Baen Books Announces Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

A.A. Nour takes home the top prize for her short story “The Hitchhiker on Souls’ Road.”

Riverdale, New York, July 2023—Baen Books is pleased to announce A.A. Nour as the grand prize winner of the 2023 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Nour’s story “The Hitchhiker on Souls’ Road” was selected by Baen editorial staff and guest judge Tim Powers, a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and critically acclaimed author of nearly three dozen novels. Second place was awarded to Melissa Olthoff for her story “Fall from Grace.” The third place was a tie between C.H. Hung for her story “The Knight, The Witch, and The Farmboy,” and Shami Stovall’s “Once Given a Name.”

The Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is in its tenth year. The award will be presented this year by Baen Books Publisher Toni Weisskopf at Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 2, 2023.

As the grand prize winner, Nour will receive an engraved trophy and a prize package containing various Baen Books. Nour was thrilled at the win. "I’m very excited and honored to win. This story has a particularly special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to Baen sharing it," Nour stated.

Her story “The Hitchhiker on Souls’ Road” will be a featured story on the main page during the month of September, and available at the Baen Free Library after that.

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 Penric stories. Baen’s physical books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while their Ebooks are sold at numerous online venues, including their own website.

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