Submissions

General Submissions

How do I submit to The Aster?
You can email submissions to asterreview@gmail.com! Please use this template as your subject line: "Submission: Last Name, Type of Submission" and include your full name, academic year, and contact information in the body of the email.
Use Shunn's Manuscript Format for the piece itself. Include a cover page.
What can I submit to The Aster?
Really anything that fits in print. Our submissions include, but are not limited to:
  • prose, short fiction, and flash fiction
  • poetry
  • visual arts
  • cultural criticisms
  • reviews and interviews relating to the arts
  • excerpts are welcome, though it must have a self-contained conflict and resolution. It can hint as to what comes before and after.
Is there a submissions limit?
Yes: 4, but unlimited for visual arts.
What are the deadlines?
We are currently closed to submissions.

Guidelines

Short fiction guidelines
  • Our word limit is a soft 1,500 words—but we won't read anything over 2,000.
  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format.
  • Excerpts are welcome. Stand-alone excerpted work only, i.e., the excerpt should function as a story on its own without the context of the complete work
  • Include a cover page with your name.
Visual arts guidelines
  • High resolution files exported preferably in .PNG (.JPEG/.JPG accepted) and sent as an email attachment or Google Drive link
  • No limit to submissions
Cultural criticism guidelines
  • 500-1,000 word limit
  • It doesn't have to be OU content, but rather art unto itself.
Reviews guidelines
Interviews guidelines
  • Case by case basis
  • We prefer OU content
  • We prefer not just transcriptions, but some narrative content surrounding it!
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