Submission Guidelines

Submissions Closed

Please wait for our upcoming short story contest to be announced.

Outcast looks for literary works that challenge the norm and break boundaries. We want thoughtful, inspiring and daring queer work.

Outcast publishes queer folk and anyone interested in queer literature and art. We enjoy cross-genre, intersectional, marginal and transgressive work.

What to submit?

Prose: 1 short story, original and unpublished, maximum 5,000 words.

Poetry: Upto 5 poems (in one file), original and unpublished, no limit on number of lines.

Art: Upto 5 pieces with a 50 to 100 word caption.

How to submit?

Email your entries to with the subject line “Volume [1] [Prose/Poetry/Art] Submission” — For example: Volume 1 Poetry Submission.

What else?

Please include a 50-word or less third-person bio in your cover letter and tell us a little about what inspired you to create your piece. The cover letter should be the body of your email.

Please ONLY submit your work in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) documents attached with the email. We will NOT consider submissions sent any other format. Please also include the submission title and author’s name in the filename such as: John Doe - My Story.

Style Guidelines

The title page of your document should hold the title of the piece, the name of the author and the email address of the author.

The document should be 12pt Times New Roman. Please do not add any headers or footers.