Submission Guidelines:

A forum for fiction and poetry, descant seeks high-quality work in either innovative or traditional forms. Fiction is usually 5000 words or fewer, poems sixty lines or fewer. We do, however, occasionally accept submissions exceeding these lengths. descant specifies no particular subject matter or style.

Please submit only one (1) story and no more than five (5) poems at one time.

Writers must confirm that work accepted by descant has not been previously published and that they will credit descant as the original publisher whenever and wherever else the work may be placed.

For the 2014-2015 reading season, we'll accept either traditional or online submissions (through Submittable only). A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with traditional submissions to guarantee reply, return, or acknowledgement of submissions.

Please send traditional submissions to:

c/o TCU Department of English
Box 297270
2850 S. University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Please send online submissions to Submittable:


Manuscripts must be postmarked from September 1 through April 1.

Please, no submissions in April, May, June, July, or August.

Please note: The process for reviewing submissions can take time, and the editors appreciate your patience as we look over your work. Decisions on submissions can take between four and six months. Please do not query before five months have passed.

Please send all questions and queries to Matt Pitt (

2014 Contest Winners:

Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction ($500):
Tyrone Jaeger for "To Thy Speed Add Wings"

Gary Wilson Short Story Award ($250):
Jennifer Moffett for "A Peculiar Apocalypse Behind the Gates"

Betsy Colquitt Poetry Award ($500):
Ada Limón for "Day of Song, Day of Silence"

Baskerville Publishers Poetry Award ($250):
Henry Israeli for "The Great Soviet Space Dog Experiment"