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 book sales and tip jar donations from our readers. 

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 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. 

NOW ACCEPTING POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10

Submission Window Closes March 31st

Written or Performance Videos

  • ​3-6 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.
  • Performance videos should be 10 minutes or less.

ALL VIDEO SUBMISSIONS MUST BE VIA YOUTUBE LINK EMBEDDED/HYPERLINKED IN A DOCUMENT FORMAT.

​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

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, and Short Films

Visual, Performance/Film

  • ​Please utilize JPEG with a minimum resolution of 300 PSI via attachment.
  • 5 piece maximum per entry.
  • Different mediums should be submitted separately: i.e. visual submissions should not be submitted alongside a video submission--but in their own separate submission.
  • Non-poetic performance or short film videos should be 10 minutes or less.
  • ALL VIDEO SUBMISSIONS MUST BE VIA YOUTUBE LINK HYPERLINKED IN A PDF OR WORD DOCUMENT.
  • Please send a max 170-word description/commentary on the inspiration for your video piece!

​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. 

NOW ACCEPTING MUSIC SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10! 

NOW ACCEPTING PROSE SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10

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.

NOW ACCEPTING PROSE SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL 10

Submission Window Closes March 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, 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.

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.

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