Cover art by Pascal Blanche.
Cover art by Pascal Blanche.
Volume 5 (covering 2019) of my Best Science Fiction of the Year series will be published later this year by Night Shade Books. The cover (art and names) you might see on some sites is just a placeholder. I’ll unveil the final one when I have a finished copy. Preorders for the hardcover (isbn: 978-1949102239) and trade paperback (isbn: 978-1949102222) are now available from most booksellers. I’m not sure why, but the ebook edition still isn’t listed. I’ll post updates as I get further information.
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When I’m selecting stories for The Best Science Fiction of the Year anthologies, there are always more amazing stories than I can possibly fit in the anthology. Towards the end, the calls can be very difficult and sometimes influenced by the amount of space left in the book or the availability of the work itself. (Believe it or not, sometimes a story is contractually prevented from being reprinted in a year’s best anthology.)
Here are the stories that I couldn’t include and instead listed in the Recommended Reading section of The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four:
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four can be ordered from:
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 will be published in mid-2020 and select from science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2019.
Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2019. To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright, magazine’s cover date, or posting date (primarily for online fiction) to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.
Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work.
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:
Print – mail to:
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980
EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
I strongly dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you have no other options.
Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in your cover letter or email.
Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher. To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published.
Stories published in the following magazines and anthologies do not need to be submitted. I already have (or will receive) them. UPDATED 2/18/2019
Magazines: Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Better Worlds (The Verge), Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Diabolical Plots, Escape Pod, F&SF, Fiction River, Future Tense Fiction (Slate), Galaxy’s Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Interzone, Lightspeed, Samovar, Shoreline of Infinity, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Uncanny, and Wired.
Anthologies: Readymade Bodhisattva, The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction, A People’s Future of the United States, The Weight of Light
Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.
Notes on publication dates:
Night Shade Books – July 2, 2019
ISBN-10: 1949102084 (hardcover), 1597809888 (trade paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1949102086 (hardcover), 978-1597809887 (trade paperback)
The fourth volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2018.
Available for preorder at:
Cover art: “Behemoth” by Mack Sztaba.
Reminder: If you edit, publish, or write SF short stories, novelettes, and/or novellas and want to make sure they are considered for inclusion in THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR, you should read these guidelines: neil-clarke.com/the-best-science-fiction-of-the-year-2018-submissions