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​. 

We are considering fiction, hybrid, and poetry chapbooks. Two chapbooks will be selected, with the possibility of more depending.

​As always, we’re looking to uplift marginalized voices but are happy to read all submissions. We love genre-bending works, material on the human experience, really anything that makes us see the world differently afterwards.

Most mags will charge $12 -$25 chapbook reading fees. We are offering five different payment options instead of setting a set price. Writers can pay $6, $10, $15, $20, or a $25 reading fee. We understand that these are hard times, and so some writers may only be able to afford $6 while others may be able to contribute more. Pay what you can and what you are comfortable with. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit, so the proceeds will go towards ordering books, hiring an artist, and all other costs associated with publishing, so if you're able to donate more, we would really appreciate it as we often have to pay out of pocket to cover costs!


Fiction Chapbook Requirements:

- up to 40 pages

- Double-spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman or Garamond.

- Include a cover sheet, acknowledgements, and table of contents (these don't count towards page count)

The cover sheet should include your name, address, and contact information (e-mail).

The acknowledgments needs to contain the list of journals or magazines who have published any of the pieces in the chapbook.

We are a small press so publication is a one-time print run of 50 chapbooks. If you are hoping for something more long-term, we suggest submitting elsewhere. 


The chosen chapbooks will receive the following:​

  • Author contract
  • Full developmental and proofreading edit
  • 5 author copies
  • $30 advance
  • One-time print run, 50 chapbooks total
  • 25% royalties, distributed quarterly or until all copies sold 
  • ISBN and Copyright registration
  • A hired artist for the cover
  • Book advertising on all social media
  • Author interview

We are considering fiction, hybrid, and poetry chapbooks. Two chapbooks will be selected, with the possibility of more depending.


​As always, we’re looking to uplift marginalized voices but are happy to read all submissions. We love genre-bending works, material on the human experience, really anything that makes us see the world differently afterwards.


Most mags will charge $12 -$25 chapbook reading fees. We are offering five different payment options instead of setting a set price. Writers can pay $6, $10, $15, $20, or a $25 reading fee. We understand that these are hard times, and so some writers may only be able to afford $6 while others may be able to contribute more. Pay what you can and what you are comfortable with. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit, so the proceeds will go towards ordering books, hiring an artist, and all other costs associated with publishing, so if you're able to donate more, we would really appreciate it as we often have to pay out of pocket to cover costs!


Hybrid Chapbook Requirements:
- up to 40 pages
- Double-spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman or Garamond.
- Include a cover sheet, acknowledgements, and table of contents (these don't count towards page count)
The cover sheet should include your name, address, and contact information (e-mail).
The acknowledgments needs to contain the list of journals or magazines who have published any of the pieces in the chapbook.

We are a small press so publication is a one-time print run of 50 chapbooks. If you are hoping for something more long-term, we suggest submitting elsewhere.


The chosen chapbooks will receive the following:​

  • Author contract
  • Full developmental and proofreading edit
  • 5 author copies
  • $30 advance
  • One-time print run, 50 chapbooks total
  • 25% royalties, distributed quarterly or until all copies sold 
  • ISBN and Copyright registration
  • A hired artist for the cover
  • Book advertising on all social media
  • Author interview


We are considering fiction, hybrid, and poetry chapbooks. Two chapbooks will be selected, with the possibility of more depending.


​As always, we’re looking to uplift marginalized voices but are happy to read all submissions. We love genre-bending works, material on the human experience, really anything that makes us see the world differently afterwards.


Most mags will charge $12 -$25 chapbook reading fees. We are offering five different payment options instead of setting a set price. Writers can pay $6, $10, $15, $20, or a $25 reading fee. We understand that these are hard times, and so some writers may only be able to afford $6 while others may be able to contribute more. Pay what you can and what you are comfortable with. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit, so the proceeds will go towards ordering books, hiring an artist, and all other costs associated with publishing, so if you're able to donate more, we would really appreciate it as we often have to pay out of pocket to cover costs!


Poetry Chapbook Requirements:
- up to 20 pages
- Double-spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman or Garamond.
- Include a cover sheet, acknowledgements, and table of contents (these don't count towards page count)
The cover sheet should include your name, address, and contact information (e-mail).
The acknowledgments needs to contain the list of journals or magazines who have published any of the pieces in the chapbook.

We are a small press so publication is a one-time print run of 50 chapbooks. If you are hoping for something more long-term, we suggest submitting elsewhere.


The chosen chapbooks will receive the following:​

  • Author contract
  • Full developmental and proofreading edit
  • 5 author copies
  • $30 advance
  • One-time print run, 50 chapbooks total
  • 25% royalties, distributed quarterly or until all copies sold 
  • ISBN and Copyright registration
  • A hired artist for the cover
  • Book advertising on all social media
  • Author interview


We now offer critique services for prose and poetry submissions all year round. This is a great way to have your piece be evaluated by a senior editor to pinpoint the piece's strengths, weaknesses, and ways to improve before submitting. 

Critiques are delivered in 2 weeks time. 

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 - May 31st


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. 

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