Call for Submissions 2016 – Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4.
Each volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction will feature a different Guest Editor. Laird Barron guest-edited Vol. 1, and Kathe Koja was guest editor for Vol. 2. Simon Strantzas guest-edited Vol. 3, and Helen Marshall is guest-editing Vol. 4
This is a reprint fiction anthology, to be published in 2016. Series Editor Michael Kelly, and Guest Editor Helen Marshall are seeking material first published this year only, 2016. To be clear, only weird fiction published in 2016 is eligible for inclusion in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4.
This is for 2016 material only!
Our remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and featuring a helping of the outré. Weird fiction, at its best, is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the laws of Nature. It counts among its proponents older and newer writers alike: Robert Aickman, Laird Barron, Charles Beaumont, Ambrose Bierce, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Thomas Ligotti, Kelly Link, H. P. Lovecraft, Simon Strantzas, and many others.
Please send electronic or digital copies only, please! PDFs are preferred, but will also accept text files (Word), Mobi, or ePub. Publishers and editors only are encouraged to send their books, journals, magazines to:
Deadline for all material is December 15, 2016, no exceptions, but sooner (much sooner) is better. Late submissions may not receive proper consideration, especially if we receive a majority of the material at deadline.
Writers: Please do not send unsolicited material. Urge your publisher or editor to send in any relevant work. Feel free to query with any questions or recommendations.
Please note: Only writers whose work is selected for the volume will be contacted.
I am afraid we are not considering any self-published work.
Michael Kelly & Helen Marshall
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4