Past OutWrite Events

OutWrite has hosted a number of festivals and publication opportunities for emerging and established writers. Learn more about our past events below.

OutWrite is only possible with the dedication and support of our Chairs, Planning Committee, and a team of festival volunteers. Learn more about our team.


OutWrite, part of DC Center Arts, is Washington, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ+ literary festival. Events are free and open to the public.

Read about last year’s participating authors, view the schedule, and watch the recorded sessions online here!

OutWrite is made possible thanks to support from our sponsors, AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) and GILEAD, and grants from HumanitiesDC, National Book Foundation’s Literary Arts Emergency Fund, and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association’s SFWA Givers Fund.

Support this year’s participating authors by buying their books on our Bookshop page, hosted by Loyalty Books, and reading their work in Metro Weekly’s special OutWrite themed issue.


For the past four years, OutWrite has held a chapbook competition and Neon Hemlock Press has published the winners. Pre-order the winning chapbooks from our 4th Chapbook Competition:

Fiction: The End, as Seen from the Tip of the Indian Peninsula by M.L. Krishnan
judged by Brent Lambert

Nonfiction: A Study in Our Selves by Max Pasakorn
judged by Joseph Osmundson

Poetry: Shakespeares in the Ghetto by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola
judged by Saida Agostini

View the winners of our previous chapbook competitions.


Our 2022 festival journal will be published soon! This year’s theme is “Pandemic as Portal”.

View previous journals.


OutWrite 2021 was held August 6-8, 2021. The festival featured over 25 readings, panel discussions, and workshops and more than 80 LGBTQ authors from around the DMV and world. View recordings of the 2021 festival.


Purchase the winning chapbooks from our 3rd Chapbook Competition:

Fiction: Dancing in the Silver Lands by Mari Ness
judged by Darcie Little Badger

Nonfiction: For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer
judged by Chris Gonzalez

Poetry: Good Boi by Jason B. Crawford
judged by Dena Rod












For just a taste of OutWrite 2021, view below:


OutWrite 2020 was held July 31-August 2, 2020. View panels and readings from the virtual festival.

Purchase the winning chapbooks from our 2nd Chapbook Competition:

OutWrite 2020 chapbook competition winners published by Neon Hemlock Press

Fiction: When We’re Done Here by Paula Molina Acosta
judged by Rivers Solomon

Nonfiction: Cross Cutting by Charles Jensen
judged by Tyrese Coleman

Poetry: Strange Furniture by Lannie Stabile
judged by Faylita Hicks








Purchase the winning chapbooks from our first Chapbook Competition, held in 2019:

OutWrite 2019 chapbook competition winners published by Neon Hemlock Press

Fiction: The West & Everything Above by Brendan Williams-Childs
judged by JY Yang

Nonfiction: Heretic to Housewife by Rahne Alexander
judged by Kristen Arnett

Poetry: boy if by Carlito Espudo
judged by Wo Chan Fiction







Read OutWrite 2019 authors’ work in Metro Weekly’s special OutWrite themed issue.

OutWrite 2019: 10 Must-Read Excerpts from DC’s LGBTQ Literary Festival

View photos from OutWrite 2019.


We released our first festival journal and tote bag in 2018.


In 2017, OutWrite and Theatre Prometheus coordinated A Queer One Page Play Competition. See the finalists. Six plays were put on in conjunction with four directors on February 7th, 2018.


In 2016, OutWrite presented the Deacon Maccubbin Young Writer Awards to three young writers, made possible by DC Front Runners Pride Run.

View photos from OutWrite 2016.


View photos from OutWrite 2013.


View photos from OutWrite 2012.


View photos from OutWrite 2011 and OutWrite: Mark Our Words.