Baen Memorial Contest Finalists

The 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, has announced a list of ten finalist. The contest looks for unpublished stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

  • Robert Dawson
  • John Eckelkamp
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Jamie Lackey
  • Marina Nelson Lostetter
  • Stanley Love
  • Karen Birkedahl Rylander
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Shawn Scarber
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

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Dine in King’s Landing

HBO is sponsoring a pop-up restaurant to be called “All Men Must Dine” for three days in February. The Game of Thrones themed banquets will take place in the Andaz Liverpool Hotel in London from February 13-15. Diners will have a chance to eat such delicacies as “The Lies of Tyrion Lanninster and his Proclaimed Innocence” (described as “Poached Veal Tongue with Beetroot, Horseradish and Oldtown Mustard”). Diners will be selected from those who submit entries to HBO, discussing their favorite Game of Thrones characters.
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Diversity Short Story Contest

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has announce a short story contest to fill one space in a 2017 anthology called Stories for All of Us. The winner will be included in the anthology, appearing alongside Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Grace Lin, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson, and others. and will receive a payment of $1000 US. The reading period will run from April 27 through May 8. Contest rules and eligibility information is at the link below.
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Baen Fantasy Award

Baen Books, in conjunction with Gen Con, is running the second annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award will be presented to an original work of epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy no longer than 8,000 words. The submission period is January 1 through April 1, 2015. The contest will be judged by the Baen staff with final judging by Larry Correia. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
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Hugo Base Design Contest

Sasquan is holding a contest for the design of the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards. Design should reflect Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, with the winner selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Not only will the winner’s design be used for the Hugo, but the winner will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Under the Hill.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Duffey won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

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2015 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

The 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, has been announced. The contest is looking for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise. The contest is looking for short stories of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

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Baen Fantasy Adventure Winner

The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. This is the first year the contest has been held and the fantasy contest compliments the science fiction contest Baen has run for several years. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.

  • Grand Price: “The Golden Knight,” by K. D. Julicher
  • First Runner-Up: “Phoenix for the Amateur Chef,” by Scott Huggins
  • Second Runner-Up: “The Girl with No Name,” by Travis Heermann

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GUFF Winner Announced

Gillian Polack was named the GUFF winner in a field that included a total of five competitors. Polack will travel to the United Kingdom to participate in Loncon 3 later this year.

Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winners

The winners of the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, have been announced. The contest looks for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2014 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

  • Grand Prize: “Low Arc,” by Sean Monaghan
  • 2nd Place: “Balance,” by Marina J. Lostetter

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