There are presently no open calls for submissions.
Born of the notion that strong, condensed nonfiction can resurrect the dead, salvage the past and, perhaps most importantly, quell the existential unease of nostalgia, Defunct was founded in the dead of winter of 2009 in a now defunct back-booth in Iowa City. Since then, we've produced six fantastic issues that feature the work of essayists Joe Wenderoth, Ander Monson, David Shields, Lia Purpura, Roxane Gay, Joe Bonomo, Dinty W. Moore, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Chris Offutt, and many more. We've also been listed for one of the 100 Best Pieces of Journalism by The Atlantic for Ander Monson's 2011 essay, "Long Live The Jart," and recent work has garnered the attention of The Best American Nonrequired Reading and Essay Daily, among other places. We've held readings both big and small at the annual AWP Conference in Boston, Washington D.C., and Chicago, as well as the NonfictioNow Conference in both Iowa City and Melbourne, Australia. All issues, including archives, are available exclusively online, and new issues are released in the spring and fall.
While we invite essays of all forms, all prose-based work must be 1,000 words or less.
Please do not send a second submission until you've received word on the first.