General GuidelinesWe welcome unsolicited submissions. All art and writing must be original and unpublished. By submitting, you acknowledge that you are the creator and owner of the work. Rights revert back to writers and artists upon publication. While there is no monetary payment, a discounted, prepublication rate will be available to contributors. This quarterly magazine is always available online for free.
Star 82 Review especially looks for:
heart and language and change,
specificity of scenes and objects,
overlooked moments rather than overly dramatic ones,
wordplay, wit, and humor but not vulgarity,
the delightful strangeness of daily life.
We are currently accepting work in five separate categories; you may submit in two categories (please see the specific guidelines for each or your work will not be read). If your work is declined, you may be requested to submit more entries, but please wait to be contacted. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Please include a brief bio with your submission: about 50-100 words, (3-5 sentences), publication ready. Please include your geographical location.
We hope to respond to all submissions within one month. You may check the status of your submission at any time by logging in to your account. We accept approximately 10%-13% of the work we receive.
As usual, read the magazine (it's right here!) to get an idea of what we like.
Informational articles elsewhere:
Formatting Magazine Submissions and Cover Letters
Insecurity & the Third Person Bio
Common Tropes to Avoid
Shorts.Microfiction, short-short stories, flash; call it what you like, call it like you see it. Essays, nonfiction, and stories-of-the-day are also welcome.
Text: Send your best up to 1000 words. (Longer pieces will not be read.)
Postcard Lit.The image and the words work together to create a new view. Send postcard-sized drawings, photos, collages, paintings, or comics that are interlinked with a text. While a text inspired by an image (or vice versa) is preferred, artists may send images only. Images must be original works.
Text: up to 500 words, inspired by an image
Image: 4 x 6 inches (100 mm x 150 mm); 300 ppi
Art Post.Tell a story in a stamp. Draw, photograph, collage, or paint an imaginary postage stamp. Literary and art references are encouraged, but not required. This is a tiny image.
Image: up to 3 inches (75 mm) in any direction, 300 ppi
Oversized stamps: up to 6 inches (150 mm) in any direction, 300 ppi
Erasure Text.Find a new, unrelated text in an old text. Also known as altered text: usually a page from a used book or a scan or copy that has been completely transformed with color, collage, sewing, handwriting, mixed-media, or text from other sources.
Image: up to 5 x 8 inches (125 mm x 200 mm) 300 ppi
Hidden Gems.Small works in poetic form, lyrical language. Tiny, but satisfying. Striking imagery and/or a human issue (moral, ethical, dilemma, character trait) encouraged.
Types: experimental, free, hybrid, invented, narrative, prose, short, visual
Text: 2-50 lines
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