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Sixth Annual Contest for Best Original Fantasy Adventure Story
To be Presented at SpikeCon (Westercon 72/NASFiC 2019)

January 15, 2019, Riverdale, New York—For the past five years, thousands of original fantasy stories from all over the globe have been submitted for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. And now, Baen Books is pleased to announce the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest. 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 compelling storytelling 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!

“I can hardly believe it’s been more than five years since we first created the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. And we’re very excited to announce that this year, we’ll be presenting the winners at SpikeCon in Layton, Utah,” said Baen executive editor Jim Minz. “Not only is SpikeCon this year’s Westercon, it’s also the NASFiC, not to mention the 1632 minicon. It’s the perfect event to showcase the award.”

The contest opens for submissions January 21st, 2019 and all entries must be received by midnight on April 30th, 2019. Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language 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 SpikeCon, which will be held July 4-7, 2019, in Layton, UT. (Visit www.spikecon.org for more information about the convention.)

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.

For more information, visit:
or email baenfantasyaward@baen.com, or call 1-800-ITS-BAEN

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