22-day form rejection from Intergalactic Medicine Show for “Phlegethon:”

Thank you for offering your story to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.  We’re sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere.
Sara Ellis
 Assistant Editor”

Quite formy form as far as form rejections go. Not even an encouragement to submit more work in the future. Not exactly the most assuring and encouraging response to soften the sting, but oh well.

3 thoughts on “Short Story Rejection #15

  1. I wouldn’t take getting a standard form rejection as an indicator of you’re story’s quality, especially from a market as big as Intergalactic Medicine Show. Case in point, I’ve received a standard form rejection from one pro market and then turned around and sold the story to another pro market. A lot of the publishing game comes down to right story + right market + right time.


      1. It’s tough not to read into rejections, but form rejection are really a stick-to-the-facts situation. All that letter said is a) they read your story, and b) they’re not going to publish it. That’s it; there’s not one word about the quality of your story in there. Rejections are a bitch in the early going, but you CAN get to a point where you won’t even notice form rejections.

        Yeah, there is a bit of luck involved at first, I think, until you can get some idea of what the markets and their editors really want. Even then, there’s still some luck involved. For example, if you send in a story about vampires on the moon, but the editor just published a story about vampires on mars, there’s a good chance you’re gonna get rejected, no matter how good your story is. 😉


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