The finalists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards were announced this week and some Colorlines favorites made the list. The awards celebrate literature for, by and about the LGBT community and this year’s nominees include MSNBC’s Janet Mock, BuzzFeed’s Saeed Jones, New York Times Columnist Charles Blow and many more. The awards ceremony will take place on June 1, 2015 in New York City. Check out the full list of nominees below.


Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction, Sheela Lambert, editor, Gressive Press, an imprint of Circlet PressExtraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, Ron J. Suresha, Lethe PressFinder of Lost Objects, Susie Hara, Ithuriel’s SpearGive It to Me, Ana Castillo, The Feminist PressShe of the Mountains, Vivek Shraya, Arsenal Pulp Press


Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Charles M. Blow, Houghton Mifflin HarcourtNot My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming, HarperCollins Publishers/Dey Street BooksRecognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, editors, Bisexual Resource Center


Bears of Winter, Jerry Wheeler, Bear Bones BooksIncubus Tales, Hushicho, Circlet PressThe King, Tiffany Reisz, MIRA BooksLeather Spirit Stallion, Raven Kaldera, Circlet PressThe Thief Taker, William Holden, Bold Strokes Books


All I Love and Know, Judith Frank, HarperCollins/William MorrowBarracuda, Christos Tsiolkas, HogarthBitter Eden: A Novel, Tatamkhulu Afrika, Macmillan/Picador USAThe City of Palaces, Michael Nava, University of Wisconsin PressI Loved You More, Tom Spanbauer, Hawthorne BooksLittle Reef and Other Stories, Michael Carroll, Terrace Books, an imprint of the University of Wisconsin PressNext to Nothing: Stories, Keith Banner, Lethe PressSouljah, John R Gordon, Angelica Entertainments Ltd/Team Angelica Publishing


Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, Sean Strub, ScribnerCharles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, Brent Phillips, University Press of KentuckyClosets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming Of Age As A Gay Man In The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army, Rob Smith, Blue Beacon Books by Regal CrestInside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, Edmund White, BloomsburyLetter to Jimmy, Alain Mabanckou, translated by Sara Meli Ansari, Counterpoint/Soft Skull PressThe Prince of Los Cocuyos, Richard Blanco, HarperCollins/EccoTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr, W. W. Norton & CompanyWagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, Philip Gefter, W. W. Norton & Company/Liveright


Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery, Katie Gilmartin, Cleis PressBoystown 6: From the Ashes, Marshall Thornton, MLRCalvin’s Head, David Swatling, Bold Strokes BooksDeadFall, David Lennon, BlueSpike PublishingFair Game, Josh Lanyon, Carina PressA Gathering Storm, Jameson Currier, Chelsea Station EditionsMoon Over Tangier, Janice Law, Open Road MediaThe Next, Rafe Haze, Wilde City Press


[insert] boy, Danez Smith, YesYes BooksClean, David J. Daniels, Four Way BooksDon’t Go Back To Sleep, Timothy Liu, Saturnalia BooksECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, CAConrad, Wave BooksThe New Testament, Jericho Brown, Copper Canyon PressPrelude to Bruise, Saeed Jones, Coffee House PressThis Life Now, Michael Broder, A Midsummer Night’s PressThis Way to the Sugar, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Write Bloody Publishing


The Companion, Lloyd A. Meeker, Dreamspinner PressEverything’s Coming Up Roses: Four Tales of M/M Romance, Barry Lowe, Lydian PressFoolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, Timothy Lambert and R.D. Cochrane, Cleis PressLike They Always Been Free, Georgina Li, Queer Young CowboysMessage of Love, Jim Provenzano, Myrmidude Press/CreateSpaceThe Passion of Sergius & Bacchus, A Novel of Truth, David Reddish, DoorQ PublishingPulling Leather, L.C. Chase, Riptide PublishingSalvation: A Novel of the Civil War, Jeff Mann, Bear Bones Books


All You Can Eat. A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance, Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle, Ylva PublishingForbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire, Cheyenne Blue, Ladylit PublishingLesbian Sex Bible, Diana Cage, Quiver Books


Adult Onset, Ann-Marie Macdonald, Tin House BooksLast Words of Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin, Translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich, New York Review BooksLovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Francine Prose, Harper Collins/HarperMiracle Girls, MB Caschetta, Engine BooksNew York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria, FSG Originals / Farrar, Straus and GirouxThe Palace Blues, Brandy T. Wilson, Spinsters InkThe Paying Guests, Sarah Waters, Riverhead Books, Penguin Random HouseYabo, Alexis De Veaux, RedBone Press


Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith, SUNY PressCease — a memoir of love, loss and desire, Lynette Loeppky, Oolichan BooksEating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, Kelly Cogswell, The University of Minnesota PressThe End of Eve, Ariel Gore, Hawthorne BooksUnder This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, Terry Mutchler, Seal Press


The Acquittal, Anne Laughlin, Bold Strokes BooksDone to Death, Charles Atkins, Severn House PublishersThe Old Deep and Dark-A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart, Minotaur BooksSlash and Burn, Valerie Bronwen, Bold Strokes BooksUnCatholic Conduct, Stevie Mikayne, Bold Strokes Books


