Submitting to “The Best American Series” made easy by Adrienne Ross Scanlan.

After reading these two posts about getting into Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Series, “About Childhood” subscriber Adrienne Ross Scanlan went into full research mode, resulting in this guest post.

Thank you, Adrienne!



Each volume in the series has a slightly different submission format. Click on the cover of the volume that interests you. If you don’t see your volume, click any cover to rotate the volumes. Finding yours, double-click to go inside. Some volumes offer a link marked “submissions.” Others simply list “contact,” or “series editor.”


By the end of the calendar year (so for 2013, you need to send pieces by December, 2012). The sooner sent, the better. Some series’ editors won’t read anything sent after December 31st of the given year. Others may read into the first week of January before shutting the door. Firmly.


Did you know that you could?

If an anthology’s guidelines allow it, you can nominate yourself. Some series editors allow only magazine editors to nominate. (Don’t be shy about asking one of your editors to nominate your work.) Still others, such as Tim Folger at Best American Science and Nature Writing, allow nominations from readers, writers or editors.

Adrienne Ross (writing as Adrienne Ross Scanlan) is the Nonfiction Editor of the new, on-line magazine, Blue Lyra Review. You can find her on Facebook and Shewrites as Adrienne Ross Scanlan.

Author: allehall

I am a writer. I write to explore childhood: literary essays and short fiction, journalism, and three haiku. My published work expresses my belief that everything which did or did not happen to me as a child is manifesting in everything that is or is not happening to me today. More importantly, it is also manifesting for my children. I believe funny is the new navel-gazing, and that the best funny keeps a penny's worth of serious in an accessible pocket. Little-known fact: I have a completed novel decorating the inside of a desk drawer. Perhaps it is not funny enough.

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