I'm the editor of the Best Music Writing series, an anthology now in its tenth year of publishing the year’s best writing on topics music-related. I’m honored to be working with Greil Marcus for the upcoming 2009 book, and hope you can help me make this the best book in the series.
My job is tough. I am responsible for reading all the music publications in the English language and selecting 100 pieces from these publications for possible reprint in the volume. It helps a lot to get suggestions from writers, editors, and music writing fans who read every day.
This year, as in every year, I am looking for brilliant features, essays, profiles, news articles, interviews, creative non-fiction, fiction, book reviews, long-format reviews, blog posts, and journal articles on musical and music culture-related topics. When I say “music” I mean that broadly to include all genres, time periods, and performers. And just in case this matters, I am do not consider books, book chapters, liner notes, or transcripts of broadcast journalism.
I ask you to please send your own best work, work you’ve edited or overseen, great work of your friends and colleagues, or work that you have admired in passing throughout the year. You can send me email links, hard copies of articles, whole publications (please paperclip or post-it the pages to read), or if need be, just email me with the author name/article title/publication title/date and I will search the piece out myself.
If you are an editor, please limit the number of submissions to your publication's best, most favored, most original and important works. You can share my email with your writers too, so they can nominate their own works.
Feel free to mail me multiple times as you find more pieces that you love, and you can send items between now and February 1, 2009. Of course, you are free to forward this and repost it – please just make sure my contact information is contained:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
603 West 115th Street #120
NY, NY 10025