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Here are the finalists for the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards.

Jessie Gaynor

March 16, 2022, 1:08pm

Yesterday, Lambda Literary announced the finalists for its annual Lammy Awards, which recognize and celebrate the best queer fiction and nonfiction published in the last year.

The Lammys—now in their 34th year—are awarded 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 Speculative Fiction, LGBTQ Studies—by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions (a record high).

The winners will be announced on June 11, 2022.

Congratulations to all!

2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalists

LESBIAN FICTION

Venita Blackburn, How to Wrestle a Girl
Lauren Groff, Matrix
Mia McKenzie, Skye Falling
Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds
Kristen Arnett, With Teeth

GAY FICTION

Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends
Selva Almada, Brickmakers: A Novel, translated by Annie McDermott
Jaime Cortez, Gordo
Yang Huang, My Good Son
Paul Mendez, Rainbow Milk

BISEXUAL FICTION

SJ Sindu, Blue-Skinned Gods
Melissa Broder, Milk Fed: A Novel
Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle
Jen Silverman, We Play Ourselves
Alix Ohlin, We Want What We Want

TRANSGENDER FICTION

Callum Angus, A Natural History of Transition
Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby
Megan Milks, Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body
Shelley Parker-Chan, She Who Became the Sun 
Jeanne Thornton, Summer Fun

BISEXUAL NONFICTION

Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Borealis
Hasanthika Sirisena, Dark Tourist: Essays
Jen Winston, Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much
Daisy Hernández, The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease 
Courtney Cook, The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces

TRANSGENDER NONFICTION

Da’Shaun Harrison, Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness
Francisco Galarte, Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies
Ivan Coyote, Care Of: Letters, Connections, and Cures
Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt, Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography
Lucie Fielding, Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments

LGBTQ NONFICTION

Akwaeke Emezi, Dear Senthuran
Adam Zmith, Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures
Melissa Febos, Girlhood
Sarah Schulman, Let the Record Show
Kazim Ali, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

LESBIAN POETRY

Rosamond S. King, All the Rage
Tamiko Beyer, Last Days
Grace Lau, The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak
Donika Kelly, The Renunciations: Poems
Arisa White, Who’s Your Daddy

GAY POETRY

Nicholas Wong,Besiege Me
Michael Walsh, Creep Love
John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems
Miguel Murphy, Shoreditch
Derrick Austin, Tenderness

BISEXUAL POETRY

Aurielle Marie, Gumbo Ya Ya
Muriel Leung, Imagine Us, The Swarm
CM Burroughs, Master Suffering
Paige Quiñones, The Best Prey
Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void

TRANSGENDER POETRY

Mason J, Crossbones on My Life
Dani Putney, Salamat sa Intersectionality
Lindsay Choi, Transverse
Andrea Abi-Karam, Villainy
Raquel Salas Rivera, x/ex/exis

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Grace Perry, The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture 
Leslie Cohen, The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation
Jonathan Ned Katz, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams
Sophie Santos, The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I’ve Had): A Memoir
Adele Bertei, Why Labelle Matters

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Rajiv Mohabir, Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir
John Paul Brammer, Hola Papi
Peter Staley, Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism
Brian Broome, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir
Luis Felipe Fabre, Writing with Caca / Escribir con Caca, translated by JD Pluecker.

LESBIAN ROMANCE

Jae, Chemistry Lessons
E. J. Noyes, Go Around
Haley Cass, In the Long Run
Gerri Hill, Red Tide at Heron Bay
Milena McKay, The Headmistress

GAY ROMANCE

Sander Santiago, Best of the Wrong Reasons
John Patrick, Dublin Bay
Larry Benjamin, Excellent Sons: A Love Story in Three Acts
Lance Ringel, Floridian Nights
Farhad J. Dadyburjor, The Other Man

LGBTQ ANTHOLOGY

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis
Briona Simone Jones, Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought
Martin F. Manalansan IV, Alice Y. Hom, and Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Q & A: Voices from Queer Asian North America
Kemi Adeyemi, Kareem Khubchandani, and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Queer Nightlife
Editors: Leanna Keyes, Lindsey Mantoan, and Angela Farr Schiller; Playwrights: Leanna Keyes, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Ty Defoe, MJ Kaufman, Raphaël Amahl Khouri, j. Chavez, Sharifa Yasmin, and Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

LGBTQ CHILDREN’S/MIDDLE GRADE

JR and Vanessa Ford, Calvin
Ashley Herring Blake, Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea
Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua, Love, Violet
Rob Sanders, Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester, The Fabulous Zed Watson!

LGBTQ YOUNG ADULT

Adiba Jaigirdar, Hani And Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating
Aden Polydoros, The City Beautiful
A. R. Capetta, The Heartbreak Bakery
Isaac Fitzsimons, The Passing Playbook
Linsey Miller, What We Devour

LGBTQ COMICS

Crystal Frasier and Val Wise, lettering by Oscar O. Jupiter, Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms
Syan Rose, Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance
Written by Hiromi Goto; illustrated by Ann Xu, Shadow Life
Lee Lai, Stone Fruit
Kat Leyh, Thirsty Mermaids

LGBTQ DRAMA

aniel Alexander Jones, Love Like Light
storäe michele, mama [rose.]
R. Eric Thomas, Mrs. Harrison
Kheven LaGrone, Pillow Talk
L M Feldman, Thrive, or What You Will {an epic}

LGBTQ EROTICA

Tab Kimpton and Jade Sarson, Ambrosia: Trans Masc and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology
Samuel R. Delany, Big Joe
Tab Kimpton and Harry-Anne Bentley, Nectar: Trans Femme and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology
MJ Lyons, Queer Werewolves Destroy Capitalism: Smutty Stories
Levi Huxton, The Lodger, That Summer

LGBTQ MYSTERY

P.J. Vernon, Bath Haus
Jennifer Hanlon Wilde, Finding the Vein
Michael Nava, Lies With Man
Stephen Spotswood, Murder Under Her Skin
John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind

LGBTQ SPECULATIVE FICTION

Arkady Martine, A Desolation Called Peace
Honni van Rijswijk, Breeder
Cadwell Turnbull, No Gods, No Monsters
Olivia Tapiero, Phototaxis, translated by Kit Schluter
Neon Yang, The Tensorate Series

LGBTQ STUDIES

Gila Ashtor, Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia
C. Winter Han, Racial Erotics: Gay Men of Color, Sexual Racism, and the Politics of Desire
Leah DeVun, The Shape of Sex
Howard Chiang, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific
Anna Lvovsky, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall 

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