Editors Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein of the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction anthology series (from the Kaleidoscope imprint of Twelfth Planet Press) are currently reading for the fourth volume, comprising material published in 2016, to be released in 2017.

We are looking for the best young adult short stories of 2016 in the speculative fiction genre to bring them together in one accessible collection.

What is YA? We define the Young Adult arena of speculative fiction as being multi-faceted. All the stories we choose feature teens, but it’s not just about the age of the protagonist; it’s not just about the generally accepted “coming of age” story; it’s not just stories about young people and the (figurative or literal) journey they are on in life. We’re not afraid of stories that shine a dark light on human nature, if it is relevant to the YA theme being explored. We aren’t scared of things that go bump in the night. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the subgenres associated with these. We want to explore diversity in all forms, because young people are diverse, and they want to see themselves and their friends in the stories they read. 

This is a REPRINT anthology so we are only considering material first published in 2016.

Submission deadline for individual stories is 31st December 2016.

We regularly read many anthologies, collections, magazines and webzines that publish speculative fiction (Analog, Asimov’s, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor, Uncanny, etc).

PUBLISHERS: Please send e-copies (in Word, PDF and/or Mobi format) or hard copies, at your discretion. If your publication appears on the Web only, please send us the link.

Electronic Submissions should be directed to: contact@twelfthplanetpress.com

Print Submissions should be directed to:
Alisa Krasnostein
PO Box 3027
Yokine WA 6060
Australia

For US print copies, please send a query and we’ll let you know where to direct them. 

READERS: We appreciate your recommendations. Please use the subject header Year’s Best YA Recommendation and email contact@twelfthplanetpress.com

WRITERS: Please feel free to let us know if you have a story you believe might interest us, whether it is in a venue we regularly read or not. If we have not already received a copy of it elsewhere, we may ask you to provide one.