Posts tagged ‘Queer lit’

Welcome Queer India

Check out this easy-to-use Queer bookstore in Mumbai. Queer Ink are going great guns by the look of them.

Thanks to the Guardian for leading me to this anthology, OUT! stories from the new queer India,  from the store.

Queer Ink



October 30, 2012 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

New media savvy queer lit editor wanted

Web Producer/Editor, the Lambda Literary Foundation

The job
We are looking for a tech-savvy lit-lover who wants to be at the the nexus of the burgeoning online LGBT litscape.  The web producer/editor will help put the finishing touches on the new website, then take responsibility for 1) commissioning and posting immaculately edited content which is refreshed on a reliable schedule, 2) promoting the site through social media, 3) ensuring smooth and uninterrupted operation of the site.  Essentially, the web producer/editor will be monitoring the weather in the LGBT literary landscape and providing the community with the content they need before they even know they need it: reviews, opinion, interviews, community interaction–in written, audio, and video formats.

In addition to recruiting and assigning freelancers and volunteers, the producer/editor will solicit advertisers and oversee forum moderators.  S/he will report to the Executive Director, with whom s/he will consult.

The ideal candidate

  • has a solid grasp of the LGBT literary landscape, preferably with connections to publishers, agents, booksellers, writers, editors, readers, artists, etc. [E notes: you must be clued in to the US queer lit scene.]
  • is at home with social media–FB, Twitter, blogosphere–and associated technologies such as podcasting and video streaming
  • is proficient in Adobe Photoshop, basic HTML and Javascript, selected CMS (WordPress), and working knowledge of CSS, and CMS plug-in installation
  • has experience with recruiting & managing volunteer and freelance content providers
  • posseses great writing and editing skills, design flair, an instinct for and delight in community-building, and the demonstrated ability to innovate, plan and execute
  • loves to solve problems, make things work, and get things done

The rewards
You will meet and work with the giants of the LGBT literary world.  You will help grow the careers of emerging writers.  You will be loved and admired the world over.  You can work from anywhere with an internet connection (though as LLF is based in Los Angeles, the West Coast would be an advantage).

This is currently a half-time salaried position which we anticipate will grow to be full-time.  Pay dependent on experience.  Please send CV and cover letter to  Review of applications will begin Nov 30 2009.

Download Job Description (PDF)

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November 17, 2009 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Queer reads in Philly

Dear LGBT authors:

The Board of Directors of the Lambda Literary Foundation and Ed Hermance, owner of Giovanni’s Room, would like to invite you to read at our first “Read-a-thon”. The event, to be held at 7:30pm on Saturday November 21, 2009, at Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia, will be a benefit for both the Foundation and the bookstore. We’d like to invite LGBT authors to read from a recent or classic book and answer questions for approximately 15 minutes each. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to the two beneficiaries. We will be serving donated wine and snacks during the marathon reading. While the foundation and the bookstore can’t offset any expenses authors might incur participating in this benefit, we can possibly arrange housing in local homes. Both the Foundation and Giovanni’s Room will be very grateful for your help in these trying economic times. While this is a fundraising event, we’re hoping it will be a lot of fun for a community of people who treasure our words and writers.

The Lambda Literary Foundation is dedicated to raising the status of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people throughout society by rewarding and promoting excellence among LGBT writers who use their work to explore LGBT lives. The Foundation sponsors the annual Lambda Literary Awards and held its first Writer’s Retreat in 2007.

Giovanni’s Room, located at 12th & Pine in Center City Philadelphia, is the oldest LGBT bookstore in the USA. The store is faced with a financial challenge as their front wall of their historic structure is being replaced. The queer community of Philadelphia, rather than lose their cherished bookstore, is organizing fund-raising events through the fall to ensure the store’s survival.

We hope that we’ve enticed you to participate at this, sure to be wonderful, event. If you would like to read, or have any questions/comments/suggestions, please contact Scott Cranin at

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November 10, 2009 at 1:39 am Leave a comment


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This is a recurring theme for me and will continue until LLF moves with the times.

For background to this post, read my criticism against the LLF for excluding e-books and international queer lit from their awards (the Lammies). Basically, if you’re not in North America and don’t write English, you’re not queer worthy enough.

LLF has released their guidelines for next year’s Lammies. Changes! but not enough and some may think for the worse. Current guidelines are posted on their site but I’ll repeat the eligibility requirements here for posterity as the guidelines change every year.  Emphasis are mine.

The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) seeks to elevate the status of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people throughout society by rewarding and promoting excellence among LGBT writers who use their work to explore LGBT lives. (Lambda’s mission statement)

· In determining whether a book should be submitted for consideration, it should be noted that the Lambda Literary Awards are based principally on the LGBT content, the gender orientation/identity of the author and the literary merit of the work.

