Our dream is to publish every submission sent to us. Here's how you can help: be literal, transitive, and associative all at once. Be genuine. Read your piece aloud. We favor endings that don't shut down the poem or story. We'd rather not meet characters who overwhelm the plot they find themselves in. We'd rather not have plots that overwhelm the characters. Try to swim without drowning. Experimentalists: if you want to push the reader away, go ahead, but remember to also do something generous and honest to invite her back. Poets: you don't have to die to write a poem about death. Strange is not always better. Simple and clear are not always memorable. Imagination or experience? You decide. Like, take this way, smells of seawater. Or that way, has metal parts, or this way, pools. Welcome to our dream.

We are looking for video poetry to publish on our website. Work must be original in its whole form, although sounds and images and words may have separately appeared elsewhere in a fratured way. All music and images must be "royalty free." Submit .mp4 files only (at least 720p HD).

Fiction is to nonfiction as theater is to poetry or whatever. We like to publish a few one-minute plays in each issue. 

Upon acceptance of your play, you grant Free State Review  First North American Serial Rights and the right to publish your work on our website for up to six months after your work is printed in our  journal. Publishing rights revert back to the author after printing,  but if you do print elsewhere, we ask you note us as publishing your work first. Note: one-minute plays may have been previously performed, for example, at a one-minute play festival or some other venue. If you have a simultaneous submission please let us know.  

$3.00 - 10.00
$3.00 - 10.00

Hybrid, personal, off road, music / art criticism, tragedy queen--tell us a story as you ferry us across the river between Earth and the underworld. Try to keep it between 1,000 and 4,000 oar strokes.

Upon acceptance of your essay, you grant Free State Review  First North American Serial Rights and the right to publish your work  on our   website for up to six months after your work is printed in our  journal. Publishing rights revert back to the author after printing,  but if you do print elsewhere, we ask you note us as publishing your  work first. If you have a simultaneous submission please let us know.  

$3.00 - 10.00
$3.00 - 10.00

A poem can be anything from the sounds of two people quietly playing tennis to an anthem. We are not here to answer this question or to preach how something poetic is not necessarily a poem. Rather than a bathtub or the ocean, consider writing a pond without any docks.

Upon acceptance of your poems, you grant Free State Review  First   North American Serial Rights and the right to publish your work  on our   website for up to six months after your work is printed in our  journal. Publishing rights revert back to the author after printing,  but if you do print elsewhere, we ask you note us as publishing your  work first. If you have a simultaneous submission please let us know.  

No more oyster poems, please.

$3.00 - 10.00
$3.00 - 10.00

We favor stories which aren't so over-engineered we can't hear the voices in the wind. Any style or subject is welcome, but try to create images without using objectifying language. Note to guy authors: we're getting annoyed that the first description of a male character is his profession and the first description of a female character is her hair color.


Upon acceptance of your submission, you grant Free State Review  First North American Serial Rights and the right to publish your work on our website for up to six months after your work is printed in our  journal. Publishing rights revert back to the author after printing, but if you do print elsewhere, we ask you note us as publishing your  work first. If you have a simultaneous submission please let us know. Prose should be 500-4,000 words.

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