Look at me. Listen to me. This is who I am.

Out of Limbo publishes the ‘coming out’ stories of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Intersex and Bisexual (GLTIB) individuals, as well as the ‘secret stories’ of those people who haven’t yet come out but want to do so.

From Out of Limbo Project Editor Callie Doyle-Scott:

“For GLTIB individuals, the realisation of their sexuality, and the moment they reveal that realisation to someone else, are two of the most important moments of their lives. For many of us, this act of ‘coming out’ can define who we are, how our family and friends see us, and how we live our lives from that moment on. But in my experience this transition isn’t widely recognised for being as important as it actually is. Instead, despite the many advances that have been made towards a tolerant society, people like us are still subject to levels of hatred that are bewildering in their intensity. Being Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Intersex or Bisexual isn’t a lifestyle choice, a sickness, dishonourable, or immoral. It’s who we are. The moment we reveal that self to the rest of the world can be the most exhilarating and frightening experience of our lives. These stories deserve to be told.”

What we’re looking for:
  • Unpublished short stories of up to 2000 words, based on, or telling the story of your own ‘coming out’.
  • The ‘secret stories’ of GLTIB people who haven’t yet come out, but who want to do so, that tell us why they have decided to remain silent. These could be anything from the first conversation you had with your family about your sexuality, to the moment you first realised the truth about your own sexuality. Be creative, be brave, and above all be true to your own thoughts and feelings.
  • We want well-crafted stories; the better the quality of your writing, the higher the chance that your story will be selected.
  • If you wish, you can submit your story anonymously or under an alias.

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

We accept submissions during the months of February and August.

Submit your work via Submittable.

Project Editor: Callie Doyle-Scott

Image: Portrait of Callie Doyle ScottCallie Doyle-Scott was born in Tasmania in 1990, but has since travelled around Australia: she currently resides in Canberra. A graduate of RMIT University’s Creative Writing program in 2013, she never quite lost the study bug: her speciality is culinary history, specifically that of Victorian England and Japan throughout the ages. Callie started writing stories when she was ten (her first being about a cave that could turn people into animals) and was first published in Dickson College’s CLIO History Journal with two articles on Renaissance heroines Caterina Sforza and Lucrezia Borgia.

While studying, she went on to found and edit Verity La’s Out of Limbo project (an online archive devoted to the coming-out stories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex individuals) and participate in Bryce Courtney’s final writing masterclass in 2012. Since then, she has written articles for the Verity La and Writer’s Bloc web journals, and hopes to establish a wider portfolio over the coming months. She is currently working to finish the draft of her first novel, a gastronomic fantasy entitled Soup for the Moon, with the hopes of approaching a publisher by the end of 2017.