For nearly 30 years, Lambda Literary has shined a spotlight on our community’s literature by recognizing excellence and promoting visibility of LGBTQ books, and by offering emerging writers valuable opportunities for professional growth through celebrated literary programming.

Today, we need your support more than ever to continue this vital work.

To that end, seven extraordinary donors–Darla Baker, Al Baum, Steven Coulter, David Ebershoff, John Faubion, Chuck Forester and Kay Percy–have taken up the call to support Lambda by pledging a total of $25,000 and asking you to match their donations toward our fall challenge fundraising goal of $50,000.

Lambda Literary works year-round to advance LGBTQ stories through programs you’re familiar with and some exciting new projects I’d like to share with you.


What’s New at Lambda Literary?

LGBTQ Writers in Schools in New York City

This year Lambda began an historic partnership with the New York City Department of Education to bring LGBTQ literature into the K-12 classrooms of the largest school district in the nation. Celebrated authors such as Alex Gino, Naomi Jackson, Bil Wright, Alex Silvera and Ariel Schrag visited the students for engaging conversation about their work, the writing process and LGBTQ issues in society.

Lambda LitFest Los Angeles

The Lambda Literary Festival (March 11-12, 2017 in Los Angeles) will offer thought-provoking panel discussions, how-to workshops, readings and literary-inspired parties free and open to the public. Drawing from the richly diverse culture of the Los Angeles region, Lambda LitFest will including many of the leading contemporary voices in queer literature. A full list of programming and headliners will be announced this winter.

Lambda Literary Journals

Lambda recently published the third issue of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Also available is the Emerge anthology of writings by students of Lambda’s emerging writers residency, with a special introduction by bestselling author of We the Animals, Justin Torres. Lambda’s publications give voice to our community’s most marginalized writers and demonstrate that they also are among our most brilliant and visionary storytellers.

Long-Established Programs Continue to Grow

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices has become an essential residency for up-and-coming queer writers seeking to improve their craft, build a community of peer support and make valuable connections with publishing insiders. The talented poets, novelists, memoirists and playwrights that attend the Retreat represent the bright future of LGBTQ literature.

The Lambda Literary Review online magazine ( publishes more LGBTQ book reviews, in-depth author interviews, features, queer literary news and calls for submission than any other publication in the world. This year the Review featured some of our community’s most exciting literary voices such as Adam Hasslet, Phyllis Nagy, Garth Greenwell, Kokumo, Augusten Burroughs, Darryl Pinckney and Pat Spears.

The Lambda Literary Award is the most important LGBTQ literary prize in the world. This year’s ceremony at the beautiful NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts featured Eileen Myles, Hilton Als and Lammy winners in twenty-five categories. No other event brings as much visibility (and glamour) to queer literature than The Lammys.

As you can see, Lambda Literary is growing and, with it, grows our need for member support. Your tax-deductible donations to the fall challenge campaign will allow Lambda Literary to establish our new festival as an annual event, review more LGBTQ titles, offer more scholarship support to our community’s emerging writers, introduce more high school students to queer books, publish a growing number of exciting new voices, and continue to raise the profile of the Lammys gala, which is covered by a growing list of major international media.

If you are not a current supporter of Lambda Literary, please consider becoming a member today and see your tax-deductible gift doubled.

If you are already a member, please use this opportunity to increase your 2016 contribution which will be matched.


Please heed the call of our challenge campaign donors Darla Baker, Al Baum, Steven Coulter, David Ebershoff, John Faubion, Chuck Forester, and Kay Percy and turn their $25,000 pledge into $50,000 to sustain our renowned programs which put the literature of our community front and center.

Whether you can afford $50, $250, $500 or more, you will see your contribution doubled. Help us keep the spotlight on LGBTQ books!

We thank you for your support

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