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 the United States 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, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 125 High St., Boston, MA, 02110. Stories published by online journals and magazines should be sent to email@example.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.
"The stories in this book offer readers passageway inside contemporary and age-old questions of what it means to live together in society, as well as what it takes to define and sustain oneself in difficult times. To read great fiction well is to live and breathe inside of it."— Heidi Pitlor
For the centennial celebration of the annual, 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories, Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary tour through a century of literature.
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories was named a best “gift book” by The New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and ArtVoice.
“Venturing into 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories is like entering a hallway lined with doors, and behind each is a tightly coiled tale just waiting to punch you in the gut. Short stories are dangerous that way. They startle. They shock. They illuminate. Which is why we keep going back for more.”—O., The Oprah Magazine