For fifty years, descant, the literary journal of Texas Christian University, has been publishing outstanding poetry and fiction, and, over the course of five decades, descant has become Fort Worth’s journal of poetry and fiction. Many stories and poems that first appeared in descant have latter been included in collections and anthologies, and several stories, most recently Annette Sanford’s “Nobody Listens When I Talk,” from the descant 2000 issue, have been selected for publication in Best American Short Stories.
Many authors submit to descant because of our awards: The $500 Frank O’Connor Award for the best short story in an issue, the $250 Gary Wilson Award for an outstanding story in an issue, the $500 Betsy Colquitt Award for the best poem in an issue, and the $250 Baskerville Publisher’s Award for an outstanding poem in an issue.
We invite you to browse
our home page, learn more about our publication, our awards, and our submission
policies, and read some of the recent award-winning poems and stories that
have appeared in descant.