Submission Guidelines

BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

Current Status

BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY open
BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY : Science Fiction open
BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY : Fantasy open

Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy

SELECTION CRITERIA

The stories chosen for this anthology must meet ALL of the following criteria:

1. The original publication of the story must be in a nationally distributed American or Canadian publication (i.e., periodicals, collections, or anthologies, in print, online, or ebook form);

2. The story must be written in English and written by a writer who is American or Canadian, or who has made the United States his or her home;

3. The story must be published as text (audio fiction is not considered unless it also appears as text);

4. The original publication of the story must be as short fiction (excerpts of novels are not knowingly considered);

5. Story length must be 17,499 words or less;

6. The story must be at least loosely categorized as science fiction or fantasy (horror is acceptable if it also has elements of science fiction or fantasy);

7. The story must be published by someone other than the author (i.e., self-published works are not eligible);

8. The story must be an original work of the author (i.e., not part of a media tie-in/licensed fiction program);

9. The story must have been originally published between January 1 and December 31 of the eligibility year.

Authors

If you are a writer and would like to submit your own short fiction for consideration directly via our Moksha submissions portal.

Editors/Publishers

If you’d like to submit complete magazine issues, anthologies, or collections that you edited or published please email johnjosephadams+BASFF@gmail.com. Please ensure that your publication meets item #1 of the selection criteria.

Submission Responses

Because this is a best-of-the-year anthology that will be considering thousands of stories, no rejections will be sent out; instead you will just be notified if we wish to include your story in this year’s volume. No decisions will be made until after the end of the year and all stories have been considered equally. Final selections for each volume will be made in the March following the eligibility year.

Submission Periods

  • Volume 1 of BASFF was published in October 2015, collecting the best material originally published in 2014.
  • Volume 2 of BASFF was published in October 2016, collecting the best material originally published in 2015.
  • Volume 3 of BASFF will be published in October 2017, collecting the best material originally published in 2016. [submissions CLOSED]
  • Volume 4 of BASFF will be published in October 2018, collecting the best material originally published in 2017. [submissions OPEN]

ANONYMIZED SUBMISSIONS

When you submit your story, please strip the manuscript of your name (including your byline), address, and venue of original publication. (So the title should be the only identifying information. Don't worry about your file name, as our system renames all the files.) Our submission system will track that information and thus we can keep it separate from the stories themselves.