Call for Submissions for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Jonathan Strahan, editor of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, has released a call for submissions:

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Night Shade Books. The fifth volume in the series will be published in March 2011, and the sixth should appear in March 2012.

I am currently reading for the 2011 volume, which will cover stories first published between January 1 and December 31, 2011. I am looking for stories from all branches of science fiction and fantasy: space opera to cyberpunk, fairy tales to the slipstream, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, PLEASE send it. Please note: This is a reprint anthology.

I work on a tight deadline, and need to see work as early as possible.  With that in mind, the submission deadline for this year’s book is October 1, 2011. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you are in or you edit is coming out before December 31, 2011, please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.

Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length submissions in print. Anything else can be sent to me via e-mail. I prefer .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are acceptable, but remain highly inconvenient. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies out to me, as I don’t have the resources to follow-up every publisher to get material.

When sending material please put “BEST SF/F of the Year” on the envelope.

Jonathan Strahan
PO Box 544
Mt Lawley WA 6929

E-mail submissions, recommendations, or information on publications can be sent to me via e-mail at: jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com.


I am eager to see and be able to consider the work you are publishing. If you are producing a magazine, a chapbook, a collection or anthology with any original stories in it please let me know. While I prefer not to accept email submissions for book length works as a rule, I am happy to talk to publishers about making exceptions where necessary. The important thing, for me, is to make sure that I get to consider the best science fiction and fantasy published during 2011.

* I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get Asimov’s, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Postscripts, etc., but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).

** If you are publishing online, please e-mail me copies of your stories. This is particularly important for stories published between October and December, which may otherwise be overlooked. I do not require print-outs of online publications (I regularly read, IGMS, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Apex, etc. online).

*** Please do not send an SASE. This is not a submission per se, and I’m not able to return manuscripts or respond directly to stories sent to me.

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