Finalists Unveiled for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

By Maryann Yin 

The Lambda Literary Foundation revealed the finalists for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The “Lammy” awards honor the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) published works from 2012.

The nominated works in the 22 categories were picked by more than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, and previous Lammy Award winners. The winners will be announced on June 3, 2013 at a ceremony in New York City. We’ve listed a few of this year’s nominees below.

Here’s more from the release: “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 Colored Boys by Keith Boykin
  • Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love & Marriage edited by Audrey Bilger & Michele Kort
  • No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics edited by Justin Hall
  • Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification & the Desire to Conform edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore


  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  • The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy by S. Bear Bergman & illustrated by Suzy Malik
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
  • Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
  • Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin


  • Desire: Tales of New Orleans by William Sterling Walker
  • The Dream of Doctor Bantam by Jeanne Thornton
  • The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels
  • Incidental Music by Lydia Perovic
  • Love, In Theory: Ten Stories by E.J. Levy
  • Makara: a novel by Kristen Ringman
  • Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
  • People Who Disappear by Alex Leslie
  • The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
  • Three Cubic Feet by Lania Knight