Volume 3 : Once upon a time

Submissions Open

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

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

About the theme
~ Once upon a time ~

Once upon a time there was a writer who wanted to share their magic with the entire world…

This issue’s theme is Once upon a time. We want you to weave your imagination with magic and fantasy. Tell us a story about a land far away that existed once upon a time, tell us about a knight on their journey or a goblin fighting mermaids. What you can do with this theme is only limited by your imagination. 

The best thing about being once upon a time is that this place or time is not bound by the rules of our society. Feel free to make your rules and break the norms. Take the fate of your characters into your own hands and walk us into your world.

We expect you to delight us with mystery, charm us with wit, break our hearts and put them back together. 

We all imagine fantasy worlds, but what is your world made of?

What to Submit

Short Stories


1 original and unpublished story of upto 5000 words based on the theme.



Up to 5 poems, no limit on the word/line count based on the theme.



Up to 5 pieces on the theme, along with a caption for the piece.

Other Details

Deadline: 5th February

How to Submit?

Send in your pieces at submissions@outcastmag.com with the subject
“Volume 3 – Once Upon a Time [Poetry/Prose/Artwork]”
along with the contributor’s bio and picture.

Please ensure that all submissions are your own original and unpublished work.

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


We respect that some of our writers may not wish to share their works under their own names. In this case, we welcome you to submit your work under a pen name.

Outcast takes the security and privacy of our writers very seriously.