The Mysterious Bookshop Presents The Best Mysteries of the Year 2021

Call for Submissions

Otto Penzler and Lee Child Want You!

Attention, all short story-writing types–timeworn veterans, eager newcomers, and all those who fall in between–the folks at New York City’s landmark Mysterious Bookstore are now screening submissions for The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mysteries of the Year 2021 through the end of the year. It’s the first in what will hopefully be a long running anthology series, and they’re certainly kicking things off with a bang: the guest editor is Lee Child, and the series editor–in case you didn’t see it coming–is Otto Penzler. Maybe you heard of him.

Anyway, if you think your story, which was published in 2020, has all the right stuff, don’t be shy. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020, although co-editor Michele Slung points out that “the earlier sent in the better, simply because of the holidays, which even this time around should still prove distracting.”

Please include some documentation, as to where the story was initially published and when. (Which must be between January 1st and December 31st, 2020.

Also, the authors no longer have to be only American or Canadian; however, no translations, please.

And if you didn’t have a story published this year, feel free to pass the info on. Remember: the more reaching out, the better.

Copies should be mailed to (no digital submissions):

Otto Penzler
58 Warren Street
New York NY 10007

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