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. 

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. 


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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