Submit Your Story

We can’t wait to hear your story! But first, some business to attend to. Our priority is to deliver impactful, authentic stories, which means we want to leave you with as much flexibility as possible to tell your story your way. We also want to deliver content that is consistent with our goals and easily-digested by our readers. With this in mind, we have the following guidelines:

Aim for 700 words or less. Anything significantly longer will need to abridged. This is the hard part. Your story is personal and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the exact details as we relive these very important moments of our lives, but your story will only help others if they bother to read it – all of it. This brings us to the next guideline.

Be targeted. Your audience might be the entire internet, but that doesn’t mean you should write to everyone out there. The goal of sharing your story is to write it in a way that makes it relatable to someone else who might be in a similar position now. Think of it like writing your story to a younger version of yourself.

Tell the truth. This is important for a lot of reasons. We don’t want to shame other people in your story. We also don’t want to sugar-coat the realities of what can sometimes be an extremely challenging experience. Tell your story your way, but be authentic.

Use the tags. The website is designed to make content easy to filter. Just type in the word or phrase you want to tag then hit Enter. No need to include hashtags.

Help Others Find You. The search function of the website will scan your story for keywords. Are you writing about how living in a certain place impacted your experience? Writing about the role religion played in your life? Be sure to use those words in your story so others will find it.

Submit a Story

  • Please enter your name.
  • Enter your age range
  • In your own words, describe your gender identity.
  • Please enter your location. e.g. Toronto, Ontario or Los Angeles, California
  • Enter the title of your story or a highlight quote from your story.
  • Type a word or phrase, then press Enter. No need for hashtags.
  • User Agreement

    By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

    You grant to Coming Out a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, publicly display or perform, publish, modify (including creating derivative works), reproduce, sublicense, and distribute, including without limitation on the Coming Out platform, all or any part of your story.

    Your story may be used by Coming Out and its licensees worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation. Your story may be edited for length, clarity and our own editorial guidelines.

    You represent and warrant that you are the sole owner of all the rights to the story and have the authority to grant the rights herein without restriction, that the story is your original work, and that the story does not infringe or violate any copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any third party, or contain any matter that is libellous or otherwise in contravention of the law.

    Children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's written permission to submit their material and such permission must accompany the material or it will not be considered.

    We will not publish your contact information, and you are welcome to submit your story anonymously, or with limited personal information (for example, just a first name). Your email address will be used to verify any requests to have your story removed in the future.

    I acknowledge that I have read the terms of this license prior to its execution, am fully familiar with and understand its contents, and agree to its terms knowingly and voluntarily. This license shall be binding upon me, my heirs, representatives, successors, and assigns. This license shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.