of Bodies

    Ted Rees, Thanksgiving: A Poem


    George Abraham, Birthright

    Meghan Privitello, One God at a Time

    Aricka Foreman, Salt Body Shimmer

    Jody Chan, sick

    S*an D. Henry-Smith, Wild Peach


    Aeon Ginsberg, Greyhound

    Sade LaNay, I Love You and I’m Not Dead

    Kay Ulanday Barrett, More Than Organs

    Maxe Crandall, The Nancy Reagan Collection

    Jay Besemer, Theories of Performance


    Tania De Rozario, And The Walls Come Crumbling Down

    Lori Soderlind, The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour

    Tana Wojczuk, Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity

    Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

    Nina Kennedy, Practicing for Love: A Memoir


    Mohsin Zaidi, A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance

    R. Eric Thomas, Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America

    Billy-Ray Belcourt, A History of My Brief Body

    John Birdsall, The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard

    Dr. François S. Clemmons, Officer Clemmons: A Memoir


    Clare Ashton, Finding Jessica Lambert

    Anna Burke, Nottingham

    Ali Vali, One More Chance

    Alexandria Bellefleur, Written in the Stars

    Jae, Wrong Number, Right Woman


    Adriana Herrera, Finding Joy

    Lance Ringel, Flower of Iowa

    Felice Stevens, The Ghost and Charlie Muir

    Erin Colleen McRae & Racheline Maltese, Ink and Ice

    Cat Sebastian, Two Rogues Make a Right


    Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement

    dave ring, Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die

    Joshua Whitehead, Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction

    os Twist, Ben Vincent, Meg-John Barker & Kat Gupta, Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities

    Andrea Abi-Karam & Kay Gabriel, We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics


    Niki Smith, The Deep & Dark Blue

    Vincent X. Kirsch, From Archie to Zack

    Phil Bildner, A High Five for Glenn Burke

    Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies

    Peter Mercurio, Our Subway Baby


    L.C. Rosen, Camp

    Mike Curato, Flamer

    Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish

    Agnes Borinsky, Sasha Masha

    Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown


    Bishakh Som, Apsara Engine

    Sophie Yanow, The Contradictions

    Yao Xiao, Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid: A Baopu Collection

    Tina Horn, Michael Dowling, Alejandra Gutiérrez & Jen Hickman, SFSX (Safe Sex), Vol. 1: Protection

    Bishakh Som, Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir


    Jacqueline Goldfinger, Babel

    Yilong Liu, The Book of Mountains and Seas

    Liza Birkenmeier & Jill Sobule, F*ck7thGrade

    Sarah Einspanier, House Plant

    R. Eric Thomas, Safe Space


    Sinclair Sexsmith, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5

    Anne Shade, Femme Tales

    Lena Suksi, The Nerves

    Andrea Purcell, Smut Peddler Presents: Silver

    Kel Hardy, Smut Peddlers: Glad Day 50


    A.E. Radley, Death Before Dessert

    Cheryl A. Head, Find Me When I’m Lost

    Stephen Spotswood, Fortune Favors the Dead

    Tom Ryan, I Hope You’re Listening

    Rosalie Knecht, Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery


    Rebecca Roanhorse, Black Sun

    Julian K. Jarboe, Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel

    Zen Cho, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

    Tlotlo Tsamaase, The Silence of the Wilting Skin

    Aaron A. Reed, Subcutanean


    Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World

    Cait McKinney, Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies

    José Esteban Muñoz, The Sense of Brown

    Janet R. Jakobsen, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

    Jane Ward, The Tragedy of Heterosexuality

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