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Baen Books and Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Announce
Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

J.P. Sullivan took home the top prize for his short story “The Blue Widow.”

Riverdale, New York, August 2017—Baen Books is pleased to announce J.P. Sullivan as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for short fiction for his story “The Blue Widow.” Second place was awarded to Barbara Doran for her story “Dust of the Fallen.” The third place winner was Laurie Tom for her story “And Go Not Hungry.” The winners, chosen from among the top ten finalists announced last month, were selected by Baen editorial staff.

Started in 2014, this is the fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award was presented by bestselling Baen author Larry Correia this past weekend at Gen Con, the oldest and best attended gaming convention in the world. Baen is a proud sponsor of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium and presents this award to honor stories exemplifying 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.

On hand to emcee the Baen festivities, Baen executive editor Jim Minz said, “The contest keeps growing each year! Each year the overall quality of submitted stories has only gotten better. We are excited to continue to grow this award and highlight the very best in fantasy storytelling.”

J.P. Sullivan’s story “The Blue Widow” will be featured on Baen.com main webpage starting September 15th, 2017 until October 15th, 2017, and available at the Baen Free Library after that.


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