Submissions

Until the Stars Burn Out is currently OPEN to submissions between July 1st to August 31st, 2019.

Please Read Submission Guidelines Carefully

Until the Stars Burn Out an art and poetry magazine dedicated to astronomy, and our place in the universe. How you interpret this is up to you. We have diverse interests and want you to be creative. The only limiting factor is that work has to relate to space in some way or another.

Please send all submissions — up to 3 poems, 2 pieces of flash fiction, or 1 longer piece of prose — in a single word doc, docx or pdf document to the editor. Please be aware that our email address has changed.

Overview

Please put “submission,” followed by your name in your email subject line.

If you have submitted work, please wait until the end of the submission window before querying, unless you have good reason to believe your submission may not have been received due to technical issues.

Theme

Work has to be somehow related to astronomy. You can interpret this however you wish. Suitable topics might include light pollution, space exploration, economic issues in future access to space, how science fiction shapes reality, science fiction itself, the long-term survival of the human race, or the ways in which non-human species can be overlooked in our typical vision of future space travel. Of course, it can include anything else you feel fits the theme. Be creative — new approaches are encouraged. We will be putting up prompts and provocations throughout the summer, but you are under no obligation to use these (nor to feel that you have to send any resulting work to us!)

Poetry

Please send poems as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. You may include an extra poem if one of them is under 10 lines, and two if two are under 10 lines. This means that you may send poems only if two or more of those are under 10 lines long.

Poems to be single-spaced (or certainly no more than 1.5) in a legible font. Times New Roman 12pt is preferred. Please make sure any unusual formatting appears exactly as you want it, and tell us in your cover letter to ensure this gets preserved.

There is no line limit, but very long poems need to do something very special to hold our attention. A 25-line poem fits comfortably on a page. A 40-line poem fits comfortably over two pages. Anything in between takes more time to format, and so is a tougher sell. We enjoy works with clear focus.

It’s nice if you put your favourite poems first, but that’s up to you.

Simultaneous submissions are fine (but tell us straight away if accepted elsewhere). Multiple submissions within the same reading period are not accepted.

Fiction

Until the Stars Burn Out is a new publication. At the present time, our focus is on creating beautiful works of poetry and art which communicate something about the science and wonder of the Universe around us. However, we are now accepting flash fiction up to 500 words. Experimental approaches are welcome.

Non-Fiction

We like philosophy. We like to think about the scientific method, inequalities in education, the pros and cons of open access journals. We like arguing about different solutions to the Fermi paradox. We like hearing about how people have mixed science with art, or created innovative resources in their school or community. We love people getting excited about new space missions or discovering a bunch of medieval manuscripts that look at astronomy. We love reading about fine art theory. You’re welcome to submit non-fiction articles of up to 2500 words (query if longer, or if interested in a series). You may include visuals (see note on artworks) if you own the copyright or they are already in the public domain.

Artworks, Illustrations and Photographs

We welcome high-quality and relevant artworks, illustrations and photographs — especially astrophotography. We are also willing to consider photographs of exhibitions, sculptures and installations, or stills from experimental film and animation, if relevant to our theme. We want work that is beautiful, sad, engaging, and so on. There are few restrictions, but work needs to be print quality, copyrighted to you, and suitable for a family audience.

I am particularly interested in showcasing fine art projects which use, or explore, astronomy in some way. There is space for text, or for articles about projects or exhibitions on this theme. You are welcome to query before sending work.

Editing

Please edit your work before sending. We can’t accept revisions after submission, so please do check everything first.

Biography

Please, please, please send a 50 word, third person biography with your submission. My experience is that only around 50% of submissions do, and it causes problems down the line. I may start rejecting works that do not include this, which would be a shame.

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