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The submission deadline for James Gunn's Ad Astra looms: Tomorrow is the day! Details:

The theme for our premiere issue is:

Communication and Information


We are looking for submissions that express the idea of gathering knowledge and sharing it with others  as a central element of the story or article. Telling stories, and understanding what is being shared, are what defines us as human. We want to invite the speculative fiction community to examine this topic, either in fiction, poetry, or scholarly articles. Speculative fiction allows us to look at the world through different lenses, and we are excited to see your vision of how we share our ideas with each other.
-Isaac Bell, Issue Editor

How to Submit
  1. Carefully read the submission guidelines:

    Short fiction and poetry, click here.

    Scholarly articles, click here.

    Reviews, click here.

  2. Click the “Complete Submission Form” link at the bottom of the submission guidelines page to access our submission form.
  3. Fill out the submission form and follow the directions to upload your document.
  4. Feel a great sense of accomplishment and mark June 22, 2012 on your calendar.
  5. Come back and read Ad Astra‘s first edition!


How it Works
  • Submissions will be accepted at any time. Submissions that fit the issue’s theme will be eligible for top selection position in the first issue.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of editors selected by the Issue Editor. Every effort will be made to deliver feedback within four weeks of submission, although this can not be guaranteed.
  • The end of the Summer 2012 issue’s selection period is March 31, 2012.
  • Top selections will be given key placement in Ad Astra‘s first issue to be released in conjunction with the 2012 Campbell Conference.
  • Published authors will receive a one-time honorarium of not less than $50 for short stories, $20 for poems. In addition, select authors will be invited to the conference to read their work as part of the conference.
  • Runners-up submissions will also remain eligible for online publishing and future print editions (if one is produced).