Starling is published twice yearly in January and July. Submissions may be made at any time to be considered for the next issue, so the best time to send your work is when you feel it is ready. The editors will read and respond to all submissions as soon as possible, and in any event no later than 8 weeks following the deadline. The editors are unable to enter into correspondence regarding individual submissions or their selections.

The deadlines for work to be considered for each issue are 20 April for the Winter issue and 20 October for the Summer issue.

Poetry: send up to six poems.

Prose: Send up to two pieces, each up to a 5,000 word maximum. Prose may include short stories, creative non-fiction, personal essays or anything else you can surprise us with.

Email submissions to and include the phrase ‘Submission for Starling’ in the subject line followed by your name. In the body of your email please include your full name, date of birth, place of residence, and phone number. Please also include a short bio of no more than three sentences.

Please send all work as a single Microsoft Word/PDF attachment. Please do not paste your submission into the body of your email. Pages should be numbered with your name on each page. Material must not have been published elsewhere in any form, and please do not send work you have submitted elsewhere at the same time.

Copyright for all pieces published in Starling remains with the author. By submitting to Starling you also agree to be added to our mailing list, so that we may inform you of deadlines for future issues.