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. 


  • 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.
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