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.  


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. 

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