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This Year's Transgender Fiction List for the LAMBDA Literary Awards

So, the deadline of December 1st has passed, and the submissions are in for this years Lambda Literary Awards.  As we’re a trans* blog, let’s take a look at the submissions that hope to win this years Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Fiction.  Why?  Don’t you wanna read some great books about transgender characters?  Maybe even some written by trans authors? Of course you do, so read on.

There are 18 total books submitted this year for consideration.  Which is good.  It means there are definitely books out there for those who are interested.  But… let’s take a closer look, shall we?  It’s always interesting to see what oddities one might find among the submissions.

- 5 of the books are Erotica/Romance/Steamy/Kinky books (as per their own descriptions).  Blue Water Dreams by Dena Hankins, Breaking Free by Cat Grant, Everything Must Go by La JohnJoseph, Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander, and Illusions & Dreams by Z. Allora.  Which curiously begs the question of why there is no Erotica/Romance section under the Transgender banner within the Lambda Literary Awards?

- 2 of the books are Collections of short stories.  A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love.  And Other Selves: A Journey of Gender, Fiction, Discovery, and Hope, featuring speculative/future/science fiction stories revolving around gender identity.

- 3 of the books are arguably not about trans characters at all.  Adam by Ariel Shrag, is about a young male character who someone ‘thinks’ is a trans man… ?  Revolutionary: A Novel by Alex Myers, (though probably less debatable than the previous book) is about Deborah Samson, and written by a trans descendant of Deborah, so it’s a little more interesting, given that perspective to go on.  And The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon, which is about someone who is transformed / dreaming / hallucinating about being a woman, though it is also by a trans author.

- 1 book that probably shouldn’t be considered, since it’s a reprint, though it’s being printed for America for the first time, Alphabet by Kathy Page.

- 1 book we don’t really know much about, and you’d be hard pressed to find much out either, Singular Acts of Endearment by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.

AND our favorite / most interesting statistic on the list:

-Only 7 of the 18 books are actually written by transgender authors.  Yep one third (ish).  Which is a little sad, but probably par for the course.  The two Topside Press books are, of course, written by trans authors, Casey Plett and Sybil Lamb (whose book is about Surviving a Hate Crime, and building a bomb… sort of).  Everett Maroon, who has also had work published with Topside.  Alex Myers, as mentioned above.  La JohnJoseph who is transandrogynous, and their book on a 'jungle of surreal orgies and terrorist explosions’.  Victor Alexander who wrote the 'scandalous’ book mentioned above.  And Amber Neko Meador, author of the collection of speculative trans fiction mentioned previously, and the only independently published title on the list.

While we wish every author the best, and there are some extremely well written and enjoyable books on that list, we are obviously pulling for one of the 7 trans authors to take home the prize.

[December 6th, 2014]

[ Full List Below ]

  • A Boy Like Me, Jennie Wood, 215 Ink
  • ** A Safe Girl To Love, Casey Plett, Topside Press
  • Adam, Ariel Schrag, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Alphabet, Kathy Page, Biblioasis
  • Blue Water Dreams, Dena Hankins, Bold Strokes Books
  • Breaking Free, Cat Grant, Cat Grant Books
  • ** Everything Must Go, La JohnJoseph, ITNA PRESS
  • Fingerless, Ian Donnell Arbuckle, Pelekinesis
  • For Today I Am a Boy, Kim Fu, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ** Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm), Vicktor Alexander, Dreamspinner Press
  • Illusions & Dreams, Z. Allora, Dreamspinner Press
  • ** I’ve Got A Time Bomb, Sybil Lamb, Topside Press
  • Just Girls, Rachel Gold, Bella Books
  • Ladyboy and the Volunteer, Susanne Aspley, Peace Corps Worldwide Imprint
  • ** Other Selves: A Journey of Gender, Fiction, Discovery, and Hope, Amber Neko Meador, CreateSpace
  • ** Revolutionary: A Novel, Alex Myers, Simon and Schuster
  • Singular Acts of Endearment, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Grey Sparrow Press & Squircle Line Press
  • ** The Unintentional Time Traveler, Everett Maroon, Booktrope

** - Denotes a trans author

A shortlist of finalists will be announced by early March 2015.

 

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