Literary Journals & Events



The national literary journal descant

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. Please submit only one story and no more than five poems at one time. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included to guarantee reply, return, or acknowledgement of submissions. 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.

For the 2014-2015 reading season, we’ll accept either traditional or online submissions (through Submittable only). A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with traditional 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 considered from September 1 through April 1.

Please, no submissions in April, May, June, July, or August .

Please send all questions and queries to Matt Pitt (



The student journal of the arts eleven40seven

eleven40seven is TCU’s student-run, undergraduate journal of the arts. Originally started by the Bryson Literary Society in 2005, the journal now operates independently, run by an undergraduate staff and one faculty advisor. Together, students work to publish the journal biannually.  

It’s publication is funded by the Hamilton Endowment, the TCU English Department, and the TCU Institute for Critical and Creative Expression (ICCE).

Live Oak Reading Series

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Garrett Hongo

The Live Oak Reading Series brings professional writers at all levels of their careers to TCU to share their work and ideas with the TCU and DFW communities.

In April 2014, Garrett Hongo read to a packed lecture hall in the Palko Building.  Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, lived as a child in Kahuku on O‘ahu, and grew up thereafter in Los Angeles. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry, three anthologies, and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai‘i. His poems and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He has been the recipient of several awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.