1 February, 2019.





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.

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.

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What we 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, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standalone novel excerpts, screenplays.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing
  • Short story
  • Literature
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 months

Contest opens for submissions on October 1, 2018 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline – 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, February 1, 2019.

The ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • All entries must be original works in English.
  • Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.
  • The manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author’s name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.
  • Employees of Baen Books, NSS and previous Grand Prize Winners are not eligible. Previous Second and Third place winners are eligible.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best selling Baen author David Drake.

Opportunity Cost


    • winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently .07/word.
    • The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society
    • And a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.
    •  Place winners will receive free entry into the 2019 International Space Development Conference
    • A year’s membership in the National Space Society
    • And a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

How to Apply

First Step: E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:

Second Step: 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.

Third Step: Please include the following in the body of your email:

  • The title of the work
  • The author’s name, address and telephone number
  • An approximate word-count

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This Scholarship Published by:
Ahmad Badr / Egypt 

Reviewed by” Nashwa Attallah/ Egypt 
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