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.

4 thoughts on “Call for Stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 2”

  1. Here’s what may be an odd question: What if something appeared in a “Winter 2007” issue, for example, but actually went to press and was delivered in December 2006?

  2. Generally, you go with the cover date. It’s complicated otherwise. For example, none of the major US magazines appear in the month of their cover date. Those dates are the return date. So, for example, the January 2007 issue actually appeared in October 2006. It’s just gets tricky to work out when this does or doesn’t occur, so cover dates are the answer. Winter 2007 is a 2007 issue.

  3. I would like to have my first prize winning story, “Medievil” in the Crosstime VI anthology considered. The publisher Theresa Francis at will send you a PDF at your request and I will also e-mail her to request that she send it to you.

    They don’t have the cover up yet (darn!) but is for sale on

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