2017 Lambda Award Nominees

The nominees for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) have been announced. The awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 12.

The categories with nominees of genre interest are reported below. The full list is here.

LGBTQ Children‘s/Young Adult

  • Beast, Brie Spangler, Alfred A. Knopf [Called a “reimagining of Beauty and the Beast”]
  • Girl Mans Up, M.E. Girard, Harper Teen
  • Gravity, Juliann Rich, Bold Stroke Books
  • Highly Illogical BehaviorJohn Corey Whaley, Dial Books [Includes Star Trek references, though story is probably not sff]
  • Not Your Sidekick, C.B. Lee, Duet [Set hundreds of years in the future, where disappointingly not everything has changed.]
  • Our Chemical Hearts, Krystal Sutherland, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin, Balzer + Bray
  • The Midnight Star, Marie Lu, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers [Finale of the Young Elites trilogy]


  • All Good Children, Dayna Ingram, Lethe Press
  • The Devourers, Indra Das, Del Rey
  • Irish Black, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
  • Kissing Booth Girl, A.C. Wise, Lethe Press
  • Lily, Michael Thomas Ford, illustrated by Staven Andersen, Lethe Press
  • A Little Queermas Carol, Sassafras Lowrey, PoMo Freakshow
  • Style of Attack Report, By Ras Mashramani, Rasheedah Phillips, Alex Smith, and M. Eighteen Téllez, Metropolarity
  • Will Do Magic for Small ChangeAndrea Hairston, Aqueduct Press

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2 thoughts on “2017 Lambda Award Nominees

  1. There are a few other books with SFF content here and there throughout the other nominees. I noticed:

    Walk-in by T.L. Hart in the lesbian mystery category
    The Scorpion’s Empress by Yoshiyuki Ly in the lesbian romance category
    Coils by Barbara Ann Wright in the lesbian romance category
    Soul to Keep by Rebekah Weatherspoon in the LBTQ erotica category
    The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine in the gay fiction category

    There may be others. (I haven’t read any of those, although there are some here and above where I’ve read other books by the same author.)

    For myself, I’m particularly interested in:

    Not Your Sidekick, by C.B. Lee. This one’s been on my radar for a while, will definitely check it out soon.

    All Good Children, by Dayna Ingram. Her debut novel, the zombie-themed Eat Your Heart Out, was a bit rough here and there but was fun and showed tons of potential; I’ll be interested to see what she’s done next.

    Lily, by Michael Thomas Ford. Hearing about this one for the first time here; sounds interesting!

  2. Thanks for pointing out some additional SFF titles. I looked at the linked descriptions of all the ones in the YA category since I could tell some were SFF, but the nominees in the other categories didn’t give off an SFF vibe that I noticed so I didn’t look at those.

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