2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Announced

Baen Books has issued the following news release:

New Contest for Best Fantasy Adventure Story

Debuts in 2014 at Premier Gaming Convention Gen Con


genconBaen Books, in association with the popular gaming convention Gen Con, has launched a new annual fantasy genre contest that will present the winning entrant with the inaugural Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The contest will be centered on adventure fantasy short stories, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy.

“We are very pleased to be presenting this award in association with Gen Con and its Writer’s Symposium,” said Baen senior editor Jim Minz. “Gen Con is the best-attended gaming convention in the world, and it is the perfect place to seek out and showcase great fantasy talent.”

The contest opens for submissions on May 1, 2014 and all entries must be received June 30, 2014. Each entry is limited to a short story of no more than 8,000 words, and there is one entry per author.

“We’re looking for the best piece of original short fiction that captures the spirit and tradition of such great storytellers as Larry Correia, Robert E. Howard, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Weber and Marion Zimmer Bradley,” said Minz. “We want fantasy adventures with heroes a reader wants to root for. We’re looking for warriors, either modern or medieval, who solve problems with their wits as well as their swords.”

“We’re delighted to be working with the leading independent SF publisher in the US,” added Marc Tassin, Director of the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con. “Baen Books is synonymous with strong, action-oriented adventures featuring the kind of heroes that hook readers from the moment they take the stage. It’s an honor to us that they chose to take part in our program’s 20th Anniversary. Along with welcoming Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, and Special Guests Larry Correia & Scott Westerfeld, we anticipate 2014 to be the biggest Writer’s Symposium’s we’ve ever had.”

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 paper titles are distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Gen Con is the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world. Last year, more than 49,000 people attended, with more than 10,000 events, making it truly The Best Four Days in Gaming™! In 2014, Gen Con will be held in downtown Indianapolis, from August 14th through the 17th.

For more information visit www.baenfantasyaward.com,

email christopher@baen.com, or call 1-800-ITS-BAEN.



One Response

  1. Marc Tassin

    I want to personally thank Baen for putting this together and making it part of the Symposium this year. I’ve wanted to host a writing contest as part of the Symposium for quite awhile. We’re a big program with a small staff, so I never had the cycles to put a contest like this together. It’s fantastic that they’re offering this, and it’s one more awesome opportunity for the folks who are attending the Symposium this year.

    Thanks, Baen!

    Marc Tassin
    Active SFWA Member
    Director of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium