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Taking Submissions: Intergalactic Rejects

July 12

Submission Window: June 12th, 2024 to July 12th, 2024
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Speculative short stories (science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, cosmic horror, etc.) that have been rejected from multiple markets.

Calendar of Fools is seeking your rejected stories for the Intergalactic Rejects anthology. Sometimes you have a really good story that just hasn’t found a home among the markets and magazines. It doesn’t mean the story isn’t wonderful; it just didn’t fit their needs.

Intergalactic Rejects contains 8 rejected stories by highly acclaimed authors, and has room for more.

What we’re looking for

  • Speculative short stories (science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, cosmic horror, etc.) that have been rejected from multiple markets.
  • Length: Limit 5,000 words.
  • FormatStandard Manuscript Format (double-spaced 12 pt. Courier or Times New Roman, no extra lines between paragraphs). Include your name and email on the first page of the story.
  • Rejections: Your story must have been rejected at least 3 times.
  • Multiple Submissions: We are not accepting multiple submissions.
  • Simultaneous Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know at [email protected] if your submission is accepted elsewhere. And congratulations!
  • Reprints: We are not accepting reprints for Intergalactic Rejects. That would mean your story wasn’t a reject.
  • Languages: We are only able to accept English-language submissions.
  • Stories produced with AI: We do not ever accept stories where AI wrote or generated portions of the text.

Submission Period:

Submissions will be open from June 12th, 2024 until July 12th, 2024. If you haven’t heard from us in 3 months after the end of the submission window, please contact us at [email protected].

If your story is not accepted for this anthology, please keep writing and editing and molding your story. Every writer faces rejection, and your story will eventually find a home.

To submit your story, please use our submission form.

Acceptances, Payments, and Rights

Rejections, acceptances, and other updates will be notified via email.

Editing: All accepted stories will undergo an editing period. The author will be able to review and discuss edits.

Payment: For this anthology, we pay a pro rate of 8 cents U.S. per word.

Rights: For this anthology, we seek the following rights:

  • First World Serial Rights
  • First World Electronic Rights
  • Non-Exclusive World Anthology Reprint Rights

Via: Calendar of Fools.


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