Entries in the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award writing contest are being accepted through February 1, 2015. See rules and specifications at the site.
Judging will be done by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel and author David Drake.
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 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 second- and third-place entries will receive lesser prizes.
Sean Monaghan of New Zealand has won the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest with his short story “Low Arc.”
Finishing in second place was Marina J. Lostetter for her short story, “Balance.” Third place went to Angus McIntyre for his story “Wind Shear.”
The contest has been co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society of America since 2007. It honors Jim Baen, founder of Baen Books and a prominent space exploration supporter.
Monaghan was presented with his award on May 16 by Baen editor Jim Minz in Los Angeles at the Space Development Conference sponsored by the National Space Society.
Along with the award comes professional publication by Baen Books on the Baen.com web site and in a 2014 short story ebook anthology. Lostetter’s story will also see publication at Baen.
Finalists are judged anonymously by a panel of Baen editors and writers helmed by science fiction author David Drake.
2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest Award winners and presenters. Shown are Baen editor Jim Minz, contest winner Sean Monaghan, contest runner up Marina Lostetter, and contest administrator William Ledbetter.