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African Writers Shortlisted for 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Lambda Literary, America’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known.

The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 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, June 4th in New York City.

“Celebrating our 30th year of Lambda Literary Award finalists is to recognize that this organization has been at the center of contemporary queer literature for decades,” said Lambda Literary Executive Director Tony Valenzuela. “This year is no different with another stellar list of authors demonstrating through their work that LGBTQ books tell richly textured stories about who we are in all our incredible diversity.”

Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien is nominated in the Gay Memoir/Biography. In the book, he offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity.

Fimí Sílè Forever by Nnanna Ikpo is nominated in the Gay Fiction category. It celebrates the enduring power of love, desire, faith, patriotism and human rights struggle in the face of political oppression and religious prejudice in Nigeria today.

Finally, Queer Africa 2: new stories by Makhosazana Xaba & Karen Martin is nominated in the anthology category. It is a compilation of 26 stories by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda and the USA present exciting and varied narratives on life. There are stories on desire, disruption and dreams; others on longing, lust and love. The stories are representative of the range of human emotions and experiences that abound in the lives of Africans and those of the diaspora, who identify variously along the long and fluid line of the sexuality, gender and sexual orientation spectrum in the African continent.

Now in their thirtieth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017. The awards ceremony on June 4, 2018. 67 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.

Check out the complete list below.

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

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