Note: Free submissions return next month, in March 2020.

We welcome polished and excellent 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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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 for the print version will be available to contributors. The magazine is always available online for free. 

Star 82 Review especially looks for humanity, humility and humor. We like subtle, slightly gentle works that don't just self-express, but that communicate and leave the reader with at least a fraction of HOPE. Making the strange familiar and the familiar strange is also of interest. We read year-round.

Before you submit, please browse the online magazine for tone and style.

Please limit your submissions to two submissions per calendar month (can be in separate categories) through Submittable. Please check each category for separate guidelines regarding how many pieces/files per submission. Special issues have special guidelines. Works that fall outside of the guidelines will not be read. Standard fonts and formatting, please, it is easier for the editor: 12 pt. Times Roman or Times New Roman type; double space for prose, single space for poetry; contact info on first page.


If your work is declined, you may be requested to submit two more files right away, but please wait to be contacted. Otherwise, if you submit more than two files in a calendar month, your work may be declined unread.

You may also choose to submit work in the "Editor's Eye" category with a critique fee to receive detailed comments and suggestions; after revisions you may then resubmit the work in the standard categories.

If you have previously submitted work to *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. 


You will be prompted to include a brief third-person bio with your submission. Bio should be publication ready, 50-75 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 or nominations, and if accepted, your bio will be edited to fit the format). No cover letter is necessary.


We generally respond to all submissions within ten days (contact us if you haven't heard in one month). You may check the status of your submission at any time (received or in-progress) by logging in to your online account. Sometimes you will find the completed status there,  but in most cases you will first receive an acceptance or decline message directly via email.

Partial withdrawals and resubmissions: If you must withdraw one piece in a group, please send an email stating which works are still available. Please do not withdraw and resubmit the same piece as it costs the magazine.

Open Editing for major errors only: If you feel you must revise your piece due to a terrible error please send an email and request that your submission be "Open for Editing." You may then upload a new file to replace the old one. Please leave your submission in place.

Note: Periodically, free submissions close near the end of the month. Please check back next calendar month, when free submissions will reopen, or you may choose to submit in the fee-based categories.

Prose, poetry, art, creative nonfiction, mixed genres. Send five and only five excellent (and perhaps quirky) works in one file. Subtlety, imagination, kindness, and empathy are valued. These are fee-based entries due to overwhelming response to free submissions this month. Fee-free will resume next month. Feel free to submit how you see fit.

Prose: Up to 1000 words will be considered. Shorter works are preferred: 50-500 words is ideal. Send your polished best at 1000 words or less. Multiple shorter works with a word count no greater than 1000, total, should be grouped in one file, please. Microfiction, prose poems, creative nonfiction (please specify).

Poetry: 2-50 lines each (including line spaces); Shorter poems preferred. Group up to 5 poems in one file, single space, one poem per page. Please send together in one file/submission only. Please note that we can only accommodate flush left or centered formatting with no tabs. Due to the narrow format, lines longer than 65 characters each may be adjusted and reformatted for the print edition; if line breaks are crucial for long lines, please do a character count with spaces included and adjust as needed.

Art: I am primarily looking for art with a narrative, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, nature, and/or objects preferred. Take us to another world. Guidelines: Send up to five images in one .pdf submission. Please note: 4.5 inches horizontally, hi-res, 300 ppi, .jpg or .png files will be requested if accepted.

Once, in a cafe, we saw a sign: "Tipping is Good Karma." If you like *82 and want to help support this venue for artists and writers, consider giving a little gift today. 

If you would like to submit work as well, please do so under the regular submission categories.

Get respectful, detailed feedback from the Editor. Find out what can make your work stand out and become stronger. Ask specific questions, if you like. Recommended exercises and readings may be included.

IN ONE FILE: Submit up to 3 stories or 1000 words of prose, or up to 5 poems to be considered for future editions of the magazine. All submissions in this category accompanied with payment will receive detailed suggestions and/or in-depth comments. Submissions are not guaranteed publication, but are welcome to be resubmitted in the regular categories following revision.

For general guidelines and more categories, please see:

Are you interested in including your own writing in your book art? Wondering if what you have in mind has ever been done? Curious if there is a better way to tell your story? Experimenting with poetry?

Get respectful, gentle, detailed comments and constructive feedback from an established book artist and teacher, author, and editor to make your work stand out and become even stronger. The complete process is individually tailored for each person.

May also include personalized readings, exercises, and/or questions to explore to encourage you to create work that only you could make. 

One response per submission. Response time is up to two weeks.

IN ONE .DOC or .DOCX FILE: Submit the text for one artist book you are considering, up to five pages of double-spaced 12-pt. text. Include any specific questions you have.

(Please note that this submission is a service only and will not be considered for any publication by Star 82 Review or never mind the press.)