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.
  • Format: Standard 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. Please submit only .rtf, .doc, or .docx files.
  • 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 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. (A story that has been published in any form anywhere, even self-published or on a personal website, counts as a reprint.)
  • 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 open on June 12th, 2024 and be open until July 12th, 2024.

Stories submitted outside this period will be deleted unread. Stories must be submitted via our submissions form, which will become available on June 12th. Do not send your story to us via email. If you haven’t heard from us in 3 months after the end of the submission window, please contact us at

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.

Submit Your Story

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