The 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest opened for submissions on January 1.
All entries must be received by midnight April 1. Each entry is limited to a short story of no more than 8,000 words, and there is one entry per author. The story may be epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy. Additional guidelines may be found here.
Entries will be judged by Baen editors with finalists also being judged by authors Eric Flint and Larry Correia.
Baen executive editor Jim Minz wrote:
We are delighted to partner with Gen Con and its Writer’s Symposium again to present this award. We appreciate the deep history between gaming and adventure fantasy. We love games and gamers, and we know that Gen Con is the perfect place to seek out and showcase great fantasy talent.
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 Baen Books and merchandise.
Second and Third Place winners will receive prize packages of Baen Books worth $500 and $300 respectively.
The website cautions —
What we don’t want to see Political drama with no action, angst-ridden teens pining over vampire lovers, religious allegory, novel segments, your gaming adventure transcript, anything set in any universe not your own, “it was all a dream” endings, or screenplays.
Finalists will be announced by July 1, and the winners will be notified by July 7. Eric Flint will present the award at the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con, to be held August 4-7, 2016.