The Gen Con Writer's Symposium is pleased to announce that once again, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award will be presented at Gen Con 2018. It's been our pleasure to host this award in the past, and we feel it's an excellent celebration of new talent in the industry. Best of luck to everyone who enters!
Here is the press release from Baen:
2018 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD ANNOUNCED
Fifth Annual Contest for Best Original Fantasy Adventure Story
To be Presented at Premier Gaming Convention Gen Con
January 18, 2018, Riverdale, New York—After four years with entries of thousands of fantasy stories from all over the globe, Baen Books is excited to announce the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award recognizes the best original adventure fantasy short story in the style of fantasy greats like Larry Correia, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Weber.
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!
“It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years since we first partnered with the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con, and we’re thrilled to again present this award at their event,” said Baen executive editor Jim Minz. “Role-playing games and fantasy adventure fiction have gone hand-in-hand for decades, and Gen Con is the perfect melding of these forms.”
The contest opens for submissions January 22nd, 2018 and all entries must be received by midnight on April 30th, 2018. Each entry is limited to an original 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 at the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con, which will be held August 2-5, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN.
Baen Books is known for its New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Baen’s print books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while electronic editions of its titles are available at baen.com, amazon.com, bn.com, and many other outlets.