The Best Horror of the Year Call for Submissions

Ellen Datlow is accepting submissions for her 14th The Best Horror of the Year anthology, to be published by Night Shade Books and covering material appearing in 2021.

I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: supernatural, uncanny, sf horror, psychological, dark crime, terror tales, or anything else that might qualify. This is an all reprint anthology, so I’ll only consider material published in 2021. Deadline is December 1st 2021. Authors please confirm that your publishers are sending me review copies. If a book or magazine is coming out after my deadline, I’ll look at galleys or manuscripts. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. The only excuse is if you’re a foreign publisher and shipping everything at one time saves postage. If you want your work to get a fair read, do not do this. I do not have time to carefully read a year’s worth of magazine issues and 10-20 original anthologies in two weeks.

I’ll look at e-versions of anthos and collections only if they’re navigable and have running heads. Otherwise, they won’t be read. I always prefer print, if available.

Authors can query as to whether I have/need your collection or an anthology/magazine in which you have a story at

Publisher can send submissions to:

Ellen Datlow
Best Horror of the Year Volume Fourteen
8 Stuyvesant Oval 9G
New York NY 10009

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2 thoughts on “The Best Horror of the Year Call for Submissions

  • October 3, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I recently started editing an online horror journal.

    If the journal is electronic only, would you prefer us to print the submissions out and send them to you, or would you prefer e-mail submissions of .PDFs of the journal?


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