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29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Author: Edit Team

March 14, 2017

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 12, 2017 in New York City

Early Bird Gala Tickets On-Sale Now

Lambda Literary, the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known. They were chosen from nearly 900 submissions and over 300 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from independent presses, from both long-established and new LGBTQ publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. Visionary and Trustee Award honorees, the master of ceremonies, and celebrity presenters will be announced in April. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 12, 2017 in New York City.

“Never in my lifetime have LGBTQ stories felt so important as a means of being recognized and counted, as a form of resistance to this dangerous political climate we find ourselves in,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director Tony Valenzuela. “The Lammys are a celebration of great queer literature, and this year they’re also a reminder that our community of writers, publishers, and readers is not only strong, but part of a vital pathway to asserting our humanity.”

Now in their twenty-ninth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer writing for books published in 2016. The awards ceremony on June 12, 2017, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012). The red carpet and specially ticketed VIP cocktail reception will be held before the ceremony. The after-party, open to all with a general admission ticket, will follow at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012). For more information and to buy tickets, please visit Lambda’s website.

75 literary professionals, including booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, academics and previous Lammy winners and finalists volunteered countless hours of reading, critical thinking, and invigorating discussion to select the finalists in 23 categories.

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony, pre-ceremony VIP cocktail reception and after-party go on sale today. For information, visit Lambda’s website and join the conversation by following the hashtag #Lammys on Twitter. Early bird tickets at discounted prices are available until April 14th. Tickets for the ceremony and after-party are $150 ($125 early bird). Tickets that include the VIP cocktail reception are $250 ($225 early bird). Prices will increase by $25 on April 14th.

Lambda Literary Awards corporate sponsors will be announced soon. To inquire about sponsorship, contact Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director at

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 Childrens/Young Adult


LGBTQ Erotica

LGBTQ Graphic Novels


LGBTQ Studies


2017 Lambda Literary Awards Host Committee

Co-Chairs: David Groff, Rakesh Satyal, Amy Scholder


Angelo Nikolopoulos

Ann Aptaker

Anna deVries

Antonio Gonzalez

Ben Hyman

Cathy Renna

Christian Trimmer

Christopher Dufault

Damon Suede

David Gale

Diana Cage

Elizabeth Koke

Frederick McKindra

Jamie Brickhouse

Jason Wells

Jeremy Sorese

Karen Schechner

Lori Perkins

Martin Wilson

Michele Karlsberg

Parrish Turner

Paul Florez

Paul Whitlatch

Rocco Staino

Stephen Morrison

Zack Phillips


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