· The book must be published and distributed (i.e. available in bookstores or online) in the United States during 2009.

· Self-published books are eligible.

· Reprints of previously published paperback, hardcover or electronic books are not eligible. Second (or later) editions of a book are not eligible for consideration. A book that has been republished by a different publisher after its initial publication is not eligible.

· The book must be published in English. Translations from other languages into English are accepted, as long as the U.S. publication occurs during 2009.

· Books available in eBook format alone are not eligible.

Is this progress? LLF will now accept books only available from online stores (all bow to Amazon) as long as US readers can get them. Self-published books are  eligible.

On the other hand,  pure ebook publications are still barred (i.e.  still discriminated).  Yes, I’m spewing but unsurprised. Where would LLF be if they weren’t ultra conservative? Speaking of conservative, this statement worries me:

… the Lambda Literary Awards are based principally on the LGBT content, the gender orientation/identity of the author and the literary merit of the work.

Is that in descending order of priority? LGBT, I notice, doesn’t include intersex or queer identification. What does taking into account the gender orientation or identity of the author have anything to do with literary merit or promoting excellence in LGBT writing? What would the panel do with such information assuming they can get it? Most importantly, literary merit is last on the list!

Pardon me but this makes the LLF appear creepily inward looking  and self-rewarding, for themselves and their network again. Only.

September 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm 2 comments

Grants and Awards (Part 2)

Rant ahead.

I’ve got beef, and it’s with two of the biggest queer lit organisations today. I wrote about this last year and posted it on a public group. In view of the announcement in Part 1, I thought it timely to resurrect the argument, particularly as Lambda posts its new Awards guidelines on 1 October and submissions for both Lambda and The Publishing Triangle-related awards will be taken soon.

I publish lesbian e-books and upon checking both LLF and PT’s awards’ eligibility rules, I discovered to my sad surprise the following:

  • The Lambda Literary Awards only accept for nomination books that are published and distributed (“i.e. available in bookstores”) in the US. E-books in that jurisdiction are eligible but hardcopies must be provided for nomination.
  • The Publishing Triangle (PT), which organises the Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Randy Shilts-Judy Grahn awards for G&L nonfiction, the Audre Lorde and Thom Gunn award for L&G poetry, only accept for nomination books (hardcopy only, e-books are excluded) published in the US or Canada.


  • The Lambda Literary Foundation accepts membership fees from the global community. Their mission is “to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians – the whole literary community.”
  • Membership of PT is “open to anyone interested in the growth of lesbian and gay writers, literature, and publishers.” There is a fee for this membership, which is not explicitly (though it may be inferred as) restricted to Americans and Canadians.

As an Australian based publisher and writer of lesbian fiction, I am discouraged by the exclusivity of these organisations for limiting nominations to only US/Ca publications. And for not recognising or accepting digital resources such as e-books, an increasingly available option for and parallel to the print market.

If it was unequivocally stated that they are only promoting US and Canadian publications, I would understand. However, their claim is to represent the growth and best of LGBT literature, and they do so while accepting financial dues from members all over the world.

This process seems to indicate that non-US/Canadian LGBT literature is not suitable for nomination merely on the requirement that they must be published in the US/Ca to qualify for consideration. The Awards themselves are not expressly identified as exclusively US/Ca. The themes presented are universal, but the requirement for nomination is geographically limited. Surely this is unnecessary and redundant in today’s enterprise? Such a requirement is unsupportive of the development of more LGBT presses and, in my view, only serves to protect the existing US/Ca market.

I have written to both Lambda Lit and PT asking for clarification why books neither published in nor available in US/Ca stores are not eligible for nomination. (Our e-anthologies are, as with most e-publishing, only available in soft copy over the internet but we do not limit redistribution as our books are free. Ironically, we have had the most take-ups from North America). I have yet to receive a satisfactory response.

I do not begrudge the nominees or winners of these Awards. Any work that helps to progress LGBTIQ literature is welcome, and these and other similar organisations are important.

The point of my argument is that these distinguished bodies ought to either expand their view of ‘publications’ or explicitly acknowledge whom they serve. Their selection process clearly excludes the rest of the LGBT literary world outside of US/Ca. This is even as they continue to advocate themselves as representative of the best and promote their position into overseas markets.

Added today:

The Golden Crown Literary Society, an organisation that claims to represents Lesbian Fiction in its entirety, has a fairly detailed explanation on its nominating – but not the judging – process for its awards. Alas, at last count, e-books were not accepted. However, they don’t explicitly exclude English language print books published outside North America.

September 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm 2 comments

Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.