2017 Baen Memorial Award Finalists

The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award.

Baen Books has announced the ten finalists for the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award, a contest held each year for of all levels of experience:

  • Stewart C Baker
  • S.B. Divya
  • Susan Forest
  • C Stuart Hardwick
  • Bart Kemper
  • Philip A. Kramer
  • Harry Lang
  • Stephen Lawson
  • Angus McIntyre
  • M. T. Reiten

The Grand Prize will be presented at the 2017 International Space Development Conference in St. Louis, MO the weekend of May 25-29.

“The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen, Baen Books founder,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the winner to meets scientists and space advocates from around the world.”

The complete press release follows the jump.

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Baen Short Story Contest Opens

What the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award looks like.Entries in the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award writing contest are being accepted through February 1, 2017. See rules and specifications at the site.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best-selling Baen author David Drake.

Ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2017.

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 2017 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 second- and third-place entries will receive lesser prizes.

2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

Aimee Ogden of Madison, Wisconsin has won the grand prize in the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for her short story “Dear Ammi.” Jennifer Brozek took second place, and Ronald D. Ferguson third.

GRAND PRIZE
“Dear Ammi” by Aimee Ogden

SECOND PLACE
“To Lose the Stars” by Jennifer Brozek

THIRD PLACE
“Cylinders” by Ronald D. Ferguson

The contest looks for stories that demonstrate the positive aspects of space exploration and discovery.

Ogden wrote about her trip to accept the award:

I am about as tired and about as happy as I can remember after an amazing weekend in San Juan, PR, where I got to attend the International Space Development Conference, where the folks at Baen were kind enough to send me. They were also nice enough to bestow me with a shiny chunk of crystal that I was only too pleased to be pulled aside over for a little extra chat with the TSA. “¡Usted es el ganador del gran premio!” Si, TSA dude, I totally am and I’m over the moon.

 

Aimee Ogden

Aimee Ogden

Judges for the award were the editors of Baen Books and special guest judge author David Drake. Stories were judged anonymously.

The winner receives a trophy and her story will be published June 2016 at the Baen.com web site, where new fiction is featured each month.

“The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen, Baen Books’ founder,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “We believe–and strive to show with these imaginative stories–that humanity has a bright and exciting future beyond the bounds of Earth. We want to see Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, and adventure. This year’s winning stories deliver just that.”

What the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award looks like.

What the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award looks like.

Aimee Ogden Wins 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

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The winner and runners-up for the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced.

GRAND PRIZE

  • “Dear Ammi” by Aimee Ogden

SECOND PLACE

  • “To Lose the Stars” by Jennifer Brozek

THIRD PLACE

  • “Cylinders” by Ronald D. Ferguson

Aimee Ogden is from Madison, Wisconsin, Jennifer Brozek from Bothell, Washington, and Ronald D. Ferguson from San Antonio, Texas.

Baen logoJudges for the award were the editors of Baen Books and special guest judge author David Drake. Stories were judged anonymously. The Jim Baen Memorial Award will be presented at a ceremony during the annual International Space Development Conference held May 18-22, 2016 in Puerto Rico. The winner receives a trophy and her story will be published June 2016 at the Baen.com web site, where new fiction is featured each month.

“The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen, Baen Books’ founder,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “We believe — and strive to show with these imaginative stories — that humanity has a bright and exciting future beyond the bounds of Earth. We want to see Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, and adventure. This year’s winning stories deliver just that.”

2016 Baen Short Story Contest Finalists

Baen_award2The ten finalists for the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced.

  • Jennifer Brozek
  • J. Lily Corbie
  • Ron Ferguson
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Bart Kemper
  • Steve Last
  • Thomas A. Mays
  • Aimee Ogden
  • Al Onia
  • Eric Picholle

The top three winners will be notified by March 22 and will be honored at the 2016 International Space Development Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 18-22, 2016.

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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.