Soft Punk is a literary arts and culture magazine based in London. We are intentionally agnostic of a “house style” and liberated from dogmatic conceptions of brow. Our reporting is fair, our fiction vulnerable, and our criticism unwavering. We curate emotive, insightful, and occasionally brazen visual features, with generous space reserved for poetry and art of all mediums.
In the vacuum left by an ever-shrinking landscape of inquisitive outlets, we felt something needed to budge. So here we are pushing.
A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
Today, after 6 print issues and hundreds of online articles, Soft Punk is going to be closing its doors. Our mission has always been to provide a platform for exciting and challenging work, and it's been a tremendous honor to collaborate with such talented writers and artists to make that happen. The magazine's entire archive will remain available online, and we hope you will continue to read and appreciate the work of our contributors.
Thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to this magazine. It's been a wonderful ride.
-Jacob and Charlie (March 2022)
is a writer and editor born in New York, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and currently living in London. After working in the film industry, he decided to start Soft Punk with Charlie in the summer of 2019. Since then, Jacob has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, and curator for numerous publications and organizations spanning the United States and Europe.
co-founded Soft Punk with Jacob Barnes in the summer of 2019. He is an assistant editor at Harper's Magazine.
is a Canadian-born, Australian/South African-raised essayist and poet. She has been published in Observer, Meanjin, The Rumpus, Westerly, Cordite Poetry Review and others. She lives in London.
is a 30-something downwardly mobile white man who is shy but will, with the right drugs, speak at greater length than is of interest about African politics, psychedelics, journalism and accelerated eco leisure communism, all subjects on which he also likes to write. He has had exactly 25 jobs and would like to die before that number reaches 27. Sam publishes short, unedited, and uncensored essays on his Substack page, Downwardly Nubile.
is a graphic designer currently based in Mumbai. Her projects usually involve work around various publications and include a range of commissioned illustrations. With major interests in book design and production, she is intrigued by the different facets of engagement that define a reader’s relationship and experience with books. Inclined rather towards print, all her work begins with this basic idea.
Prying Sense from Our Strange Present ~ Soft Punk interrogates our tumultuous contemporary moment, however our contributors choose to interpret it. We publish work that is authentic in tone, boundary-pushing in form, and original in questions or conclusions.
Consistency ~ Soft Punk is triannual, publishing three times a year. We believe this is the best model for our content — frequent enough to reflect the constant change we exist in, delayed enough to produce novel and insightful features.
Radical Inclusion ~ There are few limits to the work that Soft Punk is willing to consider. While we may not agree with everything that we publish, we do agree with its right to be said. We aim to foster the free expression of ideas and welcome a broad range of ideologies to our pages. Understanding emerges from earnest dialogue.
Beat ~ Soft Punk does not have a specific avenue of interest. Considering our increasingly multidisciplinary world, we refuse to limit ourselves to false delineations of genre, medium, or subject.
Curation ~ When possible, we will seek to provide consistent and meaningful sources of income to artists we work with. Whether this takes the form of an exhibit, a screening, or a collaboration, we remain aware that our publication is but a singular means of exposure amongst the multiple needed to create sustainable artistic practices.
Community ~ Soft Punk contributors are much like ourselves: those occupying the liminal space between formal education and established careers. Understanding this position to be a precarious one, we strive to champion those fresh voices too often overlooked by the media machine.
Representation ~ Soft Punk is dedicated to identity and gender equity amongst our contributors. We stand proudly as an ally to women, the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC individuals, as well as those disenfranchised anywhere in the world. We believe in cultivating the world we hope to exist in, and diversity is a core tenet of that world.
Giving Back ~ The Soft Punk Mutual Aid Program is committed to supporting the tireless work of nonprofits and NGOs in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, and Berlin. Each quarter, we donate a percentage of our revenue to grassroots, communal initiatives in our communities. Additionally, we will maintain communal resources to both provide our patrons with information on businesses worth supporting and communal services available on a bartered basis. Our our most recent gift was given to the Mermaids Foundation in the UK.
Stewardship ~ At every opportunity, Soft Punk prints our work in the most environmentally sustainable way within our means. A good magazine means very little with no planet to read it on.
Aesthetics ~ Soft Punk is resolved to making each print issue a beautiful object unto itself. While no book should be judged by its cover, we strongly believe that part of showing respect to our contributors is to put their work in a product that reflects the value of their effort, as well as the sincerity with which we take our mission. As such, we hope you keep our issues on your shelves for years to come.
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