Hi, this is Soft Star

Soft Star Magazine features stories of science fiction, futurism, and speculative fiction with a healthy dose of optimism. No dystopias here; Soft Star stands for curiosity, openness, and the inherent magic of the unknown.

Soft Star publishes both online via this newsletter as well as in periodic print issues.

About the Editor

Miranda Adkins is the Editor-in-Chief of Soft Star Magazine. She is a writer, a linguist, and a software engineer. Her love of lit mags began when she served as the Design Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of Echo Literary Magazine during her time as a student at the University of Texas at Austin (2013-2017). She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Soft Star is now offering tiered subscriptions! That means that your options for involvement in Soft Star Magazine are expanding. If you choose to become a paid subscriber, 100% of your subscription contribution goes back into the magazine in the form of printing and postage costs for contributor copies of the print issues, as well as Canva and Adobe CreativeCloud subscriptions. Your support helps keep Soft Star free to access on Substack and allows the print issues to keep coming!

The tiers are as follows:


Free subscribers will receive all contributor posts in their email inboxes. This includes all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that is published on Soft Star. You’ll also receive all important announcement emails (like theme and deadline announcements).


Paid subscribers to Soft Star receive all free-tier content plus access to monthly letters from the editor (yours truly). These Month-in-Review posts will cover a variety of topics — recommended reading, short essays related to the current issue’s theme, previews of print issues in progress, and more. Becoming a paid member means getting a glimpse into the inner workings of Soft Star. All contributors published on the website receive complimentary paid subscriptions to the magazine.

Founding Member

Founding members receive all of the above content, plus a free physical copy of every issue published during their membership.

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An optimistic repository of sci fi, slipstream, futurism, and spec fic


Miranda Adkins

✨ Linguist + sci fi enthusiast 🪐 EIC of Soft Star Magazine 🌎 SLC, UT