Get your stories of abuse within the LGBT community published!

Outcast is looking for literary works that challenge the norm and break boundaries for their forthcoming anthology. They are looking for thoughtful, inspiring and daring queer work.

For this anthology they are looking for stories that highlight a certain evil in 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 for this new book is inspired by the recent social issues being highlighted by a young girl’s case in Pakistan.

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Send in 1 ORIGINAL and UNPUBLISHED (this includes your own blogs, websites, etc) short story 4,000 – 6,000 words long.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

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was set up in 2012 to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world. We believe that well-told stories can help people make sense of events, engage with others and take action to bring about change.

For news of more opportunities from around the world, follow Commonwealth Writers on twitter (@cwwriters) and like them on Facebook.

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