The stories chosen for this anthology were originally published between January 2012 and January 2013. The criteria for consideration are:

 1. Original publication in nationally distributed American or Canadian periodicals;
 2. Publication in English by writers who are American or Canadian, or who have made the United States their home; and
 3. Original publication as short stories (excerpts of novels are not knowingly considered).

A list of magazines consulted for this volume appears at the back of the book. Editors who would like short fiction from their publications to be considered for next year's edition should send their publications or hard copies of online publications by mid-January to:

Heidi Pitlor
c/o The Best American Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
222 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

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