The Best American
Sports Writing 2013
Each year I read every issue of hundreds of sports and general interest and magazines in search of writing that might merit inclusion in The Best American Sports Writing. I also write or e-mail the editors of many hundreds of newspapers and magazines and request submissions, and send e-mail notices to hundreds of readers and writers whose addresses I have accumulated over the years. I search for writing all over the internet and make regular stops at online sources like Sportsdesk.org, Gangrey.com, Byliner.com, Longreads.com, Longform.org, Ladyjournos.tumblr.com and other sites where notable sports writing is presented or discussed. This is still less than satisfactory so each year I also encourage everyone – readers and writers, friend an family, enemies and editors - to send me stories they believe should appear in this volume. Writers, in particular, are encouraged to submit – do not shy away from sending me either your own work or the work of others for consideration.
All submissions to the upcoming edition must be made according to the following criteria:
• Must be column length or longer.
• Must have been published in 2013.
• Must not be a re-print or book excerpt.
• Must be published in the United States or Canada.
• Must be received by February 1, 2014.
All submissions from either print or online publications must be made in hard copy and should include the name of the author, date of publication, publication name and address. Photocopies, tear sheets or clean copies are fine. Readable reductions to 8 ½ x 11 are preferred. Newspaper submissions should be of the hard copy or copy of the same as originally published – not a printout. Since newsprint can suffer in transit, newspaper stories are best copied and made legible. If the story also appeared on-line, inclusion of the appropriate URL is often helpful. While there is no limit to the number of submissions either an individual or a publication may make, please use common sense. Due to the volume of material I receive, no submissions can be returned or acknowledged, and it is inappropriate for me to comment on or critique any submission. Publications that want to be absolutely certain their contributions are considered are advised to provide a complimentary subscription to the address listed below. Those that already do so should extend the subscription for another year.
All submissions must be made by U.S. Mail – weather conditions in mid-winter here at BASW headquarters mean I often cannot receive UPS or Fed Ex submissions. Electronic submissions by any means – by email or Twitter – or URLs or PDF’s or documents of any kind, are not acceptable – hard copy print-outs only. The February 1 deadline is real and work received after that date may not be considered.
Please submit either an original or clear paper copy of each story, including publication name, author and date the story appeared, to:
P.O. Box 549
Alburgh, VT 05440
Those with questions or comments may contact me at email@example.com. Copies of previous editions of this book can be ordered through most bookstores or on-line book dealers. An index of stories that have appeared in this series can be found at my website, glennstout.net, as can full instructions of how to submit a story. For updated information, readers and writers are also encouraged to join The Best American Sports Writing group on Facebook, or to follow me on Twitter @GlennStout.