The Best American Science and Nature Writing is open to submissions from publishers, editors, readers, and writers. (Writers are welcome to nominate their own work, though I appreciate if you keep it to three pieces or fewer.)


Submissions for work published in 2019 are now closed. To submit a piece published in 2020, use this form. Please do not send submissions via email.

Eligibility: Pieces must have been published, online or in print, by an American or Canadian publication in 2020. They must be about science, nature, or the environment. There are no length restrictions or requirements. Essays are eligible, poetry is not, nor are excerpts from books. Submissions are open through December 20, 2020. (Work published between 12/20 and 12/31 may be submitted until 12/31.)

If you would like to send a full magazine issue (or subscription), or if you have other questions, email me at

Thank you!

Guest Editor: Sy Montgomery

"The works in this annual anthology are lyrical, emotional, moving, and insightful—proof that long-form science journalism boasts some of our best writers...These pieces challenge us to look deeper and to understand better, to see the beating human heart in the soul of science."—Booklist, starred review  

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