2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

The top ten finalists for the 2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for best original fantasy short story were announced July 1. They are:

  • “All the Colors of Everything” by Alex Fox
  • “The Carryman” by Jon R. Osborne
  • “Colossi of Zakatla” by Gregory D. Mele
  • “Exchanged” by Brittany Rainsdon
  • “Generous Handful of Fresh Unja Berries” by Jessica Federle
  • “My Mother, Dragonslayer” by Edward Rathke
  • “On Cultivating A Chosen One” by Christopher Baxter
  • “Red Lanterns” by Marshall J. Moore
  • “Shadow and Full Dark” by Chris Cornetto
  • “To Sleep, Perchance to Wake” by Jonathan Ficke

Started in 2014, this is the ninth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest. The award honors stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, contemporary fantasy, or historical fantasy. The stories are judged anonymously.

The Grand Prize and Second and Third Place Winners will come from among these ten finalists.

Those winners will be announced during the Baen Travelling Roadshow at this year’s Dragon Con. Dragon Con will take place from September 1-5 in Atlanta, GA. The author of the Grand Prize story receives an award trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates for first publication rights. The winning story also will be featured on Baen.com main webpage.

2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Contest

Entries for the ninth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest will be accepted beginning February 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern. Full guidelines at the link.

What We Want to See

Adventure fantasy with heroes you want to root for. Warriors either modern or medieval, who solve problems with their wits or with their weapons—and we have nothing against dragons, elves, dwarves, castles under siege, urban fantasy, damsels in distress, or damsels who inflict distress.

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.

The contest closes for submissions April 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The winners will be officially announced during the Baen Traveling Roadshow at Dragon Con, which is scheduled for September 1-5, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. Complete guidelines here. Entries will be judged by Baen editors

  • 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 place winner will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.

Finalists will be announced no later than July 1, 2022

Winners will be notified no later than July 21, 2022.

Since its beginning the contest has received thousands of entries of fantasy stories from all over the globe.

Ticknor Wins 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

M. Elizabeth Ticknor, 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest winner.

The results of the 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for best original fantasy short story were announced September 4. They are:

GRAND PRIZE: “Echoes of Meridian” by M. Elizabeth Ticknor

SECOND PLACE: “Absinthe & the Alchemist” by Stephanie Kraner

THIRD PLACE: “The Codes of Binding” by C. Jonah Abbott

The other finalists were:

  • “Shadows of the Children” by Jacob Barlow
  • “The First” by Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters” by Charles Dib
  • “The Teardrop Harvest” by J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock” by Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes” by Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting” by Elise Stephens

The annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest began in 2014. The award honors stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, contemporary fantasy, or historical fantasy. The stories are judged anonymously.

The Grand Prize and Second and Third Place Winners were announced during the Baen Travelling Roadshow at this year’s Dragon Con.

Author of the Grand Prize story receives an award trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates for first publication rights. The winning story also will be featured on Baen.com main webpage from September 15 through October 15, 2021, and will be available in the Baen Free Library thereafter.

[Thanks to Sean CW Korsgaard for the story.]

2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

The top ten finalists for the 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for best original fantasy short story were announced July 1. They are:

  • “The Codes of Binding” by C. Jonah Abbott
  • “Shadows of the Children” by Jacob Barlow
  • “The First” by Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters” by Charles Dib
  • “Absinthe & the Alchemist” by Stephanie Kraner
  • “The Teardrop Harvest” by J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock” by Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes” by Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting” by Elise Stephens
  • “Echoes of Meridian” by M. Elizabeth Ticknor

Started in 2014, this is the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. This award honors stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, contemporary fantasy, or historical fantasy. The stories are judged anonymously.

The Grand Prize and Second and Third Place Winners will come from among these ten finalists,

Those winners will be announced during the Baen Travelling Roadshow at this year’s Dragon Con. Dragon Con will take place from September 2-6 in Atlanta, GA.

Author of the Grand Prize story receives an award trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates for first publication rights. The winning story also will be featured on Baen.com main webpage from September 15 through October 15, 2021, and will be available in the Baen Free Library thereafter.

[Based on a press release.]

2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Contest

Entries for the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest will be accepted beginning February 14, 2021 at 12:01am EDT. Full guidelines at the link.

What We Want to See

Adventure fantasy with heroes you want to root for. Warriors either modern or medieval, who solve problems with their wits or with their weapons—and we have nothing against dragons, elves, dwarves, castles under siege, urban fantasy, damsels in distress, or damsels who inflict distress.

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.

The contest closes for submissions April 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. The winners will be officially announced during the Baen Traveling Roadshow at Dragon Con, which is scheduled for September 2-6, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. Complete guidelines here. Entries will be judged by Baen editors

  • 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 place winner will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.

Finalists will be announced no later than July 1, 2021

Winners will be notified no later than July 21, 2021.

