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Balticon Young Writers’ Contest


Contestants should be no younger than 14 and no older than 18 years of age as of May 26, 2016, and shall reside in or attend school in Maryland.
Winners will be required to provide their Social Security number and proof of age.

Submissions must be in the field of science fiction, fantasy.
Submissions must be no more than 2500 words in length.
All submissions should include a title page with the title of the story, the entrant’s name, school name, home address, evening phone number and e-mail address if possible. Also, please include your English teacher’s name.
Submissions must have a footer on each page with the title and page number.
Paper submissions must have numbered pages – all pages must have a footer with the title and page number. They should not have the entrant’s name or other identifying information on the individual pages of the story. Paper submissions should be printed and double spaced on 8.5 x 11” paper.
Electronic submissions must be sent as an attachment to email in either Microsoft Word, plain text or WordPerfect format only. Otherwise they must be printed out and submitted on paper.
One contestant may submit multiple entries, but only one prize may be won by any one entrant.

Judges shall be drawn from the membership of BSFS, Inc.
The winners will be contacted before the convention and their names will be announced to the public at Balticon on May 26, 2016 just before the Masquerade at 8:30 P.M. Winners need not be present to receive their prizes.
The submissions ranked first, second, and third shall receive awards of: $150, $100, and $50, respectively. The three winners shall also receive complementary registrations for Balticon for themselves and their parents or one guest each. They will also receive a free Balticon T-shirt.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, of that year.
Paper submissions should be addressed to:

Balticon Young Writers’ Contest
BSFS, Inc.
P.O. Box 686
Baltimore, MD 21203-0686

Electronic submissions should be addressed to: [email protected]
All submissions become the property of Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (BSFS, Inc.) for the duration of the contest, and may be published in Society publications. Rights for future publication automatically revert to the author.

For additional information:
call the clubhouse @ 410-563-2737
or the coordinator, Ben Kingsland @ 301-275-3740
or email [email protected] or [email protected]


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