#SPFBO 5 and LGBTQ+ Characters

Happy SPFBO 5! Today officially marks the start of the fifth annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, and the first reviews are already being posted! There’s so much excitement going on, it’s hard to keep track of. But I’m here to tell you about my favorite event so far: combining SPFBO with Gay Pride!

What’s that? You think just because June is over, Gay Pride ended? Nope! We celebrate it year ’round in my house. And I’m so proud to say that I’m not the only author in the competition who loves to celebrate LGBTQIA+ characters. Andrew Butcher took a little survey and found that a number of this year’s entries have at least one LGBTQIA character. We made a list on Goodreads, but I’m also sharing it here!

SPFBO 5 – LGBTQIA / LGBT-Friendly Books

  1. + Seraphina’s Lament by Sarah Chorn: My review, Judge’s review
  2. River of Thieves by Clayton Snider: Author interview, My review
  3. Riwenne & the Mechanical Beasts by Kristen S. Walker: Character interview
  4. X Fear the Wolf by Andrew Butcher: My review, Judge’s review
  5. + The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster: Judge’s review
  6. X The Brightest Light by Scott J. Robinson: Judge’s review
  7. X The Gates of Golorath by R.M. Garino: My review, Judge’s review
  8. X A Triad in Three Acts by Blaine D. Arden: My review, Judge’s review
  9. + Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgess: Author interview, Judge’s review, My Review
  10. X Klone’s Stronghold by Joyce Reynolds-Ward: Character interview, Judge’s review
  11. X The Narrows by Travis M. Riddle: Judge’s review
  12. Dissident by Nikki McCormack: Judge’s review
  13. + Blade’s Edge by Virginia McClain: Author interview, Judge’s review
  14. + Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn: Judge’s review
  15. X Torn Apart by J.M. Riddles: Character interview, Judge’s review
  16. Gloomwalker by Alex Lang: Character interview
  17. X The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox: Judge’s Review, My review
  18. The Dragons of Esternes by Steve Turnbull: Character interview
  19. Skies of the Empire by Vincent E. M. Thorn
  20. X Dreadmarrow Thief by Marjory Kaptanoglu: Judge’s review
  21. + Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang: Judge’s review
  22. X A Shard of Sea and Bone by LJ Engelmeier: My review, Judge’s review
  23. X The Door into Fire by Diane Duane: Judge’s review

Key: X eliminated, + semi-finalist

Books entered into SPFBO 5 which have LGBTQIA+ characters. Book links on Goodreads. Reviews and interviews are on individual blogs. I’m linking to any extra content I find related to this contest because I find it entertaining, but only the judges’ reviews count toward the final results.

Wow, that’s 23 books, which is over 7% of the total entries! That’s a fabulous showing. I don’t know of any lists for previous years, but it’s rare to see LGBT+ characters featured in any books. As of November 10th, 11 have been eliminated, 6 have become semi-finalists, and the rest are still awaiting judgment.

Since I plan to participate in reading and reviewing other entries from the competition, I decided to start with this list. So I will keep it updated as I write my personal reviews for each one. I’m not an official judge, so my reviews won’t count towards any book’s score; I’m just doing this for fun, and to highlight the queer representation.


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