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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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, published mid- March/June/September/December, is always available online for free.
Star 82 Review especially looks for humanity, humility and humor in the form of:
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,
and the displaced person.
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. If you have previously submitted work to Star 82, please make sure you have not sent it to us before: if it was declined before, it will be declined again. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Please include a brief bio (in the cover letter section) with your submission. Bio should be publication ready, about 50-100 words that highlight what you do and include where you live: mention only 2-5 publications that might say something about you (we are not interested in long lists).
We generally respond to all submissions within one week (no more than one month). You may check the status of your submission at any time by logging in to your account. We accept approximately 8%-10% of the work we receive.
As usual, read the magazine (it's right here!) to get an idea of what we like. See the About page for links to editor interviews that might also be helpful.
Informational articles elsewhere:
What Does It Mean When They Say "Read the Magazine?"
Formatting Magazine Submissions and Cover Letters
Insecurity & the Third Person Bio
Common Tropes to Avoid
What Editors Want
Photo-Based Erasure Texts
Shorts.Microfiction, short-short stories, flash; call it what you like, call it like you see it. Essays, creative nonfiction, and stories-of-the-day are also welcome.
Text: Send your best up to 1000 words. (Longer pieces will not be read.) Send shorter pieces together in one file, up to 1000 words, total.
Postcard Lit.The image and the words work together to create a new view that neither could achieve alone. Send postcard-sized drawings, photos, collages, paintings, or comics that are interlinked with a text. Images must be high-quality original works. Send two files: one for picture, one for text.
What we look for in Postcard Lit:
-A high-quality, compelling photo, often mysterious, beautiful, or humorous, that draws the viewer in
-Short prose or poetry that complements, but doesn’t explain or repeat what the image says
-Short prose or poetry that is also poetic, mysterious, subtle, inclusive, compassionate, with no antagonism toward others and not overtly said
-In general, we don’t accept photo portraits and prefer objects and landscapes/interiors that set the stage and mood for the writing.
Text: up to 500 words
Image: up to 6 inches (150 mm) in width; 300 ppi
Art Post.Tell a story in an image that takes us to another world. Send up to two narrative images in each submission.
Image: up to 6 inches (150 mm) in width, 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. Looking for both visual and verbal impact. (Erasures done only with black Sharpie are unlikely to be accepted.) Send up to two files in one submission.
Image: vertical, 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. Send up to five poems in a single file.
Text: 2-50 lines each (including line spaces), up to five poems in a single file.
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