Haiti Glass, Lenelle Moïse, City Lights/Sister SpitJaney’s Arcadia, Rachel Zolf, Coach House BooksLast Psalm at Sea Level, Meg Day, Barrow Street PressLike a Begger, Ellen Bass, Copper Canyon PressMxT, Sina Queyras, Coach House BooksMysterious Acts by My People, Valerie Wetlaufer, Sibling Rivalry PressOnly Ride, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry PressTermination Dust, Susanna Mishler, Red Hen Press/Boreal


Christmas Crush, Kate McLachlan, Regal CrestThe Farmer’s Daughter, Robbi McCoy, Bella BooksThe Heat of Angels, Lisa Girolami, Bold Strokes BooksJolt, Kris Bryant, Bold Strokes BooksNightingale, Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes BooksSeneca Falls, Jesse J. Thoma, Bold Strokes BooksTangled Roots, Marianne K. Martin, Bywater BooksThat Certain Something, Clare Ashton, Breezy Tree Press


Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call, Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood, Vintage Entity PressA Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, Bruce Gillespie, TouchWood EditionsOuter Voices Inner Lives, Mark McNease and Stephen Dolainski, editors, MadeMark PublishingThe Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, Douglas Ray, editor, Sibling Rivalry PressUnderstanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Leila J. Rupp & Susan K. Freeman, University of Wisconsin Press


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, Susan Kuklin, Candlewick PressDouble Exposure, Bridget Birdsall, Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse PublishingFive, Six, Seven, Nate!, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersForgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ooligan PressLies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, Harlequin TeenPukawiss the Outcast, Jay Jordan Hawke, Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink PressThis is Not a Love Story, Suki Fleet, Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink PressWhen Everything Feels like the Movies, Raziel Reid, Arsenal Pulp Press


Death in Venice, California, Vinton Rafe McCabe, The Permanent PressKill Marguerite and Other Stories, Megan Milks, Emergency PressA Map of Everything, Elizabeth Earley, Jaded Ibis PressThe Music Teacher, Bob Sennett, Lethe PressNochita, Dia Felix, City Lights/Sister SpitPart the Hawser, Limn the Sea, Dan Lopez, Chelsea Station EditionsUnaccompanied Minors, Alden Jones, New American PressThe Walk-In Closet, Abdi Nazemian, Curtis Brown Unlimited


The Beast of Times, Adelina Anthony, Kórima PressBootycandy, Robert O’Hara, Samuel FrenchA Kid Like Jake, Daniel Pearle, Dramatists Play ServiceThe Whale, Samuel D. Hunter, Samuel FrenchWolves, Steve Yockey, Samuel French


100 Crushes, Elisha Lim, Koyama PressBand Vs. Band Comix Volume 1, Kathleen Jacques, Paper Heart ComixPregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers, Soft Skull, an imprint of CounterpointSecond Avenue Caper, Joyce Brabner; Art by Mark Zingarelli, Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and GirouxSnackies, Nick Sumida, Youth in Decline


An American Queer: The Amazon Trail, Lee Lynch, Bold Strokes BooksHold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, Martin Duberman, The New PressThe Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality, Julie Sondra Decker, Skyhorse Publishing/Carrel BooksNevirapine and the Quest to End Pediatric AIDS, Rebecca J. Anderson, McFarlandRobert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, Hilton Als, Ann Temkin, Claudia Carson, Robert Gober, Paulina Pobocha, Christian Scheidemann, The Museum of Modern ArtSexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange, How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos, Robert Hofler, It Books/HarperCollinsThe Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future, Aaron H Devor, University of Victoria LibrariesThe Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973, Clayton Delery-Edwards, McFarland


Afterparty, Daryl Gregory, Tor BooksBitter Waters, Chaz Brenchley, Lethe PressButcher’s Road, Lee Thomas, Lethe PressChild of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica, Tor BooksFull Fathom Five, Max Gladstone, Tor BooksFutureDyke, Lea Daley, Bella BooksSkin Deep Magic, Craig Laurance Gidney, Rebel Satori Press


After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba, Noelle M. Stout, Duke University PressCharity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, Rachel Hope Cleves, Oxford University PressDelectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture, Vincent Woodard, Ed. Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride, New York University PressQueen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela, Marcia Ochoa, Duke University PressThe Queerness of Native American Literature, Lisa Tatonetti, The University of Minnesota PressSexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings, Juana Maria Rodriguez, New York University PressThe Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, Susan S. Lanser, University of Chicago PressUnder Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene, Bobby Benedicto, University of Minnesota Press


Everything Must Go, La JohnJoseph, ITNA PRESSFor Today I Am a Boy, Kim Fu, Houghton Mifflin HarcourtMoving Forward Sideways like a Crab, Shani Mootoo, Doubleday CanadaRevolutionary: A Novel, Alex Myers, Simon and SchusterA Safe Girl To Love, Casey Plett, Topside PressTransgender Non-Fiction

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man, Thomas Page McBee, City Lights/Sister SpitRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, Janet Mock, Atria BooksTrans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press