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Lesbian Fiction


The Tiger Flu, Larissa Lai, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)

In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai - her first in sixteen years - a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by the male-dominated Salt Water City, goes to war against disease, technology, and powerful men that threaten them with extinction. Kirilow is a doctor apprentice whose lover Peristrophe is a starfish.


La Bastarda, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Translated by Lawrence Schimel, The Feminist Press at CUNY

La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo. Forbidden from seeking out her father, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of mysterious girls revelling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.


The Evolution of Love, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rare Bird Books

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.


The Fifth Woman, Nona Caspers, Sarabande Books

Years after Caspers's unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, "What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?" In vivid, richly detailed vignettes, the book tracks the cyclical nature of grief and remembrance across a life fractured by loss. At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.


Maggie Terry, Sarah Schulman, The Feminist Press at CUNY

Post-rehab, Maggie Terry is single-mindedly trying to keep her head down in New York City. There's a madman in the White House, the subways are constantly delayed, summer is relentless, and neighborhoods all seem to blend together.


Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson, Future Tense Books

In her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them.


Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press

It's the summer of 1990 and the small town of Crystal Beach has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community Starla Mia Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be to be the least of Starla's troubles: a mysterious force begins to dog Starla... Soon enough, she must confront the unresolved traumas that haunt Crystal Beach.


Two Moons: Stories, Krystal A. Smith, BLF Press

A splendid debut collection of speculative fiction that traverses the connections between earth and the heavens, the living and the spectral, human and animal.

Gay Fiction


Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)


Drapetomania, or the Narrative of Cyrus Tyler and Abednego Tyler, Lovers, John R. Gordon, Team Angelica Publishing


History of Violence: A Novel, Édouard Louis, Translated by Lorin Stein, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel, Joseph Cassara, HarperCollins / Ecco


Luminous Traitor: The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement, a Biographical Novel, Martin Duberman, University of California Press


Some Hell: A Novel, Patrick Nathan, Graywolf Press


Speak No Evil, A Novel, Uzodinma Iweala, HarperCollins / Harper


State of the Nation, David Jackson Ambrose, The TMG Firm

Bisexual Fiction


Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, Translated by Tina Kover, Europa Editions (WINNER)


Behind These Doors: Radical Proposals Book 1, Jude Lucens, Greenwose Books


The Best Bad Things: A Novel, Katrina Carrasco, MCD / FSG


Bhopal Dance: A Novel, Jennifer Natalya Fink, University of Alabama Press / FC2


Jilted, Lilah Suzanne, Interlude Press


The Origin of Doubt: Fifty Short Fictions, Nathan Alling Long, Press 53


Palmetto Rose, J.E. Sumerau, Brill / Sense


The Wild Birds, Emily Strelow, Rare Bird Books / A Barnacle Book

Transgender Fiction


Little Fish, Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)


Confessions of the Fox: A Novel, Jordy Rosenberg, One World / Random House


Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi, Grove Atlantic / Grove Press


Invasions, Calvin Gimpelevich, Instar Books


Sketchtasy, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Arsenal Pulp Press

Bisexual Nonfiction

Many Love: A Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s), Sophie Lucido Johnson, Simon & Schuster, Inc. / Touchstone

No Archive Will Restore You, Julietta Singh, Punctum Books / 3Ecologies Imprint

Out of Step: A Memoir, Anthony Moll, The Ohio State University Press (WINNER)

Transgender Nonfiction

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, Thomas Page McBee, Scribner

Histories of the Transgender Child, Julian Gill-Peterson, University of Minnesota Press (WINNER)

I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya, Penguin Canada

Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment, Aren Z. Aizura, Duke University Press

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy Ladin, Brandeis University Press

LGBTQ Nonfiction

The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago’s First Century, Jim Elledge, Chicago Review Press

Butch Heroes, Ria Brodell, The MIT Press

Has the Gay Movement Failed?, Martin Duberman, University of California Press

Ladies Lazarus, Piper J. Daniels, Tarpaulin Sky Press

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, Imani Perry, Beacon Press (WINNER)

No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, C.J. Janovy, University Press of Kansas

Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, Avery Cassell, Stacked Deck Press

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, Charlene A. Carruthers, Beacon Press

