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.
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.
OUTWRITE CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
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
Our 2022 festival journal will be published soon! This year’s theme is “Pandemic as Portal”.
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:
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:
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.
We released our first festival journal and tote bag in 2018.