Are you LGBTQIA? Do you have a coming-out story? We want your story!

Or are you LGBTQIA and not out? We want your story too!

Out of Limbo publishes the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, intersex and asexual people — whether out of limbo, or thinking about how to get there.

What we’re looking for:
  • Your coming-out story. Tell us all about it: what happened, how it felt, what it meant. Tell it how you want to tell it. It could be in the form of creative non-fiction, an essay, a poem, a prose poem, or anything else that suits your story, including hybrid forms.
  • Your not-coming-out story. How/when did you know you were LGBTQI? Why have you decided not to come out? How does that affect your life? Or whatever else it’s important for you to write about.
  • We welcome previously unpublished works by emerging and experienced writers from anywhere in the world.
  • We’re looking for work that goes to the heart of the matter; makes us think; makes us feel.
  • We want well-crafted work — the better the quality of your work, the higher the chance your piece will be selected.
  • Please note the word limits: creative non-fiction and other prose forms, up to 1500 words; poetry, up to 60 lines.
  • Submit one prose piece or up to three poems on Submittable.
  • As always for Verity La, be brave in the telling. But feel free to submit anonymously, or under an alias.

For examples of work published on Out of Limbo, see our Vault. 

We accept submissions during the months of March and September.

Submit your work via Submittable.

Project Editor: Tricia Dearborn

Tricia Dearborn has published three collections of poetry: Autobiochemistry, The Ringing World, and Frankenstein’s Bathtub. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and is represented in significant anthologies including Contemporary Australian Poetry, The Best Australian Poems, Australian Poetry since 1788 and Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets. This year, she is a judge of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. She is on the editorial board of Plumwood Mountain, and was a guest poetry editor in 2016. Tricia has been an invited reader and panellist at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Ideas and the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, among other literary events. Her awards include four Australia Council grants and a Residential Fellowship at Varuna, the Writers’ House. She has degrees in chemistry/biochemistry and arts, and works as a freelance editor, specialising in autobiography and memoir. She has an IPSI (International Poetry Studies Institute) chapbook coming out later in 2019. Find her on Twitter @TriciaDearborn and on Facebook.