Submission FAQs

1. What is OUTsider?

OUTsider is a multi-arts LGBTQIA festival and conference based in Austin that celebrates the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQI and Ally communities through the presentation of provocative, overlooked and out-of-the-box film, theater, music, writing, performance art, visual art and scholarship. Through its annual festival and conference, OUTsider will bring together queer artists, audiences and scholars from around the globe to exchange ideas, ignite conversations, transcend boundaries and experience new pleasures through artistic discovery.

2. What makes OUTsider unique?

OUTsider breaks the traditional one-medium festival model through a multi-arts experience that bridges disciplines in order to activate the full power and brilliance of LGBTQIA creation and community. OUTsider also rejects the common separation of artistic practice and appreciation through an intertwined festival and conference that encourages generative interactions between artists, scholars and the general public.

3. What type of work are you looking for?

We accept work in any art form. We also accept art-related conference panels and presentations (especially those that venture beyond typical conference presentation formats). On the whole, we look for innovative art and scholarship that conveys the richness and diversity of queer experiences and that will allow for new audience experiences. Of special interest is work that is: cross-disciplinary, encourages cross-disciplinary exchange and/or reflects an outsider sensibility.

4. What do you mean by an “outsider sensibility”?

Outsider is the overlooked, the undervalued, the marginalized, the oddball, the misfit. Outsider exists in tension with the “normal” and/or challenges the status quo. OUTsider (the festival) embraces the collective power of the term “outsider.” As such, we actively welcome work that builds upon notions of queer outsiderness and/or makes connections to other forms of marginalization, including those related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, size, nationality and generation.

5. Why should I submit to/attend OUTsider?

As a multi-arts festival that also includes a conference, OUTsider is a festival experience like no other and will offer artists the exciting opportunity to interact and collaborate with other LGBTQIA artists and scholars inside and outside of their own field, as well as to bring their work to wider attention, leading to new possibilities for engagement.

6. If I submit to OUTsider, should I plan on attending?

Yes! OUTsider is intended to be a space of active participation and exchange between artists, academics and the general public. As such, it is rare that we will program the work of an individual who does not plan to attend.

7. How much does it cost to submit?

It’s FREE! We don’t believe in charging submission fees.

8. What’s the review process?

Your submission will be carefully reviewed and, based on a number of factors, we will decide if it’s a good fit for this year’s festival. If we require additional information/materials, we will be in touch by the end of September. Final decisions will be made by the end of November.

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