2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest

Baen_award2The 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest is open to stories about the near future of manned space exploration up to 8,000 words long.

The contest opened for submissions October 1, 2015 (according to its webpage) and will take entries through 12:01 a.m. PST , February 1. The complete rules are here.

Baen co-sponsors the contest with The National Space Society, hosts of the 2016 International Space Development Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 18-22, 2016.

Judging will be done by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel and author David Drake.

What they’d like to see are stories involving –

Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.

The Grand Prize winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and its author paid the going rate. The winner will receive, in addition, an engraved award, free entry into the 2016 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.

Second and third place winners will receive free entry into the 2016 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 winners will be announced by March 22, and honored at the 2016 conference.

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