ImageOut’s LGBTQ+ Literary Journal

ImageOut invites LGBTQ+ and allied authors to submit their original literary works to be considered for publication in the 10th edition of the ImageOutWrite literary journal. Join the legacy of published ImageOutWrite authors, including Georgia Beers, Bryan Borland, Jeff Mann, Jameson Currier, Tony Leuzzi, and more. ImageOutWrite Volume 10 will be published during this year’s 31st Annual ImageOut Fall Film Festival (October 5-15, 2023).


  • There is no entry fee.
  • All work must be original and unpublished.
  • Submissions should seek to capture some aspect of LGBTQ+ lives.
  • Prose Limit: 8,000 words.
  • Poetry Limit: 3 poems/500 total words.


  • Submissions due: June 15, 2023
  • Electronic submissions only (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt) in 12 pt, double-spaced font
  • Submissions must include cover sheet with author’s name, street address, email, title of submission, and author bio (50 words max)
  • Rights revert to author after publication.
  • Email submissions to:

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Submission Deadline: June 15, 2023
  • Authors Selected & Notified: August 1, 2023
  • Authors Confirm Participation: August 15, 2023
  • Publication/Release: October 5-15, 2023


Published 2019

ImageOutWrite Volume 8 showcases the power of personal perspectives, offering the reader vivid glimpses of experiences both lived and imagined. The authors represent a broad array of LGBTQ+ and allied voices within Western New York and around the world, and their works are by turns passionate, inspiring, hilarious, disturbing, and soulful.


Published 2018

ImageOutWrite Volume 7 presents 31 LGBTQ and allied authors whose prose and poetry will transport you through LGBTQ perspectives that span the past, present, and future, as well as the realm of pure fantasy. It also provides vivid glimpses of the trans experience through the eyes of parents, spouses, those who transition, and those who dream of doing so.

As varied and vibrant as the LGBTQ community itself, this volume reverberates with shared humanity. Whether you’re out and proud, exploring your identity, or newly allied, this collection will leave you feeling unequivocally that you’re not alone.


Published 2017

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Published 2016

ImageOutWrite Volume 5 presents 28 LGBTQ+ and allied authors. They are the talent behind the talent, the biographers of our time, whose passionate ideas weave the fabric of our stories into written word. From the crab apple trials of youth through the back-stage tribulations in Camelot to the conditional triumphs of unconditional love and much more, this collection will stay with you long after the last page is read.


Published 2015

ImageOut is proud to celebrate our 2015 issue of ImageOutWrite! Volume Four, celebrates the writing of LGBTQ and allied writers. This edition showcases high quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that engages the reader with the diverse voices of local New York poets and writers collection will stay with you long after the last page is read.


Published 2014

In ImageOutWrite’s third volume, Personal Pronouns, writers use contemporary poetry and prose to examine the themes of identity and gender.


Published 2013

In this special second volume of ImageOutWrite, twelve contemporary writers examine the topic of marriage equality and LGBTQ+ themes.


Published 2012

This special collection of poetry and short fiction by 23 contemporary writers celebrates ImageOut’s 20th Anniversary. From concepts as diverse as a little boy pope, whose papal throne is constructed of mayapple blossoms, to a little girl angel, whose hair exposes a town’s ugly secret, this collection provides glimpses into the shared experiences and creative musings of the wordsmiths among us.

Reading their poems and prose, you’ll be reminded why, in addition to the actor, the director, the crew and the producer, it is first the writer that has attracted us to ImageOut again and again over the last 20 years. And it is the writer who will bear witness to our collective culture into the years to come.