Lambda Literary Foundation

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Lambda Literary Foundation
NicknameLambda Literary
TypeLGBT literary organization
  • Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director
Sue Landers
Managing Editor
William Johnson

The Lambda Literary Foundation is an American LGBT literary organization that aims to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature through programs that encourage development of emerging writers.


The Lambda Literary Foundation (also referred to as Lambda Literary) was incorporated in 1997, but traces its roots to the first publication of the Lambda Book Report in 1987.[1] The foundation promotes LGBT literature via the annual Lambda Literary Award, the Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, their website, their editorial staff Lambda Literary Review, their weekly e-newsletter Bookish, their annual anthology, their scholarships, and LGBTQ writers in schools program.[1][2]

Lambda Literary Awards[edit]

The Annual Lambda Literary Awards honor "Excellence in LGBT literature" in various categories that change from year to year. Started in 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards are based principally on the LGBT content, the sexual orientation of the author and the literary merit of the work.[3]

Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices[edit]

The Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 by the Lambda Literary Foundation, and was the first of its kind offered to LGBT writers.[4] It is a one-week intensive immersion course in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, aiming to allow new writers learn from established writers in the LGBT community.[5] Faculty have included Dorothy Allison, Claire Carmichael, Bernard Cooper, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Rigoberto González, Eloise Klein Healy, Fenton Johnson, Joy Ladin, Michael Nava, D. A. Powell, John Rechy, Ellen Bass, Sarah Schulman, Ryka Aoki, Ellery Washington and Nicola Griffith.[4][6]


In 2016, Lambda published their first hardback, Anthology, Emerge: 2015 Lambda Fellows Anthology (Volume 1), which was written by the 2015 Lambda literary fellows.[7]


Lambda offers a variety of scholarships to emerging LGBT voices most recently adding scholarships in honor of transgender writer Bryn Kelly and feminist writer Jeanne Cordova.[8]


  1. ^ a b "A Brief History of LLF". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Finding Aid to the Lambda Literary Foundation records, 1986-2010". ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Online Archive of California. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Lambda Finalists Named". Publishers Weekly. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices | Lambda Literary". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  6. ^ "2016 Writers Retreat Fellows". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  7. ^ Torres, Justin. "Don't get used to it: Queer literature in a time of triumph". Salon. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  8. ^ Team, Edit (2016-07-19). "Lambda Literary Announces Jeanne Córdova and Bryn Kelly Scholarships". Retrieved 2016-08-27.

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