The Best Horror of the Year—PMB 391, 511 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011-8436. Editor: Ellen Datlow. “I edit The Best Horror of the Year for Night Shade Books and am currently reading for the twelfth volume, covering material published in 2019.”
“I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: supernatural, uncanny, sf horror, psychological, dark crime, terror tales, or anything else that might qualify. This is an all reprint anthology, so I’ll only consider material published in 2019. Authors, please confirm that your publishers are sending me review copies. If a book or magazine is coming out after my deadline, I’ll look at galleys or manuscripts. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. The only excuse is if you’re a foreign publisher and shipping everything at one time saves postage. If you want your work to get a fair read, do not do this. I do not have time to carefully read a year’s worth of magazine issues and 10-20 original anthologies in two weeks.”
“I’ll look at e-versions of anthos and collections only if they’re navigable and have running heads. Otherwise, they won’t be read. I always prefer print, if available.”
“Authors can query as to whether I have/need your collection or an anthology/magazine in which you have a story at [E-mail address below].”
“My summation of ‘the year in horror’ in the front of every volume includes novels, anthologies, collections, chapbooks, nf, poetry, art books, and ‘odds and ends’—material that doesn’t fit elsewhere but that might interest horror readers. But I must be aware of this material in order to mention it.
“*** I regularly cover many magazines/webzines that publish horror (Black Static, Cemetery Dance, F&SF, The Dark, Nightmare, crime digests, and webzines such as Horrorzine, Uncanny, Apex, etc.—when their publishers send me the material).”
“Please ask your publisher to send the entire magazine or book—unless the venue doesn’t regularly publish horror. In that case, you can send me a Word file of your story. For online publications, E-mail individual word DOC files—not PDF files—including on the manuscript where the story has been published.”
“If I choose a story you will be informed. Otherwise, you will not hear back.”
Borderlands 7—Borderlands Press, PO Box 61, Benson MD 21019. Editor: Olivia F. Monteleone. UPDATE OF AN UPDATE!
KP Note: A year or so ago, I asked publisher Thomas Monteleone for more details about what they want. Also, note the deadline extension. “We do not want any familiar horror/dark fantasy/weird settings, situations, or tropes like ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc. We want writers to stretch and show us something we have never read before. Bentley Little’s ‘The Pounding Room’ or Platt’s ‘All Hands’ or Braunbeck’s ‘Rami Temporales’ are good examples of a Borderlands story.”
“We are seeing too many tired, familiar, and predictable plots and characters. I can’t be more specific than that.”
And here is yet another update from Publisher Monteleone: “Despite getting many hundreds of submissions, we still have not encountered enough fiction that reflects the type of stories that define what the Borderlands series is all about. The previous two volumes both won Bram Stoker Awards™, and we want Volume 7 to be equally as strong. That’s two years’ worth of reading, and we are still looking to fill almost half the pages. Simultaneous subs are fine—life’s too short to wait on us. The only caveat: if you’ve never read a Borderlands anthology, your chances of selling us your work is pretty slim.”
And here are the rest of the guidelines.
“We are back! Sooner than you expected? Definitely. Sooner than you could have ever imagined? Probably.”
“After the positive feedback from Borderlands 6, we’ve decided to do it again … except this time there’s been a shift in leadership and I’ve been passed the proverbial torch. Man, I am excited and you should be too—things are about to get even weirder.”
“For Borderlands 7 I’m looking for pretty much the same kinds of fiction: no clichés, nothing familiar. I don’t want to see vampires, killer plants, shrinking humans, werewolves, trolls, goblins, ghouls, once-upon-a-times, zombies, ghosts, found footage, etc. If you have a story in your arsenal and you wonder if hmm … this one might fall into one of the above tropes, it probably does. So just don’t send. Work out something else and send it in! And if you’ve never read a Borderlands anthology, I don’t think you have a chance of selling a story to me.”
“Not into writing, but into weird?”
“I’m looking for cover art. As far as the visual art goes I don’t want anything I listed above to be represented. Other than that I’m very open to different styles. Send samples from your portfolio and we can collaborate, OR send a piece you think would fit the anthology. Artwork deadline is [Check with editor].”
“Editing Volume 6 was a great experience; I am thrilled to commence work on Volume 7. The stories in Borderlands 6 were AMAZING in their variety and originality, and that’s the caliber of story I am looking for … and I can’t say this enough: before submitting, pick up a previous volume to get a sense of what the series is all about. Please do not let a past rejection stop you from submitting. Never been published? Submit. Been published for forty years? Submit. Write a good story. Scare yourself. Make your s/o’s wonder who their partner is. Confuse your friends. Make sure I don’t sleep at night because I can’t get your story out of my head.”
“I want all of your stories in my hands by [the deadline below]. Hard copies ONLY.”
Deadline: “Extended until we get enough great stories.”