Begun in 1970, Descant is a quarterly journal headquartered in Toronto and publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world. Descant considers submissions of poetry (submit about six poems), short stories, novel excerpts, plays, essays, interviews, musical scores and visual presentations.
Standards for acceptance are high. We receive a large number of submissions every month – please send only your best, carefully edited work. No submission may be under consideration by another publisher, nor can it have been previously published.
Please note that it can take up to 12 months to hear back from us regarding your submission. If accepted, it may take Descant another 12 months to publish accepted works (occasionally longer, often shorter). Descant pays a $100 honourarium upon publication.
Descant’s upcoming Renovations issue seeks to explore the built environment. The physical and metaphysical spaces we exist within and also create. Think Peter Mayle stripping a Provençal farmhouse to its joists and struts, a DJ layering Led Zeppelin overtop Frank Sinatra’s crooning, or rewriting Pride and Prejudice as a zombie novel — all are renovations.
Descant wants to create a space where Holmes on Homes can meet Oulipo lipograms. We want to read about new kitchens and bathrooms. We want stories and poems that renovate what literature can do. Reuse. Recycle. Renovate. Deadline: March 15, 2011
Complete submission guidelines: http://www.descant.ca/submit.html
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