Lesbian Poetry

Body Work, Emilia Nielsen, Signature Editions

Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House, Nina Puro, New Issues Poetry & Prose (WINNER)

Evolution, Eileen Myles, Grove Atlantic / Grove Press

Gaze Back, Marylyn Tan, Ethos Books

Obits., Tess Liem, Coach House Books

Past Lives, Future Bodies, Kristin Chang, Black Lawrence Press

Surge, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books

Who Is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions, Jane Miller, Copper Canyon Press

Gay Poetry

ESL or You Weren’t Here, Aldrin Valdez, Nightboat Books

Indecency, Justin Phillip Reed, Coffee House Press (WINNER)

Inquisition, Kazim Ali, Wesleyan University Press

Junk, Tommy Pico, Tin House Books

Not Here, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Coffee House Press

Stereo(TYPE), Jonah Mixon-Webster, Ahsahta Press

Unfinished Sketches of a Revolution, Brane Mozetič, Translated by Barbara Jursa, Talisman House Publishers

Wild Is the Wind: Poems, Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Bisexual Poetry (*new category for the 31st Annual Lammys)

Cenzontle, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, BOA Editions Ltd.

If They Come for Us, Fatimah Asghar, Random House / One World

Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore: Love Poems, Frances Donovan, Reaching Press / Createspace

My Woman Card Is anti-Native & Other Two-Spirit Truths, Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

We Play a Game, Duy Doan, Yale University Press (WINNER)

Transgender Poetry

Heal Your Love, Luna Merbruja, biyuti publishing

Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway, Book*hug Press

If the Color Is Fugitive, Sara Mithra, Nomadic Press

Lo Terciario / The Tertiary, Raquel Salas Rivera, Timeless, Infinite Light (WINNER)

Some Animal, Ely Shipley, Nightboat Books

Lesbian Mystery

A Matter of Blood, Catherine Maiorisi, Bella Books

A Study in Honor: A Novel, Claire O’Dell, HarperCollins / HarperVoyager (WINNER)

A Whisper of Bones: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books

Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel, Joseph Fink, Harper Perennial

Gnarled Hollow, Charlotte Greene, Bold Strokes Books

The Locket, Gerri Hill, Bella Books

Secrets of the Last Castle, A. Rose Mathieu, Bold Strokes Books

Stolen: A Kieran Yeats Mystery, Linda J. Wright, Cats Paw Books

Gay Mystery

Black Diamond Fall, Joseph Olshan, Polis Books

Boystown 11: Heart’s Desire, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books

Death Checks In, David S. Pederson, Bold Strokes Books

Dodging and Burning: A Mystery, John Copenhaver, Pegasus Books

The God Game: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn

Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books (WINNER)

Somewhere Over Lorain Road, Bud Gundy, Bold Stroke Books

Survival Is a Dying Art: An Angus Green Novel

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Apocalypse, Darling, Barrie Jean Borich, Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, Julia Van Haaften, W. W. Norton & Company

A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir, Sandra Gail Lambert, University of Nebraska Press

Chronology, Zahra Patterson, Ugly Duckling Presse (WINNER)

Food Was Her Country: The Memoir of a Queer Daughter, Marusya Bociurkiw, Dagger Editions

MINE: Essays, Sarah Viren, University of New Mexico Press

My Butch Career: A Memoir, Esther Newton, Duke University Press

nîtisânak, Lindsay Nixon, Metonymy Press

Gay Memoir/Biography

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, Lillian Faderman, Yale University Press

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee, Bloomsbury Publishing

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore, Bold Type (WINNER)

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, Deray Mckesson, Viking

The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beales, the Maysles

Brothers and Jacqueline Kennedy, Jerry Torre & Tony Maietta, Querelle Press

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart, Oxford University Press

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading, Edmund White, Bloomsbury Publishing

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir, Casey Gerald, Penguin Random House

Lesbian Romance

Autumn’s Light, Aurora Rey, Bold Strokes Books

Beowolf For Cretins: A Love Story, Ann McMan, Bywater Books (WINNER)

Breaking Down Her Walls, Erin Zak, Bold Strokes Books

Charming the Vicar, Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books

In Development, Rachel Spangler, Brisk Press

Just For Show, Jae, Ylva Publishing

The Music And The Mirror, Lola Keeley, Ylva Publishing

The Talebearer, Sheri Lewis Wohl, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Romance

