Contests & Awards

April Contest

Fool Me Once . . .

It’s April Fool’s Day, but we aren’t joking when we say that Wil McCarthy’s new novel Rich Man’s Sky is sure to please science fiction readers! But we like to get into the spirit of the holiday, so we’re asking you to write us your best “trillionaires in space” joke, based on the concept of McCarthy’s novel. The writer of joke that makes us laugh the loudest (or groan the hardest) will win a signed copy of Rich Man’s Sky.

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

Put “March 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 eighth 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.