Submissions

Defenestration is a humor magazine. We don’t worry about the particulars of genre, style, or form as long as the work is funny. What exactly constitutes as “funny” varies from person to person, but we try to publish a wide range of humor, from the ridiculous to the satirical, and everything in between.

What We’re Looking For:

We are currently CLOSED to short story and poetry submissions. We will open to short story and poetry submissions on August 20th.

We are currently OPEN to nonfiction and fake nonfiction.

We are currently OPEN to visual submissions.

The Submission Process (Click to Enlarge):

Biographies and Cover Letters:

First impressions matter. We’re not very formal people, so something like “Dear Editors” or “To Whom It May Concern” bores the hell out of us. We have names. Feel free to use them.

We typically like to see a brief, 100-word or less biography, the sort you’ll want to appear below your piece(s) should they be chosen for publication. This way, we don’t have to ask you about it later. We don’t care if your biography is full of lies. If you want to tell us that you live on the moon and that you once punched a koala in the face, be our guest.

Short Story and Poetry Submissions:

Short stories and poetry are published three times a year in an online magazine format. A new issue appears on April 20th, August 20th, and December 20th of each year. Short stories and poetry are subject to reading periods that determine when, if accepted, they’re published.

April 20th Issue: December 20th through April 5th

August 20th Issue: April 20th through August 5th

December 20th Issue: August 20th through December 5th

Note that our reading periods are closed April 5th through April 20th, August 5th through August 20th and December 5th through December 20th.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Simultaneous submissions will be deleted unread. 

To submit, send no more than one (1) short story or no more than five (5) poems to defenestrationmag(at)gmail(dot)com. The subject line of your e-mail should begin with “Defenestration Submission / Fiction” or “Defenestration Submission / Poetry.”

Short story submissions must be no more than 4,000 words. Attach your submission to your e-mail as either a Microsoft Word Document (.doc) file or a Rich Text Format (.rft) file. The file should be titled with your last name and the title of your story, or, in the case of poetry submissions, with your last name and the number of poems.

Do not send us more than one submission at a time. Please wait until you have received either an acceptance or a rejection from us before submitting again.

Reprints are fine, but please tell us when and where the piece appeared previously.

Also, try not to submit stories that we’ve seen too often.

Nonfiction Submissions:

Nonfiction is published year-round. There are no reading periods for nonfiction.

Nonfiction includes what we call “fake” nonfiction. Think of it as fiction that reads like nonfiction. This can include anything from reviews of non-existent books, interviews with imaginary people, bogus letters to the editor, etc. Use your imagination. If you’re unsure whether your piece falls into this category, send it to us anyway. We’ll sort it out.

Send no more than one (1) nonfiction submission to defenestrationmag(at)gmail(dot)com. The subject line of your e-mail should begin with “Defenestration Submission / Nonfiction.”

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Simultaneous submissions will be deleted unread.

Nonfiction submissions must be no more than 2,000 words. Attach your submission to your e-mail as either a Microsoft Word Document (.doc) file or a Rich Text Format (.rft) file. The file should be titled with your last name and the title of your submission.

Do not send us more than one submission at a time. Please wait until you have received either an acceptance or a rejection from us before submitting again.

While we accept reprints of short stories and poetry, the same is not true of nonfiction. Please send us only original, previously unpublished nonfiction.

 

Visual Submissions:

Visuals are published year-round, in both the site’s weekly updates and the thrice-a-year magazines. There are no reading (viewing?) periods for visual submissions.

Send your visual submissions to defenestrationmag(at)gmail(dot)com. Submissions can be in any medium. Send no more than five (5) visuals. Your artwork should be attached as a (.jpg), (.gif), or (.png) file in appropriate sizes (in other words, if a full-view of your painting or comic takes up the whole computer screen and the screen of three other computer beside it, your file might be too big). Please, no (.bmp) files. We also accept video and flash submissions for those of you handy with technology.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Simultaneous submissions will be deleted unread.

Do not send us more than one submission at a time. Please wait until you have received either an acceptance or a rejection from us before submitting again.

Reprints are fine, but please tell us when and where the piece(s) appeared previously.

 

Response Times:

We try to respond to all submissions within a week of receiving them. After submitting, you should get an auto-response from our e-mail address letting you know we’ve received your transmission loud and clear. If you don’t receive this response within 24 hours, please resend.

Artwork and non-fiction will receive a rejection or an acceptance. Short stories and poetry will receive a rejection or a note informing you that your piece(s) have been held for further consideration. Work held in this matter will be given a final response by April 8th, August 8th, or December 8th, depending on the reading period.

Submissions are read from the bottom of our in-box to prevent you from waiting too long for a response. We use Gmail for our poetry and prose submissions; please do not reply back to your submission in an attempt to “bump” it to the front of the queue. You’re really just doing yourself a disservice.

Rejections will get a form letter. We do not provide specifics about a rejection, so please don’t ask. It’s not that we don’t want to help you out; we just don’t have the time!

Publication:

By submitting to Defenestration, you are certifying that your submission(s) are your own work.

We do not own your work, nor do we pretend to. You and you alone are the sole owner and copyright holder for anything you submit to us for publication.

We are not a paying market. Defenestration does not profit from the publication of your work in any way.

That being said, we take First Electronic Publishing Rights, with the exception of reprinted material. This means that if we publish your work on Defenestration, it can only be marketed elsewhere as a reprint. Keep this in mind when submitting to us. If you’re trying to make money off your writing (and we highly recommend doing so), getting it published by us and then reprinted by a paying market later might not be the best way to go. Giving up your First Electronic Publishing Rights for a place in Defenestration is your choice. We promise we’ll take good care of your stuff.

We reserve the right to make minor corrections of spelling and grammar. We typically won’t accept anything that requires heavy editing. Also, we make no distinction between “American” English and “British” English, and typically keep pieces in their original forms; your extra Us don’t bother us one bit!