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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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. Please limit your submissions to two files (can be in separate categories) through Submittable. Please check each category for separate guidelines regarding how many pieces per file. Works that fall outside of the guidelines will not be read. Standard fonts and formatting, please: 12 pt. type; double space for prose, single space for poetry.
If your work is declined, you may be requested to submit two more files, but please wait to be contacted. If you submit more than once a month, your work may not be read. 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.

Microfiction, short-short stories, tiny essays, or creative nonfiction. Up to 1000 words will be considered. Shorter works are preferred.

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 *82, Postcard Lit means one written piece side by side with one image, not layered.  What I 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.

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. 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: up to 4.5 inches in width; horizontal or vertical format; hi-res, 300 ppi

Narrative Art. Tell a story in an image that takes us to another world. New guidelines: Send up to five images in each submission.

Image: up to 4.5 inches in any direction, hi-res, 300 ppi, .jpg or .png files

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.

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

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); 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.
Get 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.