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.


Regarding the 2019-2020 submission cycle:

During our most recent reading period, descant received an unprecedented number of poetry and fiction submissions. While we are grateful for this, and have been floored by the level of quality in these submissions, we are still working through the backlog. In order to do so in a manner that is timely and thorough, we are not opening our submission window at this time. Thank you for your understanding and—if you are waiting for an editorial decision—your patience.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy what we feel is an extraordinary 2019 volume, due out this fall. We also hope to see you at AWP Conference in San Antonio next spring. Please check back with our website and Facebook page for updates.


Starting in 2020, our policies will be:

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.

We strongly urge you to use our eco-friendly and free online submission page at Submittable.

If you prefer to send us your submission through traditional mail, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your 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 time stamped or postmarked from September 15 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 six months have passed.

Please send all questions and queries to