Dzanc Books' Best of the Web series is a yearly anthology compiling the best fiction, poetry, and non-fiction published in online literary journals. Previous editions have been guest-edited by Steve Almond, Lee K. Abbott, and Kathy Fish, and have published award-winning writers such as Chris Bachelder, Robert Olen Butler, Dan Chaon, Kim Chinquee, Elizabeth Crane, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, Stephen Graham Jones, Ander Monson, Christine Schutt, Terese Svoboda, and Kevin Wilson, as well as many of today's most exciting emerging fiction writers, poets, and essayists.
I'm happy to announce that this year's guest editor will be Adam Robinson, the founding editor of Publishing Genius, a small press based in Baltimore, and the author of two books of poetry, including Adam Robison and Other Poems.
Publishing Genius is a true force in the online literary world, and one of the finest examples of how the internet might be used to reach readers, writers, and other members of our community.
Of course, that's just his work as an editor and publisher, and doesn't even begin to cover his own writing, or his blogging, or his passionate and heartfelt promotion of the work of others through book reviews, interviews, and live events. We couldn't be happier about having such a champion of independent literature working on this year's Best of the Web, and I trust his unique eye for quality and innovation will help provide the core of another excellent volume.As in past years, Best of the Web 2011 will include interviews with contributors, a list of the year's other Notable Stories, and a comprehensive index of over 900 online journals considered for inclusion in the anthology, including information on how to submit to each journal. This additional content will offer an added value by providing new opportunities for readers and writers alike.
All editors of online literary journals are also invited to submit their nominations for this year's edition. Please see the guidelines below for further information, as well as the Best of the Web section of our website.
Feel free to pass this call for nominations along to other editors or to post it online at your journal's blog, as our e-mail list—while extensive—is certainly not complete, and there may be journals we have not yet reached who would be interested in submitting nominations and in being a part of our index.
HOW TO NOMINATE WORK FOR BEST OF THE WEB 2011
Writing in Best of the Web 2011 will be selected by guest editor Adam Robinson alongside series editor Matt Bell and other in-house Dzanc editors.
Nominations for Best of the Web 2011 will be accepted from September 15, 2010 until October 31st, 2010. Each online literary journal is allowed to nominate up to three works they've published, in any combination of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
To be eligible, works must have been published exclusively online between November 1st, 2009 and October 31st, 2010.
To nominate your three choices, please use the form on our website, making a separate entry for each nomination and being sure to fill out the required fields completely. Not only will this ensure that we receive your nomination, it will also help us include your journal in our index of online literary magazines that will appear in the 2011 book and here on the website.
Our judging process will be complete by early January, after which we will send e-mail notifications to those editors whose works have been selected for inclusion in this year's anthology, as well as requests for reprint rights from the writers selected.
Thank you very much for your interest in Best of the Web, and for the impressive work you do at your individual journal. It's our deep belief that the internet publishing scene produces much of the most innovative and interesting work being printed anywhere, and it is our great honor to read your nominations in the hopes of spreading the very best of that work to new audiences.