Since its beginning the contest has received thousands of entries of fantasy stories from all over the globe.

Correction: Huggins Wins 2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf revealed the winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award  at the start of the Baen Virtual Roadshow on August 2.

Due to the cancellation of NASFIC and the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Roadshow was broadcast live on Facebook.

The award winners, chosen from among the top ten finalists announced last month, were selected by Baen’s editorial staff. 

FIRST PLACE

  • “Humanslayer” by Scott Huggins

SECOND PLACE

  • “The Chilling Account of The Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg” by J. E. Tabor

THIRD PLACE

  • “Seidh” by Morgan Welch

Update 08/03/2020: File 770 apologizes for getting the order of finish reversed in its original post.

2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

The top ten finalists for the 2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced July 1.

  • “A Hole in the Gut” by M. T. Kadisin
  • “From Darkest Depths” by Sean CW Korsgaard
  • “Gently They Took What Was Hers” by Amanda J. Lee
  • “Hero” by L.R. Braden
  • “Humanslayer” by Scott Huggins
  • “Seidh” by Morgan Welch
  • “The Chilling Account of The Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg” by J. E. Tabor
  • “The Power” by Stephen Lawson
  • “The Strength of Summer Storms” by Evey Brett
  • “Who Will Know?” by Scott R. Parkin

Due to the cancellation of NASFIC and the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus, the top three winners will be revealed at the beginning of the Baen Virtual Roadshow in early August, broadcast live on Baen’s Facebook page.

2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Contest

The seventh annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest opens tomorrow.

Entries will be accepted beginning January 31st, 2020 at 12:01am EDT. The contest closes for submissions April 30th, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT.

The winners will be officially announced at NASFIC 2020, which is also hosting the 1632 Minicon. It will be held August 20-23, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

What We Want to See: Adventure fantasy with heroes you want to root for. Warriors either modern or medieval, who solve problems with their wits or with their weapons–and we have nothing against dragons, elves, dwarves, castles under siege, urban fantasy, damsels in distress, or damsels who inflict distress.

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.

Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. Complete guidelines here. Entries will be judged by Baen editors

  • 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 place winner will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.

Finalists will be announced no later than July 1, 2020

Winners will be notified no later than July 17, 2020.

Since its beginning the contest has received thousands of entries of fantasy stories from all over the globe.

Cragun Wins 2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Example of award given in 2018.

Baen Books announced the winner of the 2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award at Spikecon in Layton, Utah on July 6.

Grand Prize

  • “Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun

Second Place

  • “In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit

Third Place

  • “In the City of Dreadful Joy” by Misha Burnett

The winners, chosen from among the top ten finalists announced last month, were selected by Baen editorial staff. The awards were presented by bestselling Baen author Larry Correia in a ceremony at Spikecon, home to this year’s Westercon, NASFic, 1632 Minicon and Manticon.

2019 Grand Prize Winner J.J. Cragun

Started in 2014, this is the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Baen presents this award “to honor stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy.”

While the stories are judged anonymously — and stories were submitted by authors from all around the globe — as fate would have it, the Grand Prize Winner, J.J. Cragun resides in Morgan, Utah, which neighbors Spikecon’s host city of Layton, Utah.

On hand to emcee the Baen festivities, Baen Executive Editor Jim Minz said, “Fantasy has inspired and entertained humanity since before the written word, and our earliest known sagas are filled with rousing adventures and fantastical creatures. We’re honored to continue that tradition.”

The winner receives an award trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates for first publication rights. “Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun will be featured on Baen.com main webpage from September 15 through October 15, and will be available at the Baen Free Library after that.

[Based on a press release.]

2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Baen Books announces the top ten finalists for the 2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for best original fantasy short story. They are:

  • “Breach of Contract” by Anne Leonard
  • “Demons on the Canadian Frontier” by Shannon Walker
  • “FedEx” by Sam Robb
  • “In the City of Dreadful Joy” by Misha Burnett
  • “In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit
  • “The Dormer Trees” by Sarah Totten
  • “The Dragon is Blind” by Sam Muller
  • “The Laughing Folk” by Steve DuBois
  • “The Storm Stone” by Kevin Harkness
  • “Treason Properly” by J. J. Cragun

Started in 2014, this is the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. This award honors stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy. The stories are judged anonymously.

The Grand Prize and Second and Third Place Winners will come from among these ten finalists, and will be announced on July 6, 2019, at SpikeCon during the Baen Traveling Roadshow. SpikeCon will take place from July 4-7 in Layton, UT, and is home to Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, the 1632 Minicon, and Manticon 2019.

Author of the Grand Prize story receives an award trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates for first publication rights. The winning story will be featured on Baen.com main webpage from August 15th through September 15th, 2019, and will be available in the Baen Free Library thereafter.