Baen Books and the National Space Society are hosting a writing contest in memory of the late Jim Baen. Entries must be prose and less than 8,000 words, showing “the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.” There is no fee to enter, but only one entry is allowed per person. Entries are to be submitted in RTF format via e-mail.
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 that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, Star Wars type galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions.
Entries will be judged by Baen editors Hank David and Jim Minz and Baen writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The grand prize winner will be published on Baen’s website and paid at professional rates for the story, as well as receiving a number of other prizes.
Complete rules and information can be found here.