‘Stone Fruit,’ ‘Thirsty Mermaids’ among the nominees for the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards

The annual awards recognize LGBTQ books, poetry, comics and more.

The nominees for the 34th annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced, celebrating “the very best in LGBTQ literature.” The awards include an “LGBTQ Comics” category.

According to the press release, this year was the “most competitive yet,” with the highest ever submission volume in Lammy Award history. “We are particularly inspired by such amazing numbers in the LGBTQ Young Adult and Children’s/Middle Grade categories,” the unnamed awards manager said. “The modern movement to ban access to LGBTQ books for young people is horrendous, but we hope the publishing industry continues backing these remarkable works in volume to meet that resistance.”

The nominees in the “LGBTQ Comics” category include:

Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise, lettering by Oscar O. Jupiter, Oni Press

Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance by Syan Rose, Arsenal Pulp Press

Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto; illustrated by Ann Xu, First Second

Stone Fruit by Lee Lai, Fantagraphics Books

Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh, Simon & Schuster/Gallery 13

In addition, two comics anthologies were nominated in the LGBTQ Erotica category: Ambrosia: Trans Masc and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology and Nectar: Trans Femme and Non Binary Erotic Comics Anthology, both published by Discord Comics.

The winners will be announced June 11. You can find a list of all the nominees across all categories on the Lambda Literary website.

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