Heidi Pitlor has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007.  The Best American Short Stories is the longest-running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. Each year, Pitlor works with a different guest editor to select the best twenty short stories that were published in print and online magazines.


The qualifications for selection are (1) original publication in nationally distributed American or Canadian periodicals; (2) publication in English by writers who are from, live in, or have made North America their home; (3) original publication as short stories (excerpts of novels are not considered).


Editors who wish their short fiction to be considered for next year's edition should send their publications to Heidi Pitlor, c/o The Best American Short Stories, P.O. Box 60, Natick, MA, 01760. Stories published by online journals and magazines should be sent to thebestamericanshortstories@gmail.com. Stories must be received by December 31st of the year that they were published to be considered for The Best American Short Stories. Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to individual submissions from authors, but will consider work that meets the above criteria.

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"These twenty stories make me hopeful for the state of American short fiction. Here are writers digging deep and reckoning with the implications of the #MeToo movement, a future of population control, childhood, adolescent bullying, long-term love, infidelity, mythology, and art." 

                                                                       -Heidi Pitlor

"I LOVED reading these stories...I want to make sure you... know how much I admire the work in this anthology, how much joy it brought me, how dazzled I was by its individual and collective creativity, wisdom, daring, humor and poignance."

                                        -Curtis Sittenfeld, Guest Editor