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Submissions to the fourth volume of the award-winning Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology are now open.

Where to submit

If you published a short story in any SF or Fantasy genre in 2021, please send it as a Word doc along with a 50-word bio to for consideration in this year’s volume.

Payment is 2c per word for global non-exclusive reprint rights in paperback and digital formats.

Deadline 1 March 2022.

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New guest editor

Paper Road Press is pleased to welcome Emily Brill-Holland as the guest editor for the next Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy anthology.

Emily Brill-Holland is a real-life bard, having trained in both acting and publishing. She is an Associate Editor for American literary journal F(r)iction and Editorial Assistant for Brink Literacy Project, as well as a professional ttrpg game master. In her spare time, she has a podcast Please Fix This By Friday and can often be found scrolling through SledDog Twitter. A Sir Julius Vogel finalist, she has been published in Dually Noted and Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, volume 3. She is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

The Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies celebrate the best in local short speculative fiction each year. Emily is greatly excited by the depth of local talent and can’t wait to see your stories.


Emily is available to interview – please contact Elizabeth Heritage,


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Announcing a new anthology series

SFF writing in this country is going from strength to strength, but it’s all too easy for those short stories that shine like shooting stars to fade like them, too. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the first volume of the YEAR’S BEST AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY will be published later this year.

Submission details can be found here.

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Call for Submissions: SHORTCUTS Track 2: The Lit Track

Paper Road Press is pleased to announce a call for submissions for Track 2 of our SHORTCUTS novella series. Again, we are specifically looking to publish fiction of between 10,000 to 20,000 words, but this time we’re keen on all genres and types of stories. Accepted writers will work with some outstanding New Zealand editors to bring their stories to publication, including Thomasin Sleigh (author of Ad Lib), Rosabel Tan (editor of The Pantograph Punch) and Rachel O’Neill (author of One Human in Height).

The curator for Track 2 is Matt McGregor.

Please send submissions as .doc or .rtf attachments to with ‘Submission: SHORTCUTS Track 2: [Title]’ in the subject line.

Deadline 1 June 2015.

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