Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

From Press Release 

Lambda Literary has announced the finalists in 25 categories for the 35th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 65 literary professionals from more than 1,350 book submissions. These selections represent the best of LGBTQ literature this year.

Among this year’s finalists is Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, 2021 Esteem Award winner for Artistic Expression National. PrideIndex favorite authors Rasheed Newson, “My Government Means to Kill Me” by Rasheed Newson, Flatiron Books, and Kosoko Jackson, “I’m So Not Over You” by Berkley Romance are also finalists.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on June 9 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City or virtually! For tickets:, including Virtual Venue: Lambda on Airmeet.

Lesbian Fiction

Big Girl: A Novel by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, W.W. Norton & Company

Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang, One World

Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda, translated by Sarah Booker, Coffee House Press

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley, Alfred A. Knopf

Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel by Julia Armfield, Flatiron Books

Gay Fiction

Call Me Cassandra by Marcial Gala, translated from Spanish by Anna Kushner, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Foghorn Echoes by Danny Ramadan, Canongate Books

God’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu, A Public Space Books

Hugs and Cuddles by João Gilberto Noll, translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto, Two Lines Press

My Government Means to Kill Me: A Novel by Rasheed Newson, Flatiron Books

Gay Romance

Forever After by Marie Sinclair, Self-published

Forever, Con Amor by A.M. Johnson, Self-published

I’m So Not Over You by Kosoko Jackson, Berkley Romance

Just One Night by Felice Stevens, Self-published Two Tribes by Fearne Hill, Self-published

For a complete list of all finalists click here: