Call for Stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 2

I edit THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR anthology series for Night Shade Books. The first volume in the series will be published in March 2007, and the second should appear in March 2008.

I am currently reading for the 2007 volume of THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, and 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, so I am only reading material published between 1 January and 31 December 2007.

I work on a fairly tight deadline, and need to see work as early as possible. With that in mind, the submission deadline for this year’s book is 1 October 2007. 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 31 December 2007 you can send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time. No email submissions unless previously discussed (and I’d rather not get PDFs if possible). 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 YEAR’S BEST on the envelope.

Jonathan Strahan
PO Box 544
Mt Lawley WA 6929

I am also happy to receive recommendations or information on publications via email. The contact address is jstrahan (at) iinet (dot) net (dot) au.


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 do not accept email submissions 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 2007.

* 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, F&SF, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Postscripts etc, but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).

** If you are publishing online, you need only email me (jstrahan (at) iinet (dot) net (dot) au) to let me know. I don’t require print-outs of online publications.

*** 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.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year – Contents

I delivered the first volume of my The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series to Jason and Jeremy at Night Shade the other day. I’m really happy with the book, and can’t wait to see it when it hits the shelves next March. Since all of the permissions are in place, I thought I’d let you all see the final table of contents:

  1. How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Neil Gaiman
  2. El Regalo, Peter S. Beagle
  3. I, Row-Boat, Cory Doctorow
  4. In The House Of The Seven Librarians, Ellen Klages
  5. Another Word For Map Is Faith, Christopher Rowe
  6. Under Hell, Over Heaven, Margo Lanagan
  7. Incarnation Day, Walter Jon Williams
  8. The Night Whiskey, Jeffrey Ford
  9. A Siege Of Cranes, Benjamin Rosenbaum
  10. Halfway House, Frances Hardinge
  11. The Bible Repairman, Tim Powers
  12. Yellow Card Man, Paolo Bacigalupi
  13. Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy), Geoff Ryman
  14. The American Dead, Jay Lake
  15. The Cartesian Theater, Robert Charles Wilson
  16. Journey Into The Kingdom, M Rickert
  17. Eight Episodes, Robert Reed
  18. The Wizards Of Perfil, Kelly Link
  19. The Saffron Gatherers, Elizabeth Hand
  20. D.A., Connie Willis
  21. Femaville 29, Paul Di Filippo
  22. Sob In The Silence, Gene Wolfe
  23. The House Beyond Your Sky, Benjamin Rosenbaum
  24. The Djinn’s Wife, Ian McDonald

You can, should you be so inclined, pre-order the book at and other reputable dealers.