Until the Stars Burn Out is currently OPEN to submissions between January 1st to February 28th, 2019. The theme is “Mankind and the Stars”.

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 5 poems or 2 pieces of prose — in a single doc, docx or pdf document to Please put “submission,” followed by your name in the subject line. Please ensure every poem is on a new page and has a title and your name.

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.


The theme of the current issue is Mankind and the Stars. 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.


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

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.


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. We will consider short fiction up to 2500 words, but this isn’t the place for genre stories, or comedy, or fan 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. You’re welcome to submit non-fiction articles of up to 2500 words (query if longer, or if interested in a series)

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.


Word and Line Limits

There are no maximum line lengths, but please be reasonable. We won’t discard good work, but ask yourself if it really needs to be that long. If it does, excellent. If not, edit it!


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