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The Best American Short Stories is the premier showcase for the country’s finest short fiction, featuring unforgettable stories by both renowned writers and exciting newcomers.

Important: Reprints only of work published in nationally-distributed American or Canadian publications in the previous calendar year.
Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to Americans and Canadians.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Fiction Open

Rolling Submissions:
Next cutoff date is 31 December 2024* (approx. 302 days from now). 1
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
No OK OK Unknown UnknownText format submissions
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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Dates

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2023
Last Audited: 02 Oct 2023 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 11 Oct 2017

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