We are a magazine that showcases compelling, accessible, and culturally relevant work--anything the mainstream is ignoring we are likely into. We seek to offer an authentic reflection of the contemporary, and most importantly, to uplift marginalized peoples in a fascinating and brutally honest way. Bring us your pain, your strength, your passion.


Starting with Volume 10, payment to contributors is based on profits from Patreon subscriptions as well as a tip option where readers can tip their favorite writers/creatives. 

We now offer EXPEDITED RESPONSES ($5) to where you can hear back in 2 weeks versus our 3-4 month response time. 

Not ready to submit? We offer year round critique services for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction where a senior editor will review your piece and provide you with in-depth feedback on how to improve it before submitting. 


Things to Note: 

​Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums. All published works may be considered for our annually printed anthology, Pushcart nominations, and Best of the Net. ​

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must ask that you withdraw your piece AS SOON AS YOU ARE MADE AWARE OF THE PIECE BEING ACCEPTED ELSEWHERE.  

​FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REJECTION​. 

It's a sad day when we have to create a special submission call to raise awareness about how teens are being negatively affected by the book bans that are sweeping the nation. We are watching as teens everywhere are losing access to books that discuss marginalized identities, including LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and many more. 

Banning books is a form of erasure and censorship. But, teens are stronger than ever and they are ready to fight back. We must pave the way for a future that is inclusive and embraces all identities so that today's youth and future generations have equal access to material that speaks to their specific experiences.  

This special submission call is specifically meant for teens, ages 13 - 18 years of age. We're looking for personal essays, short stories, or poems about how the book bans are negatively affecting you in any way, shape, or form you want to highlight your experience. 

*Please note that those younger than 18 will need to sign a parental consent form* 


Submission Timeline: May 1st - Until 50 submissions are received. Once we hit 50 subs, this call will close and we will create a print anthology book. Pieces will be accepted in the interim and will appear on an online showcase on our website. 


Guidelines: 

Personal Essays / Short Stories - 4,000 word maximum 

Poetry - Submit UP to 3 poems

Art/Photography - Submit UP to 3 pieces. We are choosing ONE piece to be the cover art for this specific volume so please make sure it aligns with the special submission call. 

ANATOMY: a special issue dedicated to our bodies.

"the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts."

"a study of the structure or internal workings of something."


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding.


NOW ACCEPTING PROSE SUBMISSIONS FOR ANATOMY
Submission Window Closes July 31st

What We’re Looking For
We are extremely interested to see how writers interpret our ANATOMY prompt. From body horror, to dissections of what makes us human, and so much more, we expect to receive quality submissions for this sub call! We’re looking for work that makes us see the world differently afterward. We especially want to hear from those in marginalized, underrepresented communities in order to give them a platform to share their works. We want to feel, to question, to experience the lives of those who have a unique story to tell. Awaken us with your weird, fantastical, genre-bending, haunting, and downright excellent storytelling. We want works that make us think, feel, and want more. There are no rules here, just give us your very best.

Those chosen will have their pieces published online and in print as well as receive payment. Payment varies based on our Patreon subscriptions. Volume 10 contributors received $8.50/person, and we expect that number to increase for this summer volume. 


Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding. 

ANATOMY: a special issue dedicated to our bodies.

"the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts."

"a study of the structure or internal workings of something."


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding.


NOW ACCEPTING POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR ANATOMY  

Submission Window Closes July 31st

What We’re Looking For

We are extremely interested to see how writers interpret our ANATOMY prompt. From body horror, to dissections of what makes us human, and so much more, we expect to receive quality submissions for this sub call! We’re looking for work that makes us see the world differently afterward. We especially want to hear from those in marginalized, underrepresented communities in order to give them a platform to share their works. We want to feel, to question, to experience the lives of those who have a unique story to tell. Awaken us with your weird, fantastical, genre-bending, haunting, and downright excellent storytelling. We want works that make us think, feel, and want more. There are no rules here, just give us your very best.

Those chosen will have their pieces published online and in print as well as receive payment. Payment varies based on our Patreon subscriptions. Volume 10 contributors received $8.50/person, and we expect that number to increase for this summer volume.

Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.


NOW ACCEPTING POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10
Submission Window Closes July 31st

  • up to 4 poems not exceeding 10 pages
  • 12pt Times New Roman font, doc., docx., or pdf.
  • We are interested in all types of poetry, so please send whatever you feel is your best.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately when a piece from your submission is accepted elsewhere.


​Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding.

ANATOMY: a special issue dedicated to our bodies.

"the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts."

"a study of the structure or internal workings of something."

NOW ACCEPTING PROSE SUBMISSIONS FOR ANATOMY  

Submission Window Closes July 31st

What We’re Looking For

We are extremely interested to see how writers interpret our ANATOMY prompt. From body horror, to dissections of what makes us human, and so much more, we expect to receive quality submissions for this sub call! We’re looking for work that makes us see the world differently afterward. We especially want to hear from those in marginalized, underrepresented communities in order to give them a platform to share their works. We want to feel, to question, to experience the lives of those who have a unique story to tell. Awaken us with your weird, fantastical, genre-bending, haunting, and downright excellent storytelling. We want works that make us think, feel, and want more. There are no rules here, just give us your very best.

Those chosen will have their pieces published online and in print as well as receive payment. Payment varies based on our Patreon subscriptions. Volume 10 contributors received $8.50/person, and we expect that number to increase for this summer volume.

Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.

NOW ACCEPTING CREATIVE NONFICTION SUBMISSIONS FOR ANATOMY
Subs Close July 31st

What We’re Looking For 

We’re looking for work that makes us see the world differently afterward. We especially want to hear from those in marginalized, underrepresented communities in order to give them a platform to share their works. We want to feel, to question, to experience the lives of those who have a unique story to tell. Awaken us with your weird, fantastical, genre-bending, disturbing, and downright excellent storytelling. There are no rules here, just give us your very best.


Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding.

ANATOMY: a special issue dedicated to our bodies.

"the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts."

"a study of the structure or internal workings of something."

NOW ACCEPTING ART and PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSIONS FOR ANATOMY  

Submission Window Closes July 31st

What We’re Looking For

We are extremely interested to see how artists interpret our ANATOMY prompt. From body horror, to dissections of what makes us human, and so much more, we expect to receive quality submissions for this sub call! We’re looking for work that makes us see the world differently afterward. We especially want to hear from those in marginalized, underrepresented communities in order to give them a platform to share their works. We want to feel, to question, to experience the lives of those who have a unique story to tell. Awaken us with your weird, fantastical, genre-bending, haunting, and downright excellent storytelling. We want works that make us think, feel, and want more. There are no rules here, just give us your very best.

Those chosen will have their pieces published online and in print as well as receive payment. Payment varies based on our Patreon subscriptions. Volume 10 contributors received $8.50/person, and we expect that number to increase for this summer volume.

Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology, Best of the Net, and Pushcart nominations.


NOW ACCEPTING ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, and SHORT FILMS SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10
Subs Close July 31st
ART, PHOTOGRAPHY

  • ​Please utilize JPEG with a minimum resolution of 300 PSI via attachment.
  • 5 piece maximum per entry. 

​Please note that Defunkt Magazine requires First Serial Rights on all submissions /all mediums and that all published works will be considered for inclusion in our annually printed anthology. All visual art submissions are also considered for the COVER of the volume and as such would be utilized in the promotion of the volume, by submitting you agree to this. 

PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. If your piece is rejected, please wait until our next reading period to submit again. Thank you for your understanding.

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