See the Finalists for the 2018 Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Roxane Gay, John Boyne, Carmen Maria Machado, and more will vie for the 30th annual prize.

2018 Lambda Literary Prize Finalists

After over 1,000 submissions for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, the final contenders have been reduced to a selected handful of books of LGBTQ literature published in 2017. The “Lammys,” as many have come to dub it, acknowledges literature that incorporates LGBTQ perspectives.

The nominees will represent 23 categories — including Lesbian Fiction, Gay Fiction, Bisexual Fiction, Transgender Fiction, LGBTQ Nonfiction, Bisexual Nonfiction, Transgender Nonfiction, Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, Transgender Poetry, Lesbian Mystery, Gay Mystery, Lesbian Memoir/Biography, Gay Memoir/Biography, Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance, LGBTQ Anthology, LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult, LGBTQ Drama, LGBTQ Erotica, LGBTQ Graphic Novels, LGBTQ SF/F/Horror, and LGBTQ Studies — and will be judged over 60 literary experts.

Those winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Use the slideshow below to view the finalists in full.

Lesbian Fiction

  • Difficult Women, Roxane Gay, Grove Press
  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
  • Marriage of a Thousand Lies, SJ Sindu, Soho Press
  • Not One Day, Anne Garréta, Deep Vellum Press
  • Something Better than Home, Leona Beasley, Eleven Light City Press
  • Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, Chavisa Woods, Seven Stories Press
  • We Were Witches, Ariel Gore, Feminist Press
  • The Year of Needy Girls, Patricia A. Smith, Kaylie Jones Books
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