The CEO’s Christmas Manny, Angela McCallister, Dreamspinner Press

Crashing Upwards, S.C. Wynne, self-published (WINNER)

Detour, Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore, Riptide Publishing

Learn with Me, Kris Jacen, MLR Press, LLC

No Luck, Kayleigh Sky, Kiss Drunk Books

Of Sunlight and Stardust, Christina Lee & Riley Hart, self-published

Point of Contact, Melanie Hansen, Carina Press

Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling, Jenny Holiday, self-published

LGBTQ Anthology

As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II, The Other Foundation, Jacana Media (WINNER)

Beyond II: The Queer Post-Apocalyptic & Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology, Taneka Stotts & Sfé R. Monster, Beyond Press

Foglifter Volume 3, Issue 1, Miah Jefra, Chad Koch, et al., Foglifter Press

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay, HarperCollins / Harper Perennial

Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts, Peter Dickinson, C.E. Gatchalian, Kathleen Oliver, Dalbir Singh, Playwrights Canada Press

Sista!: An Anthology of Writing By and About Same Gender Loving Women of African/Caribbean Descent with a UK Connection, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Rikki Beadle-Blair, John R. Gordon, Team Angelica Publishing

Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ Parents, Sadie Epstein-Fine & Makeda Zook, Demeter Press

Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Lexie Bean, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult


Hurricane Child, Kheryn Callender, Scholastic / Scholastic Press (WINNER)

Anger Is a Gift: A Novel, Mark Oshiro, Tor Teen

The Dangerous Art of Blending In, Angelo Surmelis, HarperCollins / Balzer & Bray

Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Adib Khorram, Dial

Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake, Houghton Mifflin & Little, Brown

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo, HarperCollins / HarperTeen

Sawkill Girls, Claire Legrand, HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, Kheryn Callender, HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray


Black Light, Daniel Alexander Jones, produced by The Public Theater

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, Jen Silverman, Samuel French, Inc.

Draw the Circle, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Dramatists Play Service (WINNER)

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, Miranda Rose Hall, produced by LCT3 at Lincoln Center Theater

Singlet, Erin Markey, produced by The Bushwick Starr

LGBTQ Erotica

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, Sacchi Green, Cleis Press

Crossplay, Niki Smith, Iron Circus Comics

Gents: Steamy Stories From the Age of Steam, Matthew Bright, Lethe Press

The Lurid Sea, Tom Cardamone, Bold Strokes Books

Miles & Honesty in SCFSX!, Blue Delliquanti & Kazimir Lee, self-published (WINNER)

LGBTQ Graphic Novels


The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish, Fantagraphics Books (WINNER)

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell (Writer), Sean Parsons, Mark Morales, Howard Porter, Mike Feehan (Illustrators), DC Entertainment

Love Letters to Jane’s World, Paige Braddock, Lion Forge

On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden, First Second / Roaring Brook Press

Our Wretched Town Hall, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Retrofit Comics & Big Planet Comics

The Pervert, Michelle Perez (Writer), Remy Boydell (Illustrator), Image Comics

Unpacking, Steve MacIsaac, Northwest Press

We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, Jeanne Thornton & Tara Madison Avery, Stacked Deck Press

LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

The Barrow Will Send What It May, Margaret Killjoy,

The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman, Aqueduct (WINNER)

The Descent of Monsters, JY Yang,

Forget the Sleepless Shores, Sonya Taaffe, Lethe Press

In the Vanishers’ Palace, Aliette de Bodard, JABberwocky

Metabolize, If Able, Clay AD, Monster House Press

Resilience, Fletcher DeLancey, Heartsome Publishing

Witchmark, C.L. Polk,

LGBTQ Studies


Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston, William T. Hoston, Peter Lang International Academic Publisher (WINNER)

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History, E. Patrick Johnson, University of North Carolina Press

Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean, Lyndon K. Gill, Duke University Press

Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics, Myrl Beam, University of Minnesota Press

Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States, Keridwen N. Luis, University of Minnesota Press

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports, Andrew Billings & Leigh Moscowitz, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Post-Borderlandia: Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique, T. Jackie Cuevas, Rutgers University Press

Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers, Anne Balay, University of North Carolina Press