Call for Submissions from Adults for Grayscale: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth

                     DEADLINE: APRIL 7, 2018


Blackbird Arts is seeking first-person, hand-written narratives for a spring exhibition of Grayscale. We are looking for LGBTQ+ adults 18-100+ years to write “Letters to My Younger Self” that explore one’s experience as an LGBTQ+ youth. Now that you are an adult, what do you wish your younger self had understood/ known/experienced? Some questions to consider when writing the letter:

1)   What was your experience coming of age as you became more aware of your identity and/or orientation?

2)   What is your coming out story (if you have one)?

3)   How have your friends/family shaped your identity and/or orientation?

4)   What events are memorable/are there any you’d like to change?

Please include one photograph that captures something about you. This may be a portrait, a place, or an object. Photos will be displayed with the letters. Photo size limit is 8x10. Suggested letter size is one page.

These submissions will be mounted and displayed as part of the Grayscale exhibition at Blackbird Arts as well as in the community. Your entry can be named or anonymous, but we ask that you please list your current age at the bottom of the letter. Photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed envelope.

Please send to:

Blackbird Arts

1485 Barlow St

Traverse City, MI  49686

(include an email contact, if possible)

For questions, please contact or call (231) 421-8085.