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How To Become a Member of Lambda Literary

Another one of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to become a member of Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF). So I went to the LLF web site and found this:

The Lambda Literary Foundation is the leading national nonprofit for LGBT readers, writers, publishers, editors, librarians, booksellers and the entire LGBT literary community. Your membership contributions help to sustain our programs: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our website, LambdaLiterary.org, the web’s premier online destination for LGBT literature.

It’s not that difficult to become a member, at least not as difficult as becoming a member of other organizations. In fact, it sounds so simple I had to read it a few times just to be sure I wasn’t missing anything.

Basically all you have to do it make a tax deductible donation. There’s a snail mail address for checks, and a paypal link for online donations. The LLF also has a secure payment system as well.

There are the membership levels, which you can read more about at this link for the LLF.

$25-$249 Public acknowledgement on website

$250-$499 All previous benefits plus: Autographed copy of an LGBT title (new members only)

$500-$999 All previous benefits plus: 2 tickets to Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony & After-Party

$1,000 & up All previous benefits plus: 4 tickets to Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony & After-Party

The reason I’m going to become a member this year is because I think the LLF should be supported in a general sense, all politics aside. It’s been around for a long time, and I think the more people who support it make it stronger.

It’s really that plain and simple sometimes, especially if you are an LGBT author, publisher, or reader of LGBT books. The link above to the LLF is the only one you’ll need.

And, for those who would like to remain anonymous, you can request that, too.


Lambda Literary Changes the Rules For Lambda Awards

I just saw this and wanted to post about it. I’m thrilled to see that things are changing for once in a positive direction. Of course it would also be nice to see the LLF add e-books, too. But I have a feeling that’s going to take a long time. Like most of publishing, there are still a lot of people who have yet to embrace e-books and many who don’t even understand them. I even know one or two people who think e-books are a passing trend and will die out. Who knows? All I do know is once I switched to an e-reader I never went back to print…for a variety of reasons, most having to do with the higher quality of my reading experience with an e-reader.

This is what the LLF says about e-books: Books available in eBook format alone are not eligible. Interesting mind set, especially with amazon’s .99 e-books doing so well. You have to wonder if some of these nice folks are living under rocks. I’ll post more about that in the future.

For now, I’m thrilled to see that Lambda has added the changes, especially this one: These awards will be open to all authors regardless of their sexual identity. Even though I don’t enter award contests, ever, (It’s a personal thing for me…I’m not writing to win awards and I never did write to win awards…I don’t even enter the Rainbow Awards and I’m one of the jurors. And anyone who reads this blog knows how much I love Elisa Rolle, the person who started the Rainbow Awards.) I’m thrilled to see the LLF do this.

Here’s the link, and below is the article.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2011

CONTACT: Dr. Judith Markowitz, LLF Co-Chair

(773) 769-9243, jmarkowitz@pobox.com

Lambda Literary Foundation Announces

New Guidelines for Lambda Literary Awards Submissions

For its first 20 years, the Lambda Literary Foundation accepted submissions for the Lambda Literary Awards based solely on a book’s LGBT subject matter. That policy changed in 2009 to restrict the awards to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer authors. After two years of implementing the LGBT-only policy, the queer book community remains sharply divided about limiting Lammy nominations to LGBT authors only.

In its review of the LGBT-only policy, the LLF Board of Trustees took into consideration LLF’s mission statement

The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.

and core provisions in its Bylaws. The Board also noted that the large majority of finalists and winners of the Lambda Literary Awards have been LGBT authors, but not all of them. There have also been a small number of outstanding books about LGBT lives written by our heterosexual allies.

In addition, the LLF Board solicited opinions from individuals in the LGBT book community, including publishers, authors, important donors, readers, and casual supporters. Those opinions represented both sides of the issue and were, in many cases, intensely held.

After careful consideration of all these factors, the Board crafted a new policy designed to honor excellence in writing about LGBT lives. The new policy has three components:

LGBT authors will be recognized with three awards marking stages of a writer’s career: the Betty Berzon Debut Fiction Award (to one gay man and one lesbian), the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize (to one male-identified and one female-identified author), and the Pioneer Award (to one male-identified and one female-identified individual or group)

Awards for the remaining Lambda Literary Award categories will be based on literary merit and significant content relevant to LGBT lives. These awards will be open to all authors regardless of their sexual identity

All book award judges will be self-identified LGBT

“We fully understand the importance of this issue and the extent to which it has divided our community,” said LLF Board Co-Chair, Dr. Judith Markowitz. “Resolving these strongly-held differences was not easy. We worked carefully keeping in mind the best interests of LGBT people, writing, and writers.”

She continued, “The policy we’ve crafted recognizes that those opposing viewpoints are actually contained in LLF’s mission. We hope that the result of our deliberations promotes healing and strengthens LGBT writers and literature.”

The revised guidelines appear on the LLF website. They are effective immediately in preparation for the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards to be held in New York City in early June 2012.

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The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our comprehensive website, http://www.LambdaLiterary.org. For more information call (213) 568-3570.