MAY 2018: FREE SUBMISSIONS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 1. Please check back in June 2018 to submit in the free categories. At that time I will be reading for Fall.

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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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. We read year-round.

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

Note: Due to a recent Submittable call and enthusiastic response, you may not see the free categories. If that is the case, this may mean we too close to our monthly limit. Please check back next calendar month, when free submissions will reopen.

Please limit your submissions to two files per calendar month (can be in separate categories) through Submittable. Please check each category for separate guidelines regarding how many pieces per file. 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.

New 2016: 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, 50-100 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 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, but be assured that you will receive an acceptance or decline message directly via email.

Partial withdrawals: If you must withdraw one piece in a group, please send an email stating which works are still available.

Open Editing for major errors only: If you feel you must revise your piece due to an 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.

Get respectful, detailed feedback from the Editor. Find out what can make your work stand out and become stronger.

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.
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 send a note with your paper mail address, you will receive a free letterpress printed postcard in thanks. (The address will remain private and will not be shared or sold. It will only be used this once.)

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