The fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest opens this month. Entries will be accepted from January 15 through April 1.
We’re looking for blood-pounding, heart-stopping action with heroes you want to root for and villains you love to hate. Whether your heroes win the day with swords or sorcery, fireballs or flamethrowers—or even by their wits alone—all are welcome. Modern, medieval, and otherworldly settings are all acceptable, as long as you tell a rip-roaring good tale with a fantastical element!
Each entry is limited to a short story of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. Entries will be judged by Baen editors and the award will be presented by New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia at the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con, which will be held August 17-20, 2017, in Indianapolis, IN.
“Working with the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con has been an absolute delight, and we’re thrilled to again present this award at their event,” said Baen executive editor Jim Minz. “We appreciate the deep historical link between gaming and adventure fantasy, and Gen Con is the perfect melding of these forms.”
- The Grand Prize winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at industry-standard rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive an engraved award and a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books.
- SECOND place winner will receive a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books
- THIRD will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.
Finalists will be announced by July 1 and winners will be notified no later than July 7, 2017.
Over a thousand stories from all over the globe were submitted in the first three years of the contest.
[Based on a press release.]
Shawn Snider won the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award with his short story “The Lavender Paladin.” Snider’s story was selected by Baen editorial staff. The announcement was made at GenCon on August 6.
GRAND PRIZE: “The Lavender Paladin” by Shawn Snider
SECOND PLACE: “Gunfight at the Thornmount Colossus” by Anthony Lowe
THIRD PLACE: “Watching the Door” by Joel and F.I. Goldhaber
Started in 2014, this is the third annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Baen executive editor Jim Minz said, “Our third year has been the best year yet. Each year the overall quality of submitted stories has only gotten better. We are excited to continue to grow this award and highlight the very best in fantasy storytelling.”
As the grand prize winner, Snider, who was on hand with his family in Indianapolis, received an engraved award, and a prize package containing various Baen Books. Snider describes himself as “the product of a good home, a supportive wife, and years and years of reading and people-watching.”
His story “The Lavender Paladin” will be a featured story on Baen.com main page starting September 16 until October 16, and available at the Baen Free Library after that.
The annual contest was held in conjunction with the GenCon Writers Symposium.
Jeff Provine has won the 2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Grand Prize with his short story “Kiss from a Queen.”
First Runner-up was Katherine Monasterio for her short story “Trappists,” and Second Runner-up was Joseph L. Kellogg for “Shell Game.”
Baen also recognized two stories for Honorable Mention: “Burning Savanna” by Alexander Monteagudo and “Adroit” by Dave Williams.
Provine was presented with his award August 1 by Baen editor, Jim Minz at GenCon.
“We had a lovely little ceremony at the start of the Baen Traveling Roadshow,” said Minz. “Not only was Jeff there to receive his trophy and share a few words, Katherine was there to receive her award as well. Afterward we went out for dinner with a couple of authors. It was a terrific evening all around. I’m really looking forward to next year’s contest.”
The annual contest was held in conjunction with the GenCon Writers Symposium. Finalists were judged anonymously by a panel of Baen editors and writers helmed by science fiction and fantasy author Larry Correia. The Grand Prize comes with professional publication by Baen Books on the Baen.com website.