Lambda award finalists announced

7th Mar 2014

Lambda award finalists announced
The shortlists for the 26th annual Lambda awards were announced in LA after a record number of submissions.

The awards, known affectionately as the ‘Lammys’, cover a wide range of LGBT categories and genres including, for the first time this year, a graphic novel category.  Submissions came from a variety of mainstream publishers, academic presses and long-established and new LGBT publishers.

This year’s awards cover 24 categories in total, and include Transgender Fiction, Lesbian Poetry, LGBT Anthology and LGBT Debut Fiction. There are also several nonfiction categories. The range of categories aims to cover the diversity of the LGBT acronym and wider experience.

Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela, said of this year’s awards “Today is a day to celebrate the richness of our literature and to give hearty congratulations to our shortlisted authors and their publishers.”

More than 90 literary professionals, including booksellers, authors, librarians and previous LAMBDA winners and finalists took countless hours of reading and critical discussion to select the Lamda award finalists in each of the 24 categories.

Some of our absolute favourites can be found amongst the finalists, such as Nicole J Georges, who is nominated for her graphic memoir Calling Dr LauraOther finalists to look out for include Susan Choi, nominated in the Bisexual Fiction category for her novel My Education and Kate Worsley, whose historical novel She Rises is up for the Lesbian Fiction award.

You can find the full list of finalists and categories on the Lambda website. Winners will be announced on June 2nd. In the meantime, we’ve got a lot of reading to do.