I edit the The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series for Saga Press. The first volume in the series will be published in September 2020, and the second will appear in September 2021.
I am currently reading for the second volume and am looking for stories from all branches of science fiction — space opera to cyberpunk and beyond (pretty much, if you think it’s science fiction it is) — that were published anywhere in the world during 2020. Stories published in translation are eligible provided they appeared in English for the first time during 2020. If in doubt, please send your work.
This is a reprint anthology. Stories must have been published for the first time in English* between 1 January and 31 December 2020.
The submission deadline for this year’s book is:
1 November 2020
Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you are in or that you edit is coming out before 31 December 2020 please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.
The second volume of the series is scheduled for publication in September 2021.
Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length works in print (especially anthologies). Books, stories etc can be sent to me via email. I prefer ePub, .mobi, .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are not accepted. 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 Science Fiction” on the envelope.
P.O. Box 544
Mt Lawley, WA 6929
Email submissions, recommendations, or information on publications can be sent to me via email at:
jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com
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 in 2020.
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.
I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get Analog, Asimov’s, 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 Year’s Best Science Fiction, I will be acquiring non-exclusive World anthology rights in English and foreign languages in print, audio and ebook. I cannot split these rights or agree to term limits.
News and information
I will be published an overview of science fiction in 2020 as an introduction to the volume. Please send news and information to jonathan.strahan (at) Gmail (dot) com.