At Defunkt, we’re a biannual magazine, publishing two stunning volumes of work a year. In between our general reading periods, we are launching mini reading periods designed to focus on theme specific work. You can find information on our general and themed books for 2022 below and their entry periods.

General Submissions:

 

Volume 10: our first issue of the year dedicated to showcasing the best of the best. Payment will be distributed based on profits from Patreon subscriptions and tip jar donations. Reading period opens: Jan 3rd - March 18th

Volume 11: our second issue of the year dedicated to showcasing the best of the best. Payment will be distributed to contributors based on profits from Patreon subsciptions and tip jar donations. Reading period opens: Oct 1st - Nov 13th

 

Mini Reading Series:

SPECIAL SUB CALL: TEENS AGAINST THE BOOK BANS

We as a nation are watching as teens everywhere are losing access to books that discuss marginalized identities, including LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and many more. Banning books has always been a form of erasure and censorship. But, today's youth are stronger than ever and they are ready to fight back against the bigotry that is trying to take over the education system. 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 only for teens, ages 13 - 18. We're looking for personal essays, short stories, art, or poetry about how the book bans are negatively affecting you or those you love.

Reading period opens: May 1st - Until 50 submissions are reached* 

TEENS AGAINS THE BOOK BANS UPDATE: We are accepting submissions until 50 submissions have been received. Once we hit 50 subs, we will create a print anthology to cement their voices in history. To submit, please send an email to eic@defunktmag.com with the headline "TEENS AGAINST THE BOOK BANS SUB" and include your bio (less than 100 words), a headshot/selfie, and your piece. You can send up to 3 poems, one story or personal essay, or up to 3 pieces of art.  

 

 

ANATOMY: a special issue dedicated to our bodies. Accepting poetry, fiction, and art. Payment will be distributed to contributors based on profits from Patreon subscriptions and tip jar donations.

Reading period opens: June 1st - July 31st

 

Important Notes:

Starting with Volume 10, we will begin paying contributors through our profits from Patreon subscriptions as well as adding a tip jar option where readers can tip their favorite authors. Since this is our first time implementing this strategy, we don't have any hard numbers yet, but we hope you are as excited as we are!

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

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Submission Guidelines

Fiction & CNF

  • 4,000-word maximum. No minimum.

  • Double-spaced. 12 pt. font size. Times New Roman.

  • Please include a 100 word or less bio with your submission.

  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your piece if it is accepted elsewhere.

  • Submit a docx. format

  • One submission per author per section. Please await a reply prior to resubmitting.

Poetry

  • Written or Performance Videos

  • ​Up to 4 poems not exceeding 10 pages

  • 12pt Times New Roman font

  • 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 include a third-person biography or artist’s statement that is a maximum of 100 words.

  • We do not accept multiple submissions within one section, but you may submit to different sections.

  • Please utilize Word.

  • No minimum.

  • Performance videos should be 10 minutes or less.

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

Art & Video

  • Art, 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!

Music

  • Music submissions accepted via Soundcloud, Spotify, or via an attached MP3 or MP4 file. If utilizing a link please submit via a hyperlink in an uploaded PDF or Word document.

  • 5 piece maximum per entry.

  • ALL VIDEO SUBMISSIONS MUST BE VIA YOUTUBE LINK HYPERLINKED IN A PDF OR WORD DOCUMENT.

  • Please send a max 100-word description/commentary on the inspiration for your video piece!