Submit to Backwords
We are currently collecting submissions for Backwords 2017! If you have any poems, short stories, drawings, collages or any other art that you would like to share, please email them to: insideoutamy[@]gmail.com
Please submit all visual art as .jpg or .tiff, at 300dpi or greater. Visual art will be published in full color online but will appear in black and white in the print edition.
Backwords is the official zine of iNSIDEoUT. It showcases poetry, prose and visual art by LGBTIQ youth and allies from across the Triangle. Many featured pieces deal with the issues surrounding sexuality and gender, but submissions are not limited to those themes. Young artists and writers of all ability levels are encouraged to submit their works. In addition to our website, print copies of Backwords are distributed each Spring to North Carolina schools, libraries, coffee shops and anywhere else you want. Backwords is archived at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Libraries and the Durham Public Library.
My body is a foreign object
that does not belong to me
I want to break free
from this foreign object
but I can’t
so I fight every day
for people to see me as me
The zine was one of iNSIDEoUT’s earliest projects and has become an annual staple. The first issue of Backwords went to press in the spring of 2007 and was a collaborative effort between the iNSIDEoUT youth board and the editors of UNC Chapel Hill’s LGBT student publication, LAMBDA. Over it’s nearly decade long existence, Backwords has obtained sponsorship from local ACLU and PFLAG chapters as well as other nonprofits and businesses in the Triangle.