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 All art and writing must be original and unpublished.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 per month (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 right away, but please wait to be contacted. Otherwise, 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.
Ends on December 4, 2017

What is your issue? As artists we have the power to repeatedly make and remake the world, poke at it, make fun of our humanity, our weaknesses and our failings. We also have the power to present it as we wish it to be. Images and words have the power to move us to action. 

Your challenge: creatively transform an issue that is important to you into a narrative that is moving, fascinating, fantastic, unusual. 

Think about designing or writing an advertisement for a service or product that you would like to see for social and economic justice. Perhaps a dialogue with the person within your issue, or a picture of a humanmade object in a natural setting. Subtlety and sly wit are encouraged. Humor via irony, parody, satire, and edginess are encouraged and welcome as long as it does not disparage, hate on, or promote violence. Add your voice, add your story, but no rants, please. Think about your issue, take it one step further, and find the story in it.

Editor's Choice Award of a complimentary print copy to each of five contributors. Publication is planned for 2018. Updates will be posted on the the FB page.

  • Prose: under 500 words each, up to 3 stories (or creative ad copy) in one file, double-spaced, block format.
  • Poetry: under 50 lines each, up to 5 poems in one file, single-spaced, flush left.
  • Images and Comics: up to 5 images, must be made (or photographed) by you. Comics must be legible on a small screen.

You may submit in more than one category, but if declined, please submit only once a month, unless instructed otherwise.

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.

This category must have both writing and art to be considered. 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

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: 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.
$7.00
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.
Surprise your mailbox. Read at a leisurely pace. Take a moment unplugged. Enjoy a tactile experience as you explore a physical copy of each full-color issue of *82 Review for one year. Then, when it's over, you might want to try it all over again.

Subscriptions here are by calendar year and begin with the March/Spring issue. Wherever we are in the cycle you will receive all the issues up until that point (within four weeks). Issues are usually published in March/June/September/December.

Thanks for your support and Happy Reading!

Looking for a fresh process? A new angle? A way to access content? 

A hike through the imagination, a careful notice of the physical world, a dedicated path to the content store within you, Creative Arts Process Cards can inspire your next project. The cards encourage you to engage deeply, work slowly, providing an impulse and the freedom to make a project of your own.

Draw three cards at random from each of the three numbered sets: Notice, Practice, and Realize, and follow the suggested process. Notice cards give you a starting point, an action to undertake in the physical world where you gather notes and sketches. The Practice cards guide you to experiment with the content you collected and are a bridge between your notes and the Realize cards, which suggest a final shape or form.

Additionally, you may opt to choose an Exchange card that gives you permission to exchange zero, one, two, or three cards or use it to decide which one of the numbered cards to exchange. Try using the deck in a class or group and see how one draw can inspire a variety of projects to emerge. The deck provides endless possibilities.

The deck includes 52 cards: Title card (1); Play cards with instructions (4); Reading card with book suggestions (1); #1 Notice cards (14); #2 Practice cards (14); #3 Realize cards (14); Exchange cards (4), all housed in an accessible clear acrylic two-piece box.

To serve as an alternate starting point, each card is paired with an original photograph by Alisa Golden, designer and creator of the deck, and editor of *82 Review.

The most common question asked a writer or artist is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And the most common complaint by a writer or artist or student is, “I can’t think of a subject. I don’t know what to do for content.” The creative process can be difficult, but sometimes the best way to access content is by focusing on just one thing at a time. The creative process is never easy, but Creative Arts Process Cards can help ease you onto the path.

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