The Best American
Mystery Stories 2013
While I engage in a relentless quest to locate and read every mystery/crime/suspense story published, I live in terror that I will miss a worthy story, so if you are an author, editor or publisher, or care about one, please feel free to send a book, magazine or tearsheet to me c/o The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, New York, N.Y. 10007. If it first appeared electronically, you must submit a hard copy. It is vital to include the author's contact information. No unpublished material will be considered for what should be obvious reasons.No material will be returned. If you distrust the postal service, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard.
To be eligible, a story must have been written by an American or Canadian and first published in an American or Canadian publication in the calendar year 2012. The earlier in the year I receive the story, the more fondly I regard it. For reasons known only to the nitwits who wait until Christmas week to submit a story published the previous spring, holding eligible stories for months before submitting them occurs every year, causing much gnashing of teeth while I read a stack of stories while my wife and friends are trimming the Christmas tree or otherwise celebrating the holiday season. It had better be a damned good story if you do this. Because of the very tight production schedule for this book, the absolute firm deadline is December 31. If the story arrives one day later, it will not be read. This is neither whimsical nor arbitrary, but absolutely necessary in order to meet publishing schedules. Sorry.