As LGBTQ+ folks living in 2017, we can often feel like we’re sitting on the margins.

I Don’t Do Boxes, an independent magazine for and by queer youth is seeking submissions for our fifth issue: #OUTlaws.

We’re looking for stories, images, videos, poems, art of all sorts, etc., exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in the Southeast and beyond.

Submission Deadline Extension: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

This issue will be published on December 15th, 2017 with the guiding theme: #OUTlaws.



We ask that you boldly go back to experiences you’ve had with rejecting cultural norms. What is it like to deal with gender and sexuality, connections with church and state, issues of accessibility due to political infighting, and critically think about strategies for organizing community to move against laws that further oppress our people?



Submission Guidelines

  • Anyone within the LGBTQ+ spectrum and all ages welcome.
  • Submit all works through the Google form
  • Text-based submissions are encouraged to be less than 1500 words
  • Media files should be 1-25 MB
  • Images should be in JPEG format, at least 200dpi, and at least 2000 pixels on the longest edge
  • For video work, please send a YouTube/Vimeo URL link
  • Submission Deadline Extension: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
  • Submit Release Form (PDF) to

Once you submit, the editorial team will place your piece in one of six departments

  1. Narratives + Histories
  2. Interviews + Investigations
  3. Style, Culture, + DIY
  4. Advice + Self Care
  5. Politics + Geography
  6. Miscellaneous either online or in print.

Please keep in mind that the mission of the zine is to center the needs and narratives of queer youth.

Yours Queerly,
I Don’t Do Boxes Editorial Team!

I Don’t Do Boxes is a project of QueerLab, a youth-led media project and forum for LGBTQ+ youth at Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro, NC. I Don’t Do Boxes is funded in part by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.