Formatting Guidelines

All submissions should be sent via email to

Your piece should be sent as an attached RTF (detailed instructions below).

Please use a fixed width font (ie Courier New) Size 12.

Do NOT centre justify your paragraphs. Do NOT use strange fonts. Do NOT include your name in the document header. Do NOT put anything in the document footer.

DO include name, address, phone number, email etc. at the top of the document.

For full marks, you should indent the first line of each paragraphs by 1cm, double-space lines and indicate section breaks with a centered “#.”

Thus your manuscript should look like this:

And so forth

RTF Files:

Otherwise known as “Rich Text Format”, this is a standard file format designed for passing documents between different word processors. All word processors written in the last 10-15 years support Rich Text Format, pretty much regardless of the platform. They tend to be more compact that the equivalent DOC file, and they do not hide things like viruses etc.

Creating a Rich Text Document is quite straightforward: (the following instructions are for Microsoft Word, but should apply to most word processors.)

From your “File” menu, select “Save As…”
 At the bottom of the dialogue box that comes up, just below the name of the file to save, is a box labeled: “Format.”
 On the list will almost certainly be a format entitled: “Rich Text Format.”
 Select it, and save. Your file will then have an extension of “.rtf” (ie: mystory.rtf).

From within your mailing program, create a new message addressed to:

Attach the file to this message.

So, now you know everything there is on how to submit files to  Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

All you have to do now is write!


A note about the reasons behind our formatting guidelines:

The editorial team of ASIM is scattered over most of Australia.

Since nearly all our communications are electronic, printed submissions are less useful than they might otherwise be. While we will accept printed submissions for people who for some reason or another can’t manage email, it will get scanned into electronic format and emailed to the various readers and editors anyway. So sending electronically saves the editors a labour-intensive step and saves you postage.

As to the reason for attached RTF rather than plain text, the submissions editor finds them easier to manipulate, and prefers to see the things like italics presented as the author intended, rather than the makeshifts required by plain text.

All stories submitted go through an initial blind reading process. That means that the stories are sent to our panel of readers with no author information attached. This is why we want the author information in one place where it is easily removed.


  1. I’m a little confused. You say ” Do NOT include your name in the document header.”
    Yet in the example posted, the authors name is in the header. Most publishers require your personal information in the header, even the picture example you give shows one. So which is it?

    • Jason, that’s not a header, that’s just the top of the first page. Headers refer to text repeated at the very top of every page, much like page numbers appear as footers. For slush readers, all author details are removed. Having your name in a header would defeat that objective. Cheers.

  2. We don’t need a page number at the top of each page?. I have done some where this is required

    • Given you submit electronically it’s not that essential, but it’s not a problem if people number pages. Happy submitting!

  3. Forgot to ask before but can you use a penname for a submitted story? For those of us with family issues and stuff

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