The Decadent Review is open to spectacularly written texts of any length. 

We're looking for:

  • Criticism (cultural, literary).
  • Reviews (books, poetry, art).
  • Essays (aesthetics, linguistics, meta).

We value:

  • Erudition.
  • Cynicism.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Classicism.
  • Brutality.
  • Humor.
  • Existential despair. 

Guidelines:

  • Word (.docx).
  • 12pt font.
  • Use spaces, not tabs, to format stanzas.
  • Do not use the ruler to format stanzas, use spaces.
  • Do not count on page width to format stanzas, use explicit new lines.
  • Single spaced.
  • One article per author.

THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR POETRY.

The Decadent Review is open to spectacularly written texts of any length on the subject of aesthetics and abstraction.


We're looking for:

  • Criticism (historical, cultural, literary).
  • Reviews (including artistic and poetic analysis).
  • Essays (linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, meta - think: Hume, Burke, Heidegger, Birkhoff, Borges, Oulipo, and so forth).

 We value:
 

  • Erudition.
  • Cynicism.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Classicism.
  • Brutality.
  • Humor.
  • Existential despair. 

 Guidelines:
 

  • Word (.docx).
  • 12pt font.
  • Single spaced.
  • One article per author.


 As an exercise of meta on meta, The Decadent Review is looking for:

  • Criticism of criticism essays (cultural, literary).
  • Reviews of reviews (books, poetry, art).
  • Poetry on poetry (classical, modern).
  • Essays on essays (aesthetics, linguistics, semiotics).

To clarify, the submission call is for works based on existing works, or that lays on top of them as a literary superimposition.

Please explicitly name the underlying work.

Extra points for meta of meta of meta; that is, pieces that overlay (a conceptual meta) a work that is already a meta-work, or an ekphrasis of some sort, and so on.

As always, we value:

  • Erudition
  • Cynicism.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Classicism.
  • Brutality.
  • Humor.
  • Existential despair. 

Guidelines:

  • Word (.docx).
  • 12pt font.
  • Use spaces, not tabs, to format stanzas.
  • Do not use the ruler to format stanzas, use spaces.
  • Do not count on page width to format stanzas, use explicit new lines.
  • Single spaced.
  • One article per author.

The Decadent Review is open to spectacularly written texts of any length on the subject of chess in literature.

We’re looking for:

  • Essays and criticism of chess as motif in literary works (Nabokov, Caroll, Beckett, Borges, Eliot, et al.)
  • Reviews, history, or ekphrasis of chess in the arts (Duchamp, Matisse, Klee, et al.)
  • Analysis of games in aforesaid such works.
  • Representation of games (historical or otherwise) as verse or prose.

As always, we value:

  • Erudition.
  • Cynicism.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Classicism.
  • Brutality.
  • Humor.
  • Existential despair. 

Guidelines:

  • Word (.docx).
  • 12pt font.
  • If referencing games, please provide them as PGN format, and mention whether you’d require them represented using a visual chessboard.
  • Use spaces, not tabs, to format stanzas.
  • Do not use the ruler to format stanzas, use spaces.
  • Do not count on page width to format stanzas, use explicit new lines.
  • Single spaced.
  • One article per author.

The Decadent Review is seeking spectacularly written texts of any length on the subject of Ludwig van Beethoven, commemorating his 250th birthday.
 

We're looking for: 

  • Criticism (cultural, literary).
  • Reviews (recordings, books, poetry, art).
  • Essays (aesthetics, linguistics, meta, history).
  • Musical ekphrasis of compositions (poetic, euphonious, discordant).

 

We value:

  • Erudition.
  • Cynicism.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Classicism.
  • Brutality.
  • Humor.
  • Existential despair. 

 

Guidelines:

  • Word (.docx).
  • 12pt font.
  • Use spaces, not tabs, to format stanzas.
  • Do not use the ruler to format stanzas, use spaces.
  • Do not count on page width to format stanzas, use explicit new lines.
  • Single spaced.
  • One article per author.