For any publishers who had horror collections, anthologies, artbooks, nonfiction, or chapbooks out in 2006 and haven’t yet sent them to Ellen Datlow for review for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, there’s still a little time. For authors, if you’re not sure that Datlow received your work from your publisher, check with the publisher first.

Datlow co-edits the World Fantasy Award winning anthology series The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin’s Press) with Kelly Link & Gavin Grant. They are now reading for the 20th volume, which will include all material published in the year 2006.

“I am looking for stories from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech science fiction horror, psychological horror, dark thrillers, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it,” says Datlow. “This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published during the year 2006. Submission deadline for stories is December 15th 2006. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you’re in or you edit is coming out by December 31st 2006 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 out 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.

“I do not want to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (like Interzone, The Third Alternative, Cemetery Dance, Subterranean, Postscripts, Weird Tales, F&SF, etc) or from anthologies and collections, unless I don’t have or can’t get that anthology or collection. And 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.”

Send material to: Ellen Datlow, Year’s Best Horror, PMB 391, 511 Avenue of The Americas, New York, NY 10011-8436

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