Deadline May 1, 2018
Lambda Literary is seeking literary programming proposals (readings, workshops, events) for a Week of LitFest events that will take place Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Friday, October 5, 2018, following the launch of the 2nd annual Lambda LitFest on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Selected proposals will be included in the official Lambda Literary LitFest LA '18 program guide.
Successful Week of LitFest community programs tend to be an organic expression of local communities that embrace the racial, ethnic, gender, dis/ability, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of Los Angeles. Curate or organize an LGBTQ literary event wherever you are in the Southland. Get a group together or do outreach to writer friends. Propose a reading or literary performance event that reflects your community or your neighborhood. It could be a reading built around a theme, a group poetry reading outside a historic venue, a 'Moth'-style storytelling challenge, or a slam poetry hour. Or a reading inspired by the location you choose, or an homage to a queer writer that you admire. Be creative and imaginative!
If your proposal is accepted, you will be paired with a LitFest Community Ambassador and your event will be posted on the Lambda LitFest webpage, with links on social media. Lambda Literary LitFest LA '18 can also provide you with a letter on Lambda letterhead to use when getting permission from venues, confirming that your event is part of LitFest LA '18.
As a community curator, please note the following when submitting a proposal for a Week of LitFest:
· Event Description - Please be as detailed as possible and include names of participating authors, readers, workshop leaders, etc. Participants’ commitments and contact information required.
· Location – Although not required, we encourage proposals in locations* significant to LA’s LGBTQ and literary history as well as locations near public transportation. Accepted proposals will be paired with a Lambda LitFest LA Community Ambassador who can provide advice and answer questions; however, community curators are ultimately responsible for securing a venue for their proposed event. See below for examples of past LitFest locations and locations related to LGBTQ and literary history in Los Angeles
· Accessibility Statement – LitFest LA seeks programming that is original, unique, thoughtful, and places value on accessibility and diversity. The festival welcomes and encourages events that reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and geographic diversity of Los Angeles. The festival also seeks programming that reaches out to youth and the dis/abled community. This year all events that are selected will be asked to have an accessibility statement in order to help the community better plan for the festival. Topics such as transportation options (public transit, parking), physical accessibility (ramps, handicap and gender neutral restrooms, stairs, scent-free), emotional accessibility (size of room, capacity, smoking/non-smoking, does the space have alcohol), and overall community accessibility (who runs the space and where is the space situated in LA) should be considered when submitting a proposal.
· Date & Time – Week of LitFest events will take place between Sunday, September 30, 2018 and Friday, October 5, 2018 and should last approximately 1–1 1/2 hours. While some events may run longer, please be respectful of attendees’ time as some may be planning on attending multiple events per day.
Further Event Proposal guidelines:
* Historical locations might include events held at existing venues (examples - ONE Archives, Wall Las Memorias, Mattachine Steps, June Mazer Lesbian Archives, MCC Church, Tom of Finland House) or at/near historical landmarks that no longer exists (examples - A Different Light, Jewel’s Catch One, Sisterhood Bookstore, The Women’s Building, etc.)
* The following venues have hosted previous Lambda LitFest LA events and may be open to doing so again: Pieter, Stories Bookstore, Black Cat, Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, Otis College of Art and Design, Poetic Research Bureau, West Hollywood Library Community Room, Studio C Artists, Avenue 50 Studio, Chinese American Museum, Muse Winebar & Bookstore, Chevalier's Bookstore, Beyond Baroque, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, The Abbey, Book Show, Book Soup, Skylight Books, and Akbar
PLEASE NOTE: Lambda Literary LitFest LA '18 will not accept commercial proposals designed to sell a product or service.