We want writing from the gut: your loves, your losses. 

Paint splatters. Mosh pits. 

Healing. Hope. Hurts. 

Mistakes. Misgivings. Misfits. 

Swears. Sweat. Secrets. 

We want honest, gripping work exploring the breadth and depth of humanity. Mere shock value has no place here. #OwnVoices strongly preferred. 

We are excited to live up femme/non-binary voices, though all (within the realms of moral sanity) are welcome. We're especially interested in a feminine perspective w/ edge. It's rare to see the two combined, and rarer to find spaces curating those fab punk femme gems. 

Kathy Acker
Elizabeth Smart
Assata Shakur 
Sylvia Plath
Zadie Smith
Helen Oyeyemi 
Michelle Tea
Elise Cowen
Sophie B Watson
Ntozake Shange 
Leslie Feinberg 
Allen Ginsberg
Saul Williams 
Joy Harjo 
Tommy Orange
J D Salinger 
Zora Neale Hurston
Diane di Prima
Sherman Alexie
Maggie Nelson
+ a Stoic/Spiritualist sensibility. 

(Haven't read any of the above? Please do so before submitting.) 

(NO: fancy shit, scatology, hate speech. <- Including
 misogyny; misandry is equally uncool.)

Punk Poetry: 

(Poetry submissions are temporarily closed. Please consider submitting art, fiction, or non-fiction instead! 💕) 

Poems one stanza or less are more likely to be considered for print editions. 
Accepted genres: General, Contemporary, Experimental. Non-rhyming/free-verse preferred. 
I iterate: no fancy shit. 

Check out Em Ramser's amazing poem to see what we're looking for. 

Punk Prose: 

Flash fiction only. Micro-fiction welcome. 
We want tight, terse, tender. 
Accepted genres: General, Contemporary, Urban, Literary, Experimental, Hybrid. 
(No Genre fiction. Ie, no Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy. This means no robots, ghosts, monsters, or mutilations.) 
We want it to feel real. 
Excerpts welcome, incl from unpublished or self-published work. 
I iterate: #OwnVoices strongly preferred.

Fierce Features: 

Seeking essays, reviews, interviews, etc.
Special interest in feminism, sex work, BLM/ALM/ILM, LGTBQ+, mental health. (For these topics, we maintain a firm #OwnVoices policy.)
Excerpts welcome, incl from unpublished or self-published work. Send a completed work up to 5K. (Flash preferred.) 

Read Mekdela's piece on fatphobia for inspiration. 

Audacious Art: 

Open to all art forms. If it explores punk philosophy, healing, mindfulness, fierce femininity, or anything wonderful and weird, we want to see it! 
Also open to mainstream art as long as it's meaningful/beautiful. 

Black n white productions more likely to be included in print editions.

Get a gander of Laura Brant's Come Get Some! and Seriously? by Kay Hogan for reference. 

Our Sunflower Series in solidarity for the Ukraine will remain open until the invasion ends. Send us any interpretation of a sunflower, from mainstream to experimental. 

The Music Margins: 

We want your music! Send a Bandcamp song link or YT/Vimeo link + a small blurb featuring 1-3 factoids about your band + a photo.

See this feature on LastMinuteHero for an idea of what we need. 

The Om Zone: 

Send your meditation videos/tracks from your YT/Vimeo channel! 


Comedy is an amazing art form! Send an embeddable clip of your stand-up (ideally 5 min or less) w/ a small blurb featuring 1-3 quotable factoids about your work. (I iterate: no hate speech.) 


PASTE submission in the BODY of your email to 
For art, attachments are fine. 

I'll iterate: 
PASTE submission in the BODY of your email. 

Please include your Twitter handle so we can tag you, and remember to Follow us! 

Reprints/simultaneous subs welcome- please inform us of the fact. 
No multiple submissions. 
We reserve the right to make edits to any work (incl previously published), and first-time publication/serialization rights. You retain all other rights to your work (as it should be.) 

Re: formatting Your submission will be published exactly the way you pasted it, unless I mess up something, which happens. (Human.) 

We used to send personal rejections gently citing reasons for rejection and offering feedback on a new direction to take if resubmitting. Unfortunately, response was so overwhelmingly negative we have stopped. 

Stay Creative!


PS You matter. 💕
PPS Want more secrets on what makes me purr? Check out mine and ex-editor Jenn's smashing interview with Jim Harrington (circa 2012! Maybe it's irrelevant now...) 

Any other inquiries, reach out to punkmonkmagazine(at)gmail(dot)com 

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  1. How long does it usually take for you guys to respond?

    1. Hey Rebecca! We seldom take longer than two days but may respond faster or slower depending on how many submissions we get. If it's been several weeks and you've gotten no word, send us an email as we've probably lost you somewhere. : )

      --Ms. Taylor Adams


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