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James Gunn's Ad Astra

Literary Magazine



James Gunn's Ad Astra latest issue

an online publication dedicated to the study, advancement, and celebration of speculative fiction in the twenty-first century

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    60 days*
    Editor reported data
    116 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$10-$50 per piece

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7500 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 7500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: $ 50 per piece


Payment: $ 10 per piece

we like poems that exhibit an intellectual and emotional passion for language and form

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    We read the cover letter after the story; summarizing the story isn’t useful as it won’t influence our decision. Writerly facts such as if you’re published and where are of greater interest.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Format: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file (do avoid .rtf if you can.) Modern Manuscript format is required. Check https://www.shunn.net/format/story/ for those specifics. Ignoring this standard marks you as either unprofessional or not to be bothered with details, neither of which is a great way to start our relationship. In particular: Paragraphs: indent the first lines using the word processor feature instead of tabs. Set extra space before and after paragraphs to zero. Font: any widespread serif font (Palatino, Times New Roman, etc.) in 12 points. No Courier, please, for which our eyes thank you kindly. Title should be in the font in which the rest of your story is presented: all-caps, bold, large font—equivalent to screaming—are unnecessary. Page numbers: they go in the top header on the right side, along with your byline and abridged title. NOTE: The time we lose reformatting your story prevents us from getting to the next one in the queue. Some day, that next one may be yours.

  • Author's rights

    one-year exclusive print/electronic rights and non-exclusive reprint rights thereafter.

  • Additional info

    Ad Astra is peer-reviewed by scholars associated with Center for the Study of Science fiction at the University of Kansas looking for scholarly work from a wide variety of disciplines about themes, trends, analysis, or speculation regarding the field of Speculative Fiction

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Total submissions tracked

116 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

28 days

Fastest response time

168 days

Slowest response time

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12-month average acceptance rate

117 days

12-month average response time

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ames Gunn’s Ad Astra publishes mostly science fiction with some fantasy. Both genres are literatures of discontinuity where there is a rupture between the depicted world and the one in which we live. Science fiction is further distinguished by one essential quality: we can trace a path from here to ...

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