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Call for Submissions: BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME 7

Editor Ellen Datlow is currently reading for the seventh volume of her Best Horror of the Year series.

Ellen writes in:

I am editing the anthology series Best Horror of the Year (Night Shade Books) and am currently reading for the seventh volume, which will include all material published in 2014. Reprints only.

I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark crime, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published in 2014. Submission deadline for stories is December 1st 2014. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. For December publications, I’ll look at galleys or manuscripts. No email submissions unless you live outside the US. Authors should check that their publishers are sending review copies to me as I don’t have time or energy to nag publishers to get me material. I request it once (maybe twice) and that’s it.

There will be a summation of “the year in horror” in the front of the volume. This includes novels, nonfiction, poetry, art books, and “odds and ends”– material that doesn’t fit elsewhere but that I feel might interest the horror reader. But I must be aware of this material in order to mention it. The deadline for submissions to this section is December 15th, 2014.

Ellen Datlow
Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436

****I do not want manuscripts of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive (like Interzone, Black Static, Crimewave, Cemetery Dance, Postscripts, F&SF and the other digests, etc.) or from anthologies and collections, unless I don’t have or can’t get that anthology or collection. Again, please ask your publisher to send me the magazine or book. For online publications, please have your publishers send me email files of your stories. I will also accept printouts of stories produced and first “published” in 2014 as podcasts.

Please do not send an SASE. If I choose a story you will be informed. For confirmation that I‘ve received something, enclose a self-addressed-stamped postcard and I will let you know the date it arrived.

Thank You
Ellen Datlow
Editor and reviewer

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4 Comments on Call for Submissions: BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME 7

  1. I’m a little confused. She wants to reprint all the best stories published in 2014? So far? Or are we being invited to submit via time machine? Most (or at any rate, a lot) of the stories published in 2014 (best or otherwise) haven’t been written yet.

    • She’s asking for “material published in or about to be published in 2014”. No time machine needed if you know something is being published…by December 1st.

  2. Michael harp // February 26, 2014 at 8:19 am //

    So, does this imply that you guys are only accepting published stories ( or about to be) and not giving an unpublished writer a chance?

    • Well, it’s not us, it’s editor Ellen Datlow. And this is “Best of” reprint anthology, so yes…unpublished stories are outside the scope of the book.

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