Reiten has won the
grand prize in
the 2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short story Award competition with his short story “Bagala Devi Objective.” Persistence paid off — it’s Reiten’s first win, after twice
placing third in previous years (2017 and 2019).
The Jim Baen Memorial Short
Story Contest has been held annually since 2007 and is focused on stories of
space exploration and discovery, with an optimistic spin on those activities
for the human race.
Devi Objective” by M.T. Reiten
by Kate MacEachern
THIRD PLACE (tie)
Return by C. Stuart Hardwick
Caretaker” by Tiffany Smith
The contest judges were Baen Books
editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and Baen author
The Grand Prize winner will be
published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and
paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently
.08/word. The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the
2020 International Space Development Conference (unfortunately cancelled due
to the coronavirus outbreak), 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 a year’s membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise. They were also to have received free entry into the now-cancelled 2020 International Space Development Conference.
Dream Foundry announced the finalists of its inaugural writing contest for writers of speculative fiction on October 29.
The contest was open to anyone with a completed short story who had not yet been professionally paid for their work.
top three winners will be announced on November 15, 2019, and the first place
winner will receive a $500 cash prize. All three of the top winners will
receive critiques and feedback from professional writers working in the field.
Ledbetter was the contest coordinator. Charles Coleman Finlay, editor of Magazine
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lisa Rodgers, agent at JABberwocky,
are serving as judges for this year’s contest.
Lawrence – Minnesota
Douglas Wu –
Smith – Texas
Savage – Japan
Wachowski – Virginia
Lynne Sargent – Canada
Whitmore – Wisconsin
Foundry is a registered 501(c) non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers
of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts. You can join
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Philip A. Kramer of Seattle, WA has won the grand prize in the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for his short story “Feldspar.”
The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has been held annually since 2007 and is focused on stories of space exploration and discovery, with an optimistic spin on those activities for the human race.
“Feldspar” by Philip A. Kramer
“Bullet Catch” by Stephen Lawson (Louisville, KY)
“An Economy of Air” by M. T. Reiten (Los Alamos, NM)
Judges 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 May 26, 2017 in a ceremony at the annual International Space Development Conference held this year in St. Louis, MO. The winner receives a distinctive award and professional publication of the story in June 2017 at the Baen.com web site.
“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.”
What the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award looks like.