Contests & Awards

November Contest

Cast Your Ballot — for Baen Books Characters!

November 3rd is election season here in the USA. Of course, the USE (that is, the United States of Europe in Eric Flint's Ring of Fire series) already has a capable leader in Michael Stearns. But all this talk of casting ballots got us wondering: Which character from Baen Books would you vote for as President of the United States and why. Let us know in a short paragraph (100 words or fewer) to win a signed copy of the new Ring of Fire novel 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line.

Send your entry in the body of an email to by November 20!

Put “November Contest” in the subject field and please remember to include your name! Limit one entry per person, please. Winner will be selected by the Baen editorial staff. Winning entry may be published as part of announcement.

Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Baen Books is excited to announce the sixth 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.

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies, and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology, and space flight a real part of their lives, and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. 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.

The Year's Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction

Other anthologies tell you which stories were the year’s best—we’re letting you decide which of these you liked best. Baen Books is pleased to announce the third annual Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award. The award honors the best of the best in this grand storytelling tradition, and its winner will receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize. Reward your favorite story, and its author, for excellence!