As the end of the year approaches here at Lambda Literary, we reflect on our 2015 achievements which have been made possible because of you, our dedicated supporters, and our brilliant literary communities that bring meaning and beauty to so many people around the world.

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to Lambda Literary to help us continue this vital work through 2016.


We’re proud to share this year’s significant accomplishments:

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Lambda Literary among a competitive field of arts nonprofits to participate in its Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, a two-year training grant to strengthen our organization with a series of intensive, expert-led seminars.
  • We were honored as a finalist of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Readings Prize for inspiring readers and engaging new audiences with literature.
  • With record attendance of 575 people, the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards honored the best LGBTQ literature in 24 categories and also presented awards to ground-breaking artists, Rita Mae Brown and John Waters.  The star-studded night included Gloria Steinem, Liz Smith, Janet Mock, Alison Bechdel, Justin Vivian Bond and Alan Cumming.
  • The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices convened another successful residency nurturing our most promising up-and-coming writers with workshop faculty that included Justin Torres, Sara Ryan, Linda Villarosa, Kazim Ali, and the inaugural workshop in playwriting withCherríe
  • We launched the Lambda Literary Winner’s Circle.
  • Author and philanthropist Chuck Forester of San Francisco announced an endowment gift of $1 million to Lambda Literary signaling a deep investment in our organization as well as our community’s authors committed to writing the LGBTQ experience. The announcement also launched our Legacy Circle.
  • Lambda Literary partnered with respected publications such as Slate Magazine and OUT Magazine to syndicate our book reviews and author interviews expanding our media reach even further.
  • The Lambda Literary Review published over 200 book reviews and featured in-depth author interviews with leading writers such as Maggie NelsonChloe CaldwellGary IndianaDanez SmithFelice Picano, and Carrie Brownstein.
  • Lambda’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools (WIS) program extended its partnership with the San Diego Unified School District for another three years to offer WIS to their high school students.
  • We received a record 900 book submissions for consideration of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards to be held June 6, 2016 in New York.

Please support Lambda Literary with your year-end tax-deductible donation

by midnight on New Year’s Eve. Make your gift of $25, $100, $250 or more – whatever you can afford – and help us continue our work of preserving, celebrating and advancing LGBTQ literature.

On behalf of the Staff and Board of Lambda Literary, thank you for doing your part during this year of exciting successes.



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