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Past OutWrite Events

OutWrite has been pleased to host a number of festivals and competitions over the years. Learn more about our past events below.


OutWrite 2022 will be held August 5-7, 2022! Stay tuned for the festival schedule.

info about Outwrite 2022 Chapbook Contest

Submit to our 4th Chapbook Competition

Our fourth chapbook competition is open for submissions! Submit your chapbook here by May 15. No fee.

Light blue background with a typewriter graphic on the left with paper trailing out of it. Headline: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Text: This year's OutWrite festival journal theme is "Pandemic as Portal". We're seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. No fee. Word count: 1500 words for fiction, up to 3 poems, no more than 6 pages total. $150 honorariums. Submit: bit.ly/outwrite2022journal. Rainbow logos for OutWrite and The DC Center.

Submit to the 2022 Festival Journal

Our 2022 festival journal is now open for submissions. This year’s theme is “Pandemic as Portal”. No fee and $150 honorariums are offered to accepted contributors.

OutWrite is Hiring our Next Chairperson

Apply to become the next Chairperson of OutWrite. Lead an amazing literary festival into the future! OutWrite DC has celebrated LGBTQ+ literature, authors, and readers since 2011.


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 our events.

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.

Learn more about the 2020 OutWrite Chapbook Competition here. Read more about the winners here.


Learn more about the 2019 OutWrite Chapbook Competition here.


You can get a copy of our first festival journal and our 2018 tote bag here.


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.  More details here.


In 2016, we presented the Deacon Maccubbin Young Writer Awards, made possible by DC Front Runners Pride Run, to three young writers. You can read more about the awards here.