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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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, slightly edgy 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.

Imaginative fiction. Vivid Imagery. Precise Language. Fresh story. Leaps of inference.  A little humor. Ultimately, kindness. That's what it takes.

Send your best flash fiction between 50-150 words. I encourage you to send up to 10 tiny stories in one file, please.

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

Up to 1000 words will be considered. Shorter works are preferred: 100-500 words is ideal.

For fiction: Imaginative microfiction, flash, or short-short fictional stories. 

For nonfiction: Microessays, narrative memoir, or creative nonfiction, and let there be a good and true story. How does your particular view connect to the wider world? 

Text: 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.

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

 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, concrete, visual

 Size: 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.

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

I am primarily looking for art with a narrative. Tell a story in an image that takes us to another world. Guidelines: Send up to five images in each submission. Artists may write first and send website info, if desired.

  Images: 4.5 inches horizontally, hi-res, 300 ppi, .jpg or .png files

Someone asked me how I decided what images to publish in *82. For the magazine, I’m generally looking for work that has at least one of these qualities:

—catches a moment in time that someone else won’t or can't see
—has a particular mystery to it

—makes an object seem to come alive or suggest a feeling or mood
—has shadows or a figure in a landscape but from a distance or from behind
—contains something unusual or humanmade in a natural setting
—shows city textures but more than just a formal look at composition and color
—offers a view where the reader is the subject
—has humor but also a deeper element
—does not look at woman or any person as an object or other
—encourages our connection to humanity
—has a subtle message
—is an image that changes how we see the world
—has a contrast or interaction

—contains interesting marks that show the hand or that someone or something was there

And I tend to avoid specific portraits or images of people.

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

This category must have both writing and art to be considered. For *82, this means one written piece side by side with one image, NOT layered. What I look for:
—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, I don’t accept photo portraits and prefer objects and landscapes/interiors that set the stage and mood for the writing.

  The image and the words work together to create a new view. Send drawings, photos, collages, paintings, or comics that are interlinked with a text. A text inspired by an image (or vice versa) is preferred. 

Your complete submission must contain two separate files: one short text and one image.

  Text: up to 500 words in a Word .doc or .docx, inspired by the image

 & Separate Image: 4.5 inches in width; horizontal or vertical format; hi-res, 300 ppi

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

This category must have both writing and art to be considered. 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 an excellent visual and verbal impact. Image(s) should be made by you. Please no appropriated images, even if they are copyright free. Send up to two files in one submission. Include the source(s) in your cover letter.

  Image: 5 x 8 inches (125 mm x 200 mm) hi res, 300 ppi, .jpg or .png

For general guidelines and more categories, please see: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

(This category is NOT about layering a poem on top of a photograph. If you have an image and a related text that are meant to be side by side, please look at the guidelines for Word + Image. Thank you.)

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: https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

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