Submissions Call for Outcast Magazine: ‘I am Zainab’ – Stories of abuse within the LGBT community. Deadline 30 April 2018

Press release from Outcast Magazine:


Submissions Open For Short Story Contest

Send in your entries for Outcast’s first ever print anthology themed ‘I am Zainab’ soliciting stories about abuse within the LGBT community.

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 kinds of stories are we looking for?

For this anthology we are looking for stories that highlight a certain evil in our society that often gets overlooked because of the taboo surrounding it i.e. child abuse. This is an issue unbound by race, country, caste, gender or sexual orientation. It can be in the form of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse.

The theme is inspired by the recent social issues being highlighted by a young girl’s case in Pakistan.

We want you to talk about members of the lgbtq+ community and shine the light on certain things:

Risk factors, prevention, stigma, bias and discrimination, social and cultural taboos, anything else you think fits the theme.

How to submit?

Send in 1 ORIGINAL and UNPUBLISHED (this includes your own blogs, websites, etc) short story 4,000 – 6,000 words long.

Email your entries to with the subject line “Short Story Competition 2018”


Stories that are selected will be published in our print anthology.

Authors will be provided with a certificate and one free copy if their story is published in the print anthology.

What else?

Please include a 50-word or less third-person bio in your cover letter and if you want 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.

Other Details

Submissions are FREE.

There is no age or country restriction, however, we do offer first priority to authors from the South-Asian region.

The decision of the judges will be final.

The date of the results will be announced later. The results will be announced on our Facebook page as well as our website


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‘I write to tell you that
the walls of my bones
are made of contention and
I am always situated between desires’