BALTICON 48, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May  23-26, 2014, at the Hunt Valley Inn (a Wyndham affiliate) just north of Baltimore, MD. Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson; Artist Guest of Honor: Halo Jankowski; Bard/Filk Guest of Honor: Kenneth Anders; 2013 Compton Crook Award Winner: Myke Cole; 2014 Compton Crook and Robert Heinlein Award Winners TBA; Ghost of Honor: Robert Jordan; Fan Ghost of Honor: Marty Gear.


The BSFAN is an award-winning annual publication of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (, and it features original art, science fiction and fantasy writing, and highlights the accomplishments of guests and program participants at the annual science fiction convention known as Balticon. Ad space is available for purchase or exchange in the next issue of the BSFAN, the Balticon convention souvenir book. Deadline for receipt of copy is March 31, 2014. Fan organizations may purchase ads at a 50% discount, or for like-kind exchange. We can accept electronic files or camera-ready hard copy for scanning.

Circulation: Estimated readership/distribution is 1,800-2,200, based on previous conventions.                           

Advertising Rates (B&W) Size (W x H) Pro Fan
Full page:  7.5" x 10" $250 $125
Half page (horizontal):  7.5" x 5" $130 $65
Half page (vertical):  3.75" x 10" $130 $65 
Quarter page (horizontal):  7.5" x 2.5" $80 $40
Quarter page (vertical):  3.75" x 5" $80 $40
Business card:  3.5" x 2" $35 $17.50

Bona-fide non-profit fan organizations are eligible for a 50% discount off the pro rates. Fan publications wishing to trade ads must request to do so in writing by March 15, 2014. Please email your reservation request along with your advertising deadlines and specifications to: bsfan AT bsfs DOT org.

Publication Format for Ads: Two column format, 8.5” x 11" (W x H). Ads may run either vertically or horizontally. Please allow 1/2” border on all sides (please size ads to the above print specifications). Bleed to edge may be charged extra.

COLOR ADS: A limited number of interior color pages are available; sorry, no covers. A full color page (full bleed to edge if desired) is $350 (fan rate $175). Please make sure electronic files for color printing are saved using the CMYK colorspace.

Acceptable Printing Materials: Please provide camera-ready copy via one of the following methods (please include a SASE with adequate postage if you would like your materials returned; otherwise, they will be discarded after Balticon):

  1. Email attachment (pdf, psd, tiff, jpeg formats preferred) to bsfan AT bsfs DOT org (large files may be sent to elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com).
  2. CDROM or flash drive (readable on a Windows-based PC) mailed to the address below.
  3. Hardcopy, camera-ready and suitable for scanning, mailed to the address below.

Closing Date: Final camera-ready copy must be received no later than March 31, 2014. Please query concerning other arrangements.

Mailing Address: Send all advertising reservations and copy to: Balticon 48, Attn: Advertising, PO Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203-0686.

Email Address: bsfan AT bsfs DOT org or elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com.

Payment: Please make all monies payable in U.S. currency to: Balticon 48. Please specify if you require an invoice. Paypal: elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com.

For further information on advertising, contact Patti Kinlock at bsfan AT bsfs DOT org or (443) 386-3345 (cell). You may also phone BSFS headquarters at (410) JOE-BSFS (563-2737) and ask for a Balticon committee member or leave a message (BSFS headquarters is not staffed, so you will most likely get our answering machine). 

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Other Balticon advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, email sponsors AT bsfs DOT org.

Balticon is a service mark of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. 2013/14 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc.