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Call for Submissions: Best Horror of the Year volume 6 (2013 material only)

Call for Submissions

I am editing the anthology series Best Horror of the Year (Night Shade Books) and am currently reading for the sixth volume, which will include all material published in 2013. Reprints only.

I am looking for stories and poetry 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 2013. Submission deadline for stories is December 1st 2013. 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 unless you live outside the US.  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, poetry, 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, 2013.

Ellen Datlow

Best Horror of the Year Volume Six

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 DancePostscripts, 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, please have your publishers send me email files of your stories. I will also accept printouts of stories produced and first “published” in 2013 as podcasts.

Please do not send an 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.

thank you


Ellen Datlow

Editor and reviewer


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Hi Ellen,

Just checking first, do you already read Horror Garage online? (Because I have a flash fic there.) I can send it if you don't/haven't.

Marcy Italiano

I didn't even know it came back from the dead. No I don't so please mail me a printout.

Consider it sent. And yeah, if you ever go to the site you can see a really old picture of Mark McLaughlin in the Features section. LOL!

Thanks...maybe I'll go look :-)

Which email address is it best to send to? Livejournal?

Unless you from outside the US I want print submissions only. If you are from outside the US you can use datlow at yahoo dot com.

Nightmare/Lightspeed aren't on your list. Are they among the venues you already read?

Fever Dreams Magazine

I was wondering if you had recieved anything about Fever Dreams Magazine in the UK. It may not be appearing on the radar in the US but its a pretty big deal over here in the UK.

Re: Fever Dreams Magazine

Nope. Never heard of it. I see they're online and will check it out.

Edited at 2013-09-30 07:42 pm (UTC)

Hi Ellen,

I'd like to submit a story that was published in Nightmare Magazine, an online magazine edited by John Joseph Adams. Is this a magazine that you already receive?

As I live outside the US, I'd like to email the story if not, but I can print it out and send it if that is more convenient :)



Re: Nightmare Magazine

I already see it regularly so don't need to get individual stories. Thanks for checking.


Well, i'm kind of in a mood to whine a little :D, been trying to find a decent horror movie lately, I couldn't! nothing is scary anymore, nobody afraid of vampires and zombies or serial killers anymore. the only scary thing I was able to find on the net was scary maze at http://scarymazeworld.com/ :((( horror novels are my last hope lol

I loved the recent movie Stoker.

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