Best Horror anthology — call for submissions

From Ellen Datlow: “I am editing the anthology series Best Horror of the Year (Night Shade Books) and am currently reading for the fourth volume, which will include all material published in 2011.

I am looking for stories from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech SF horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark thrillers, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published in 2011. Submission deadline is 30 November 2011. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you’re in or you publish is coming out in December, you can send me galleys or manuscripts so that I can judge the stories in time. No email submissions. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies to me as I don’t have time or energy to nag publishers to get me material. I request it once (maybe twice) and that’s it.


There will be a summation of ‘the year in horror’ in the front of the volume. This will include novels, nonfiction, art books, and ‘odds and ends’– material that doesn’t fit elsewhere but that I feel might interest the horror reader. But I must be aware of this material in order to mention it. The deadline for receipt of material for this section is 15 December 2011.

I do not want to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive (like Interzone, Black Static, Crimewave, Cemetery Dance,  Realms of Fantasy, Postscripts, Weird Tales, F&SF and the other digests, etc) or from anthologies and collections, unless I don’t have or can’t get that anthology or collection. Please contact your publisher and ask him/her to send me the magazine or book.

For online publications, I prefer print submissions, so if your publisher doesn’t send them out please do so yourself.

Please do not send a SASE. If I choose a story you will be informed. If you want to confirm that I‘ve received something, enclose a self-addressed-stamped postcard and I will let you know the date it arrived. For stories that appear on the web, please send me (or have the publisher send me) print-outs of your story. Thanks.”

Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year Volume Four, PMB 391, 511 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011-8436, USA