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Defenestration A Literary Magazine Dedicated to Humor

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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.

Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2003

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Open

Stories that are funny yet manage to exemplify their genre, or blend various genres into amusing and unique combinations. We’ve published literary fiction alongside science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and even period piece romances. No genre is off limits.

Dates:

Open to fiction submissions through 05 August 2024* (approx. 13 days from now). 2

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction50 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 4,000 words.
Styles:

Humorous, Satirical.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Non-fiction includes what we call “fake” non-fiction. Think of it as fiction that reads like non-fiction. 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.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Article ArticleUp to 2,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 2,000 words.
Styles:

Humorous, Satirical.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open

Both free-form poems and highly-structured poems. We’re just as likely to publish blank verse as we are sestinas, sonnets, and haikus. We’re also convinced that rhyming poetry isn’t quite as dead as some people would like to believe, but a well-crafted rhyme scheme is preferable over something more simplistic. Forced rhymes are a huge turnoff.

Dates:

Open to poetry submissions through 05 August 2024* (approx. 13 days from now). 3

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Blank verse, Formal verse, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Sestina, Sonnet.

Styles:

Humorous, Satirical.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUp to 5 pieces.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media.

Art Styles:

Humorous.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Image.


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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Defenestration Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Approachable Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 55 reports from 45 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 40.2 mean avg | 24.0 median | 320 max days (57.9 std dev)
Responses92.73 %
Acceptances30.91 % of submissions accepted (35.1 avg. days per acceptance) | 33.33 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections61.82 % (28.2 avg. days per rejection) | 26.5 % personal, 38.2 % form, 35.3 % unspecified | 1.8 % shortlisted
Non-Responses7.28 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded3.64 % (304.5 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals3.64 % (24.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending11 responses are pending (2 min | 78.0 mean avg | 33.0 median | 281 max days waiting | 89.9 std dev) from 11 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 28 days. (34.6 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 28 days.)
Submissions are acknowledged within 2 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 18 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 23 Jun 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 06 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 06 Jun 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 22 Oct 2005

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