Bridging the worlds of speculative fiction

We are currently accepting stories, poems, articles and reviews for our next full issue, to be published in Winter 2013. Make your submission before November 15, 2013 to be considered for the Winter 2013 Full Issue. Submissions will remain open on an ongoing basis, however, and Ad Astra hopes to begin publishing regularly between full issues. Our ability to do this will depend on the availability of submissions so send us your work!

The theme of the Winter 2013 Full Issue will be determined by the content we receive, so send us your best! In addition to written works, we are also seeking digital artwork, multimedia, and innovative forms of storytelling. As an online journal, we have the means to push the literary envelope. Send us your vision of how stories should  be told in the 21st century and together we can build a new chapter in the great tradition of speculative fiction.

2013 Submission Guidelines

How to Submit:

  1. Carefully read the submission guidelines:
    Short fiction, poetry, & multimedia click here
    Scholarly articles, 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 December, 2013 on your calendar.
  5. Come back and read Ad Astra‘s third edition!

How it works:

  • Submissions will be accepted at any time.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of editors selected by the Issue Editor. Every effort will be made to acknowledge submissions within four weeks, with feedback within three months.
  • The Winter 2013 issue’s deadline is November 15, 2013.
  • Top selections will be given key placement in Ad Astra‘s first issue to be released in December 2013.
  • Published authors will receive payment of not less than $50 for short stories, $20 for poems.
  • Runners-up submissions will also remain eligible for online publishing and future print editions (if one is produced).

The theme for our premiere, 2012 issue was:

Communication and Information

We solicited submissions that expressed 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 invited the speculative fiction community to examine this topic, through fiction, poetry, and scholarly articles. Speculative fiction allows us to look at the world through different lenses, and we are excited to contribute to the vision of how we share our ideas with each other.

The theme for the Summer 2013 issue is: Voices Seldom Heard

All topics and themes will be considered. Selection will be made based on quality and themes that the Issue Editor observes within the submissions themselves.