Lambda Literary has been calling for literary submissions since our first Lambda Literary Awards back in 1989. We’ve held 24 additional open submissions for Lammys since that time and expanded our open submissions to include various writing competitions, most notably our annual Writer’s Retreat.

Today, I’m pleased to announce an open call for submissions of a different kind: applications for a seat on our board of directors.

Wait! Who’s ever heard of an open call for board of director nominations? Isn’t that something that’s universally done quietly and behind closed doors.

Perhaps. But throughout our history, Lambda Literary Foundation has identified the best LGBT literature through open submissions rather than closed door discussions, so why not do the same for our board? It seems like the most logical thing in the world.

As you’re thinking about whether you or someone in your network might be a good board member, consider what we are looking for:

  • Skills: We need to round out our board skills in many areas, including Legal, Corporate Fundraising, Accounting, Grant Writing, Major Gifts, and Publishing
  • Diversity: We would like for our board to better reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve in areas such as sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, geographic location, etc.
  • Basic Criteria: The board is primarily responsible for fundraising and governance. Each board member must have the ability to fulfill Board Member Expectations, including the $3,000 Give/Get (information about Expectations and Give/Get are available in our Board Member Application Packet).
  • Additional Criteria: The ability to promote a collaborative, team environment that is focused on the mission of LLF above all else is also very important

So, if you-or someone you know-has what it takes to be on the Lambda Literary Board, I invite you to fill out the application and submit it to info@LambdaLiterary.org by midnight PT on Monday, October 31, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact me at CShirley@LambdaLiterary.org.



  • Lou Kief

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