As LGBTQ+ folks living in 2016, our human experiences can often feel extraterrestrial.

I Don’t Do Boxes, an independent magazine for and by queer youth is seeking submissions for our fourth issue: #OUTerSpace. We’re looking for stories, images, videos, poems, art of all sorts, etc., exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in the Southeast and beyond. This issue will be published on December 9th with the guiding theme: #OUTerSpace.

We ask that you boldly go back to experiences you’ve had with spaces (personal space, interpersonal, social media, spiritual, religious, “headspace,” community, interplanetary). What is it like to deal with gender and sexuality, connections with safe spaces, issues of accessibility, and strategies for taking up space? We ask that you take one small step for zines and one giant leap for queerkind.


Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all works through the google form or send to
  • Text-based submissions are encouraged to be less than 1500 words
  • Media files should be 1-25 MB
  • For video work, please send a YouTube/Vimeo URL link
  • Submission deadline, November 1, 2016
  • Release Form (PDF)

Once you submit, the editorial team will place your piece in one of six departments [1.] Narratives + Histories (Guide to the Galaxies), [2.] Interviews + Investigations (Occupying Space), [3.] Style, Culture, + DIY (Life on Mars), [4.] Advice + Self Care (Personal Space), [5.] Politics + Geography (Meanwhile On Planet Earth… ), [6.] Miscellaneous (Infinity + Beyond) either online or in print.

Please keep in mind that the mission of the zine is to center the needs 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 party by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.