Free State Review is the print literary journal of the nonprofit book publisher Galileo Press, Ltd. Each 90 to 110 page issue offers varied amounts of poetry and prose, and a few recurring beats such as our Remembering portfolio, one minute plays, and book reviews and author doings written as poems. 


We want to publish every submission sent to us, and fail at this effort 93 % of the time. Here's how you can help: be literal, transitive, and associative all at once. Think and feel harmony more than melody. Be genuine. Read your piece aloud before sending it. We favor endings that don't shut down the poem or story. Yes, we like strong and textured characters, but not ones who are living in a 'character-driven' piece blithely overwhelming the plot they find themselves in. Try to swim without drowning. Remember our style creed: totally limited omniscience.


Experimentalists: if you want to push the reader away, go ahead, but remember to 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? Hmmm. Try taking this way, smells of seawater. Or that way, has metal parts, or this way, pools.


The goal of our 'current issue with feedback options' isn't to teach you how to write. You've already mastered that. Often it's just a process of synching your beats with ours. An issue is worth a thousand words. We'll be as clear as possible with a sample copy and a few notes to settle your writing into moments we're looking for. 


Access: We do not use gate keepers, and generally find the practice offensive. We all have identities, and some of these are predictable ones. We want art that isn't predictable and isn’t driven by ego or personal rhetoric. Our masthead does not include biographies, much like we seldom include education and academic profiles in our contributor notes. The oldest of us is 84, the youngest is 17. Two are veterans. Two are Asian Americans. One is trans-masculine. One is a farmer. One is Native American. One is Islamic. One is Black. One is steampunk. One is an environmental activist. One is autistic. And so forth. If you self-identify with a group which is not part of our diverse community and believe that how you self-identify is critical to our assessment of the quality of your writing, please let us know in your cover letter so that we can bring a reader from your circle into ours to help us consider your manuscript. 

Submit a chapbook collection of poems, essays, stories, or hybrid (with exception to 4-colour art / text hybrids). Please indicate in the title of your submission which genre you feel best describes it. 

We are seeking: vivid imagery and the balance of abstract to concrete imagery, the capacity to surprise, an elastic syntax, pace, and music, thematic cohesiveness and the emotional range and maturity, deft handling of highly charged emotion, use of wit, humor, and self-implication, choice and use of extended metaphor, skillfully juxtaposing the micro and the macro, and more.

Please include a brief artist statement (pull back the curtain with one or two tugs). 

Galileo Press awards $200 upon acceptance of the final draft, and either a liberal number of copies or standard royalties. 

"Project" chapbooks are ok, but if there is a wreath of experience, imagination, and research we'd prefer that research be primary or original, and not borrowed too heavily from Wiki pages or similar.

Please note an important change to our guidelines: an "appealing, confident voice" is no longer needed.

Submit a full length collection of poems, essays, stories, novella, novel, memoir, or hybrid (with exception to 4-colour art / text hybrids).  Please indicate in the title of your submission which genre you feel best describes it.  At this time we are not considering translations.

We are seeking: vivid imagery and the balance of abstract to concrete imagery, the capacity to surprise, an elastic syntax, pace, and music, thematic cohesiveness and the emotional range and maturity, deft handling of highly charged emotion, use of wit, humor, and self-implication, choice and use of extended metaphor, skillfully juxtaposing the micro and the macro, and more.

Please include a brief artist statement (pull back the curtain with one or two tugs). 

Galileo Press awards $400 upon acceptance of the final draft, standard royalties, distribution through either Pathway Books or Small Press Distribution, 1/3 page ads in Poets & Writers, etc.

Please note an important change to our guidelines: an "appealing, confident voice" is no longer needed.


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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.  

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.  

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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: 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.

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: 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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