Coming Out Anthology: True Stories of Journey’s From the LGBTQ+ Community.

I am an indie author calling all LGBTQ+ writers and readers for submissions of short stories, prose or poetry. I am not well known or famous, I just hope to create an amazing and wonderful project that can be shared and enjoyed by all. I hope you will consider being a part of this.

This is an anthology project for all LGBTQ+ community members.

In loving memory of Laneea Cherry Varina Marie Louise Mae Anderson June 14, 1948 – March 26, 2011. A kind, nurturing soul to all who knew her. 

You can read about who Laneea was, the portion of my life experience with her coming out and the reasons I want to do this here. I want to do right by memorializing Laneea without offending anyone. Views, opinions and supports of the community have come a long way over the years. She will never get to see it but it doesn’t mean her memory cannot be a part of it.

The theme for this anthology is Coming Out. True stories of sharing your sexuality with the ones you love. How you felt, how people reacted, struggles or supports. This is your story and I encourage you to tell it the way you wish.

Submission Rules and Regulations 

You must self identify within the LGBTQ+ community. 

The anthology will be produced in paperback only.

I ask stories are no more than 2500 words in length; please do not send anything longer than this.

Word count and layout

Please ensure it is:
• 12 point
• Single spaced
• Times Roman 
• Ensure your piece is polished for print

How much I pay and entry fees

There is no entry fee. 
I will not be able to pay contributors this is a non profit project.
Proceeds from each paperback sale will be donated to an LGBTQ+ non profit organization (TBD). I am currently reaching out to my local non profit LGBTQ+ community to be able to donate the proceeds. I want to find the perfect fit to make the biggest difference, if you have suggestions please reach out.

Contributors will receive two complimentary paperback copies. 

Deadlines and when to submit

It is open now for submissions. 
Deadline is November 30, 2020.
Publication set for March 26, 2021.

International submissions and translations

I accept short story, prose and poetry submissions from English-speaking authors. (If submitting a translation, please make a note at the end of who is making the submission, and who owns the rights to both the story and the translation.)

File formats

Please submit your short story, prose or poetry by copy and paste into the story field. 

Rights and Royalty

I ask for the right to keep and distribute the story in print as part of the anthology. I will not ask for first rights, website or online rights, or place any limits on what you can do with your story. I ask for the right to publish quoted portions of the story for marketing and advertising purposes to my publicly viewed profiles.

No royalty will be paid to any contributor as proceeds will be donated to an LGBTQ+ community non profit organization (TBD). 

Multiple and simultaneous submissions

Please don’t send more than one and please submit through the online form.

Contracts, Production and Marketing Costs

Should your piece be chosen for publication a simple contract laying out these Rules and Regulations will be sent via email to be signed and returned. 

Any and all editing, marketing, print and design costs will be covered by myself alone. You will not be required to contribute any monetary value to this project. 

I have partnered with an amazing editor whom I have previously worked with on another project that we are finishing up.

Nicholas Taylor from Just Write Right

Editor | Proofreader | Writer



Mobile: +44 (0)7908 955 144


Questions? Concerns? Want to be a Judge of Entries? Reach Out. I am also seeking members of the LGBTQ+ community to help determine which entries will be published. If you would like to volunteer and support this project please reach out.


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