Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 9

Cover for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Solaris Books. The eighth volume in the series will be published in May 2014, and the ninth will appear in May 2015.

I am currently reading for the 2014 volume, 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.

Eligibility

This is a reprint anthology. Stories must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2014 to be considered.

Deadline

The submission deadline for this year’s book is:

 15 October 2014

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 2014 please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.

Format

Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length works in print., but this is optional.  Books, stories etc can be sent to me via email. I prefer ePub, .mobi, .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are acceptable but 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.

Postal address

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

Jonathan Strahan
PO Box 544
Mt Lawley WA 6929
Australia

Email submissions, recommendations, or information on publications can be sent to me via email at:

jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com

For publishers

  • I am eager to consider work you are publishing. If you produce a magazine, chapbook, collection or anthology with any original stories in it please let me know. I am happy to accept email submissions. The most important thing is to make sure that I get to consider the best science fiction and fantasy published during 2014.
  • If you are publishing online please email copies of stories to jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com as early as possible. This is particularly important for stories published between October and December which may otherwise be overlooked.

For writers

  • I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get , Analog, F&SF, Interzone, Black Static, Postscripts etc, but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).
  • Please do not send an SASE. This is not a submission, and I’m unable to return manuscripts or respond directly to stories sent to me.
  • If I am considering your story for inclusion in  The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, I will be acquiring non-exclusive World anthology rights in English and foreign languages in print, audio and ebook.

2 thoughts on “Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 9”

  1. Hey Jonathan,
    Thanks for doing this. Can’t wait to submit.
    I do have one question though. I know it’s a given that you don’t submit multiple pieces by default unless stated otherwise, but I wanted to know how many stories you accept at a time, or if you want us to wait for a rejection/acceptance before sending another.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy Szal

  2. Hi Jeremy. This isn’t a submission per se. Instead you just need to let me know what pieces you’ve had published elsewhere. I can then look at those. I only am looking at previously published work for this book. You can let me know about/send me as many stories you want, provided they were or will be published between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2014. Best Jonathan

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