Contests & Awards

December Contest

It’s the Baen Books Paleolithic Holiday Party!

In Michael Z. Williamson’s new novel, That was Now, This is Then, soldiers from throughout time are stranded in the Paleolithic era. As Williamson illustrates, the Paleolithic was a very different time. No wi-fi or electricity, of course—but also no agriculture. It takes a lot for modern humans to survive in that situation. All of that, plus the fact that we’re coming up on the holiday season, got us thinking: Which three Baen Books characters would you invite to a holiday party in the Paleolithic and why? Tells us in a short paragraph (100 words or fewer) for a chance to win a signed copy of That was Now, This is Then.

Email your entry to by December 20!

Put “December 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.