Call for stories: The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 2 : The Saga Annual Anthology of SF

Saga Press

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.

Publication date

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.

Postal address

When sending material please put “Year’s Best Science Fiction” on the envelope.

Jonathan Strahan
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

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 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.

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, 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.

Year’s Best slowly beginning it’s journey


Friday morning coming down

Woke to the sad news that ICFA 41 has been cancelled, that the Australian cricket team will play New Zealand will play to empty stadiums, and that the Australian F1 has been postponed. Sensible decisions all, but my thoughts go out to everyone at ICFA (for whom this could be an existential threat), to everyone who has lost money on the trip, and to all of the small business owners and staff who no doubt have lost income and possibly jobs. Strange, challenging times.

Happier news is that Kristina Ten’s story, “Tend to Me”,  has been published at Lightspeed. Kris is one of the mighty Clarion West class of 2019 who have been selling stories all over the place lately and making Jack Dann and me incredibly happy.

Today is finishing binge reading the “Sean Duffy” novels, spending a little time doing some editing Miss 18 gets to work, seeing KJ for beer(!), and wondering if the world is ending. Stay safe and healthy out there, people.

Any other Thursday

Jonathan StrahanToday has not been a day of focus. Woke at 4.30 am, which is becoming more and more common, and then dealt with editorial and other emails before heading to the day job which was annoying without being terrible. I have started when we’ll start coronavirus precautions but no sign yet. Lots of announcements and exhortations to wash hands, but nothing else.

This weekend will be pretty social, which is nice. Keen to undo the lack of social contact with old friends, so the weekend will kick off with seeing Keira before a Cat Valente book signing on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. I need to find some time in there to get on top of work, including reading and editing some submissions and maybe finally writing some proposals. Perhaps time to dig out the ‘to do’ software and make some lists.

I’ve actually been reading quite a bit, which you can see from my Goodreads page, but not enough SF or F really. In fact, mostly the Adrian McKinty ‘Sean Duffy’ novels James Bradley recommended during his flying visit in February.  I seem to have inhaled them and am currently reading Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (another lifted Tom Waits lyric) while thinking I should be reading something else.

Two anthologies fell through my inbox this morning:  Ann VanderMeer’s second X-Prize book, Avatars Inc., which has an impressive table of contents, and Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe, from the fabulous Comma Press, so maybe they’ll drag me back to the fantastic. Who knows?

Episode 367: Ken Liu and the Power of Good Story

hiddengirl.jpgThis week Gary and Jonathan are joined by a long time friend of the podcast, Ken Liu, to discuss his new short story collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, approaching the end of his epic silkpunk fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, and how having good stories is more important to a society than having good institutions. Along the way, we talk about history, life, evolving art, and much, more more.

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is out now and The Veiled Throne is out early next year.

As always, we’d like to thank Ken for making time to join us and hope that you all enjoy the episode.  See you in two weeks with more!