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Call for Submissions for The Best Horror of the Year volume Four (2011)
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ellen_datlow
For those of you who just can't wait, here are the guidelines.

I am NO LONGER ACCEPTING ANYTHING FOR 2010.

Please read the below guidelines carefully. It should answer any of your questions. (I'll be very surprised if it doesn't and really grumpy if you query me about something clearly covered). Please pass them around although they should be appearing in various online market reports, news threads/venues, etc.


Call for Submissions

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 for stories is November 30th 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 December 15th, 2011.
Ellen Datlow
Best Horror of the Year Volume Four
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436

****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

How about podcasts? Do they count?
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If the story being podcast has not been published no, sorry.
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Really? The act of being podcast doesn't count as being published? I reprinted a story in The Living Dead that had only previously appeared on Pseudopod, and I certainly considered it a reprint.
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JJ Adams. Sure it could be considered "published" but I don't have time to listen to podcasts, which are reliant on the reader...If someone wants to send me a print out of their story that WAS podcast, fine.
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Oh, well sure, that makes sense. I thought you were saying podcasts don't count as being published and so aren't eligible for reprint in the anthology. I thought that's what the first commenter was asking. I assumed he/she meant, can then send you the text for consideration.
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I haven't had time to even THINK about 2011 as I'm finishing up 2010 so not too attentive or eager to clarify anything right now ;-)
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Quick Updates for 2011-01-06

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January 7, 2011 Links and Plugs

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Short Plays

(Anonymous)

2011-03-17 12:10 am (UTC)

Does this have to be prose-style writing, or are short horror playscripts considered?
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Sorry. No plays, no scripts of any kind.
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Submissions

(Anonymous)

2011-06-07 12:19 am (UTC)

Hi Ms. Datlow. I sent a story to you that you rejected because it was not previously published. Understandable since that is what you are interested in. However, I have what I think are very good unpublished short stories - and yes, what writer would think otherwise of his or her own work - that I would like to see in one of your anthologies. Are you planning any tomes presenting new or original works? If not, may I ask why. Thanks.
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I'm sorry but no, I have no open anthologies. Why don't you try ralan.com?
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Online Magazine Print Out

Somethin_Wicked

2011-11-08 12:54 pm (UTC)

Hi there, probably a stupid question but nonetheless, if I am submitting a printed version of an online magazine, do you need it to be printed single-sided or can I print on both sides of the page?
The document is 240 pages so just checking if I can save on paper and postage costs.

Thanks in advance
Joe
Editor
Something Wicked Magazine
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Re: Online Magazine Print Out

ellen_datlow

2011-11-08 03:21 pm (UTC)

Hi Joe, yes, you can but please only send me the stories, not the non fiction--and only the stories published for the first time (I've no idea if you publish reprints but if so I don't want to see those).
Thanks
ellen
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Dear Ms. Datlow,

Will you consider flash fiction for this anthology?

Sincerely,

Alex
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I do -where was it published?
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Daily Science Fiction
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I THINK I heard from the publisher--could you check that they're sending me all the horror stories-- I'd prefer to see everything they've got rather than piecemeal.
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Will check with them, thank you.
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Miners Farm

(Anonymous)

2011-11-12 12:42 pm (UTC)

Hi Ellen Datlow,

I'm not sure if you've heard of the dark anthology called "Comes the night" but my story "Miners Farm" has been included in that which I was hoping you would consider. However, after reading through the copy a noticed a lot of problems that slipped past the editor and I made changes to the original manuscript. My question is, can I send the revised manuscripts that was improved on the old one that was published.

I'm not sure if you have the book, I think the publisher did send a copy to you.

I'll check back for any updates.

Many thanks
Shane
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Hi Shane,
Sorry but I've already read and covered that anthology.
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Hi Ellen,

I'm in a Zombie Antho called 'Holiday of the Dead' with a short of mine entitled 'The Zombie Whisperer' have you or will you be including that in your Best Horror 2011?
If you don't have the antho would it be possible for me to send you a print-out of my short? I only have the one book which I would like to keep if possible.

Many thanks,
Bob Lock
Wales UK
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Re: Holiday of the Dead

ellen_datlow

2011-11-14 03:32 pm (UTC)

I've received the anthology, so that won't be necessary.
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Re: Holiday of the Dead

Bob Lock

2011-11-14 04:15 pm (UTC)

Ahh great :)
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
Bob
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Best Horror - Volume 4

(Anonymous)

2011-11-29 01:36 am (UTC)

Hi Ellen

My ghost / horror story 'The Judges' has just been published by RuneWright in their 'Best Served Cold' anthology.

Can I email you the PDF since posting will not ensure the piece arrives in time (I'm currently in the Empty Quarter on the Arabian Peninsula and will not be back near a post office in Abu Dhabi until Thursday, 8 December)?

Paul A. Freeman
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Re: Best Horror - Volume 4

ellen_datlow

2011-11-29 01:46 am (UTC)

Sure
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