Please read in full before submitting to this call (this is not a call for science fiction):

The Decadent Review is a l’art pour art non-commercial publication focusing on poetry, criticism, literature, art, and the abstract. Our interest, as we write in our submission calls, asks for: Erudition, cynicism, sarcasm, classicism, brutality, humor, and existential despair. That is to say, our interest is in intellectual examination of scholarly subjects by the learnéd well-read. Amongst the subjects that we examine, for instance, are Barthes and Nabokov; the history of Impressionism; Derrida’s views on art; Duchamp and chess; Borges and Don Quixote; Keats and language; Blanchot and recursiveness; and so on.

We do though recognize, as evidence presented by the New York Times and others, that it is likely that we, Homo sapiens sapiens, are not alone here on planet Earth. A general, insofar unexplained phenomenon that involves more than ourselves, is taking place (and likely has been taking place for quite some time). It is also evident that this phenomenon involves consciousness and multi-dimensionality and broader observable and experiential effects, and not as mere science fiction and “space crafts”.

We ask the question: What are the cultural implications of this phenomenon? What sort of poetry does it produce? What are the consequences of it regarding criticism or classicism? What kind of comparative literary inferences should we draw from this phenomenon?

We are not interested in speculative fiction on the possibility of non-human contact. We are not interested in proof that it exists. Rather, we are interested in texts that presuppose the reality of this phenomenon as actuality, and the cultural and literary implications of it.

We’ll be interested in knowing, for instance, what is the significance of this likely contact on the moral conflict of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov; What kind of literary or artistic criticism we can produce from the perspective of not being alone in the universe; How can we read the classical texts from the knowledge that we are not alone, and that contact has been made; What are the moral implications of this phenomenon on society, art, and culture; How should we rethink classical physics and metaphysics in relation to this phenomenon; Poetry that speaks abstractly or offers an interpretation of this condition from the subject writing about it.

As in all our calls, we are seeking spectacularly written texts that intellectually challenge the reader, are erudite and curious, and that make us think beyond ourselves.

Thank you,

The Decadent Review.

The Decadent Review is an equal opportunity publication, with three female editors, and one male editor. Yet, at least ninety percent of our submissions come from men. No, we are not seeking “feminist” submissions (and of course, we will not publish a poem simply because you are female), we're just looking for excellent texts from anyone. We have at least five submission calls open (all of which do not specify any chromosome differences in preference, by the way!), here:

Meta on Meta: https://thedecadentreview.submittable.com/submit/162440/meta-on-meta

Aesthetics and Abstraction: https://thedecadentreview.submittable.com/submit/165151/aesthetics-and-abstraction

Criticism and Reviews: https://thedecadentreview.submittable.com/submit/151144/criticism-and-reviews

Shostakovich: https://thedecadentreview.submittable.com/submit/192413/dmitri-shostakovich

Thank you,

Editors of The Decadent Review.

The Decadent Review is seeking spectacularly written texts of any length on the subject of Dmitri Shostakovich and his music.

 

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.


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.