MARKETS: SF/Space Travel Story Contest (Baen)

Announcing the James Patrick Baen
Memorial Writing Contest

The National Space Society and Jim Baen’s Universe magazine are co-sponsoring a short fiction contest in memory of James Patrick Baen, publisher of Baen Books, who passed away late last year.

CONTEST RULES:
-Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration in a positive, exciting, and hopeful way.

-No entry fee.

-One submission per person

-All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or characters from another person’s works will not be considered.

-E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .rtf attachments to: isdc.jbu.contest@gmail.com

-Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

-Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, address and telephone number, and an approximate word-count in the body of the email. The manuscript should be in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author’s name MUST NOT BE IN THE HEADERS or on the story to facilitate fair judging.

-Deadline is April 9, 2007.

WHAT WE DO WANT TO SEE:
Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE:
Stories where everyone dies, stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, dystopias, Star Wars type galactic empires, UFO abductions.

JUDGES:
Semi-final judging will be by Jim Baen’s Universe editorial staff. Final judging will be by the Publisher at Baen Books, Toni Weisskopf, and Jim Baen’s Universe editors Eric Flint and Mike Resnick.

PRIZES:
-The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published in a future issue of Jim Baen’s Universe and paid at the normal rate. The author will also receive free entry into the 2007 International Space Development Conference, an autographed copy of The Best of Jim Baen’s Universe, a totebag, and a coffee mug.

-SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive a year’s membership in the National Space Society ($45 level), an autographed copy of The Best of Jim Baen’s Universe, a totebag, and a coffee mug.

-Winners will be announced and notified no later than May 9, 2007. (only the winners will be notified.) The winners will be honored at the 2007 International Space Development Conference Gala Awards Dinner in Dallas, TX, on May 22, 2007. (though we would prefer the winner attend this Gala, it is not required.)

(And it’s right here in Dallas.)

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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