Events of epochal significance

We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from folks interested in being part of Sun Star Review–sometimes, quite literally. As our journal has grown, and the project has matured past its humble beginnings, we have come to realize the value of infrastructure. To that end, we have decided to finally make it official: we are now accepting submissions primarily through submittable. That’s right, we have a brand new submittable page. Go on, take it for a spin while it still has that new-page shine!

From this moment hence, we ask that all submissions run through submittable, and that our email be reserved for the kinds of business, correspondence, spam, spear-phishing, and other standard uses to which it’s better suited.

With all that in mind, now would be a good time to submit to Issue #3, set for Winter 2017 release. And of course please keep an eye out for Issue #2, which should be ready to launch by the end of September (gulp).

Submissions are Open. Sunset, Sunrise.

Please note that we have updated our submissions page to reflect the fact that we are now reading for Issue #3. Submissions remain open, but we have decided to close consideration for #2. All further work received will be considered for #3.

Our present plan is to publish on a roughly academic schedule through this year–fall release for #2 around September, and then a winter release for #3 around January. Submissions will very likely remain open throughout, and we will notify everyone when we transition to a new issue. We also have some special projects in the works (very exciting!) that may require some schedule shifts–we will of course let you know when we know!

Vermillion Reading: a story in too many pictures

We at Sun Star Review are absurdly lucky people. We are lucky to have received so many great submissions to our humble startup journal. We are lucky for the chance to publish all the wonderful writers whose work appeared in our inaugural. And we are tremendously lucky to have so many friends and supporters in the Seattle writerly community. On Tuesday, August 2, we were reminded of just how special that community is for our belated inaugural reading at Vermillion in Capital Hill. The turnout was incredible, and a full house was treated to the work of Sun Star contributors Justine Chan, Mark Petterson, Maria Rosa Mills, Rachel Linn, and Adriana Campoy (who, speaking of luck, just happened to be swinging through Seattle for a couple days after returning from her usual study at an obscure school called Cambridge or some such thing). And superstar Seattle poet Alison Stagner reminded us that she is a superstar. The evening wrapped up with a set from The Bailey Range, and we would be grossly negligent if we failed to offer special thanks to Josh Potter (writer, drummer, and general good dude), who put in so much work to bring this reading together!

[Pictured from top, left to right: pregame; Miranda opens ceremonies; more Miranda as MC; Justine Chan; Mark Petterson; a vagrant; Maria Rosa Mills; Rachel Linn; more Rachel Linn; sparkle shoes for some reason; superstar Alison Stagner; Adriana Campoy; The Bailey Range; more The Bailey Range (Josh Potter on drums!)]

Submissions Update

Due to the number and qualify of submissions we have received during our Issue #2 round, we are likely to close up submissions for that issue in the very near future. No firm date yet, but likely very soon, so if you would like to be considered for our upcoming issue, please submit ASAP.

But if you miss it, please still submit! We will still be accepting submissions after the closing date, but everything received after that point will be read for Issue #3, very tentatively set for a Winter ’17 release…

…which seems to be a good moment to stop for some quick reflection. It’s a bit surreal to think back to starting up in January, and then be here talking about opening submissions for Issue #3. This whole project has so far exceeded our expectations, and we are so, so grateful to everyone who has submitted great work, to our issue contributors, to our readers, and to everyone who has helped to get this all together!

Our First Reading: August 2

reading poster color smallWe’re teaming up with The Bailey Range to host a Night of Literature and Music in Seattle on August 2. We’ll have readings from some of our first issue authors and editors followed by music from The Bailey Range. Help us spread the word and join us is if you can! It’s gonna be a great night.


Where: Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave, Seattle

When: 5 pm

Who’s Reading: 

  • Adriana Campoy
  • Justine Chan
  • Rachel Linn
  • Maria Rosa Mills
  • Mark Petterson
  • Alison Stagner

And a special thanks for Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar for allowing us to use their space for the event!

First Issue Wrap: Awards

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While we greatly value the contributions of all our editors and assistants, one staff member clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest. We are pleased to announce that Mab Q. Snifflecat has won our first “Editor of the Issue” prize. Pictured: Mab, being her usual helpful self as Miranda was trying to push through the final proofs.