Wesleyan University Press is proud to be the home of the Best American Experimental Writing anthology series, now in its fifth year. Please use the submission window below to submit your work for BAX 2019, guest-edited by Joyelle McSweeney and Carmen Maria Machado. The submission window will remain open from September 1st until November 1st. 

For more about the anthology, as well as to purchase previous editions, please click here. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to read your work!
Ends on November 1, 2017$9.00

Guest Editors: Joyelle McSweeney and Carmen Maria Machado

Series Editors: Seth Abramson and Jesse Damiani

The Best American Experimental Writing anthology ("BAX" for short) is an annual anthology of innovative texts. BAX 2019 will be published by Wesleyan University Press in the summer of 2019.

General Guidelines for Submissions

This is a two-month open reading period for all writers, with no limitations on the amount or type of writing a writer has published previously. A minimum of 20% of the selections for each edition of Best American Experimental Writing will be made by the series editors, with the assistance of the guest editor, from unsolicited submissions received during this open reading period via Wesleyan's Submittable web page. 

All unsolicited submissions from Wesleyan's Submittable web page are read anonymously by the guest editor, series editors, and a small number of preliminary readers; please do not include any acknowledgments with your submission, or any identifying information on or in the submitted pieces themselves (for instance, do not include a cover letter, letterhead, header, footer, or literary biography). If you do include identifying information in your submission your entry will not be disqualified, but the identifying information will be removed before your submission is read. The cost for submission is $9 for three pieces of writing or nine pages (whichever is fewer).

The pieces of writing may have been previously published in literary magazines, anthologies, or single-author collections, though this is by no means required. Likewise, pieces of writing may be published subsequent to submission, as the anthology asks only for world serial rights for any poem(s) selected, not first serial rights. Our only requirement is that previously published pieces of writing submitted to the anthology be first published (whether in print or online) in 2017, and not in previous years.

Multiple submissions during this two-month reading period are both permitted and encouraged; however, a separate reading fee will be required for each 3 pieces of writing or 9-page submission. Simultaneous submissions to other venues are likewise permitted and encouraged. If your work is selected for the anthology, we will ask you to inform us of any previous publication of the piece(s) so that this can be properly acknowledged in the anthology. You DO NOT need to withdraw submissions that are accepted elsewhere. 

Only online submissions are accepted; entries must be received via our Wesleyan online Submittable web page between September 1st, 2017 and November 1st, 2017.

If you have ever been a colleague, student, and/or close friend of the guest editor or the series editors Seth Abramson and Jesse Damiani, there is a question on the Wesleyan Submittable web page where you can indicate any editors with whom you have had such a relationship. Please indicate such a relationship with an editor or editors, so your submission can be read by someone other than the editor or editors you know. 

Selections for the anthology will be announced publicly in summer 2018, though authors whose work is selected will be notified electronically in spring of that year. We may ask to excerpt selected pieces of writing for the anthology or for promotional purposes; however, work will not be excerpted or used for promotion without prior permission from its author(s).