ReadOut Submission Guidelines

Lesbian Voices Persist and Prevail

Call for Submissions
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Be a part of the LGBTQ Resource Center’s ReadOut 2021 a ZOOM event you can join from anywhere

Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Community is important in the time of COVID-19. We need to see and hear each other, far beyond Gulfport, FL where the LGBTQ Resource Center has held ReadOut in the Library for the past three years.

Leading lesbian authors Sally Bellerose, Elana Dykewomon, Sheree Greer, Sue Katz, Rose Norman, Jean Redmann, Susan Stinson, and others already are committed to create 90-minute interactive virtual sessions in this unique hybrid event of interactive and prerecorded readings. We are committed to involving a wide array of voices, including those belonging to lesbians of color and varied ethnic groups and religious/spiritual backgrounds.

Authors of all genres who write BY, FOR and/or ABOUT LESBIANS are invited to submit a five- to seven-minute edited recording of a reading of original work from a full-length published book of yours that you want to be considered as part of a prerecorded segment in this Zoom event. Book chapters, poems or writings published in other books, collections and chapbooks do not qualify.

Criteria for inclusion are:

Submissions must be MP4 compatible and include the source citation. You may provide a link to allow ReadOut participants to contact you or buy your work, but the reading may not contain a “sales pitch.”  A sample submission and a tutorial will be available soon to illustrate what is needed. If you are unclear about how to create an MP4 video for submission, technical help is available at the Submission Help Page or contact You may address additional questions to 

If accepted, your prerecorded submission will be combined with others into themed one-hour segments. Please identify the theme of your work along with your contact information with your submission.

Organizers will make every effort to place segments in the author-identified themed sessions, however, we reserve the right to place your segment in any session that is considered appropriate. Authors will retain the copyright to their work, granting the LGBTQ Resource Center the right to post their video online and to use or refer to it in Resource Center print and online publications. 

This is ReadOut’s fourth year and its first as a virtual event. The interactive sessions will be interspersed with prerecorded segments. Chat rooms will be provided for conversations among participants between sessions. In addition, lesbian musicians, spoken word artists, and comics will provide entertainment during 30-minute breaks between sessions. Sessions will be archived for future access at the LGBTQ Resource Center website. 

We hope you will take part in this special event, as a reader and audience participant, demonstrating how Lesbian Voices Persist and Prevail in these transformative times.

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The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport, Florida Library is an award-winning 501(c)3 membership organization that is committed to promoting awareness of the diversity of experiences, contributions and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. Learn more at