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BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY OPENS THE BSFS AMATEUR WRITING CONTEST
Contact Social Media Coordinator Alexander Mathew Harris, AHarris@Bsfs.Org
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS), located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, is pleased to announce that the BSFS Amateur Writing Contest is now open to entries.
To promote the creation of quality genre literature in the state of Maryland, we are holding this contest and encouraging everyone who meets the qualifications to enter. To be eligible to enter, you must be 18 years of age or older, a Maryland resident or currently a student at a Maryland two or four year college, and you cannot either be a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America or have been published in a professional science fiction or fantasy magazine ("professional" as defined by the SFWA list here: http://www.sfwa.org/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/#shortfiction ). BSFS Officers and Board members, and the Chair, Vice Chair and Department Heads for Balticon MAY NOT ENTER.
Word minimum is 1,000 words. Word limit is 5,500 words. All submissions should be formatted using the standard short story submission format (courier font, 12 size, double spaced, etc. See William Shun's example here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html)
There is no entry fee. Each participant may submit only one entry. Simultaneous submissions and reprints are not allowed. The contest opened on March 1st. We will be accepting entries until June 15th. The winner will be announced at Capclave on October 12th.
The 1st place winner will receive $250, 2nd place will receive $100 and 3rd place gets $50. The 1st place winner will also be published in the BSFSFan (our convention guide at Balticon) and invited to Balticon 2014 to do a reading of either a selection of their winning story or the entire story (depending on length and the availability of time and the wishes of the winner). The top five entries will all receive free memberships to Balticon. For more information on Balticon, see http://www.Balticon.org.
The winner will be announced October 12th, 2013 at Capclave. Capclave is a convention organized by the Washington Science Fiction Association that focuses on the short fiction form. Capclave's Writer Guest of Honor this year will be George R. R. Martin. The top three entrants in the BSFS Amateur Writing Contest will be invited to the convention and the ceremony. For more information on Capclave, see www.Capclave.org.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. A not-for-profit literary society based in Baltimore, MD, BSFS holds many events such as anime socials, business meetings, gaming days, book discussion groups, writing critique circles, and day-long writing workshops regularly throughout the year, and also produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. Our official website is at www.bsfs.org. Full contest rules, including how to submit, for the BSFS Amateur Writing Contest are available at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsssc.htm.
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ROUND TABLE ON SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINES "FROM SLUSH TO SALE" AT THE BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY ON FEBRUARY 23rd
Contact Social Media Coordinator Alexander Mathew Harris, AHarris@Bsfs.Org
Baltimore City, Maryland - February 8, 2013
On February 23rd, at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will host Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Damien Walters Grintalis (Electric Velocipede), Rahul Kanakia (formerly of Strange Horizons), Leslie Connors (Apex Magazine) and moderator Sarah Pinsker (published in multiple magazines) for a round table discussion titled, "From Slush to Sale: Behind the Scenes at Science Fiction Magazines." "From Slush to Sale" will be a detailed discussion on every aspect of the process of creating and publishing a professional and semi-pro magazine: setting up the business, advertising, going through the slush pile, work flow, rejecting and accepting, proofreading, and then publishing. Our panelists, all of whom are also writers, will also discuss what, if any, the big trends are in the sci-fi/fantasy magazines. They will talk about whether getting published in magazines is really a good gateway to getting a novel published, along with other valuable topics for readers and aspiring writers alike. The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend.
Sarah Pinsker is a Baltimore-based writer and singer/songwriter. She has three albums on various indie labels and a fourth forthcoming. Her short stories have been published in Daily Science Fiction, the City Paper, and Stupefying Stories, among others, and she has a story upcoming in Strange Horizons.
Damien Walters Grintalis is an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning magazine, Electric Velocipede, and a staff writer with BooklifeNow. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. Her debut novel, Ink, was released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror. You can visit her website, www.damienwaltersgrintalis.com, her blog, http://dwgrintalis.blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter @dwgrintalis.
Rahul Kanakia is a science fiction writer and former First Reader for Strange Horizons who has sold stories to Clarkesworld, the Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Nature, and Lady Churchillís Rosebud Wristlet. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is enrolled in the Master of the Fine Arts program in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Please visit his blog at http://www.blotter-paper.com or follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rahkan
Lesley Conner is an Assistant Editor and Marketing Leader for Apex Publications, and a writer of horror fiction. For more information on whatís happening with Apex, go to www.apexbookcompany.com. You can follow Lesley via Twitter at the handle @LesleyConner.
Scott H. Andrews is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the pro-rate online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which specializes in literary adventure fantasy. Locus magazine has called BCS "a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media," and its audio fiction podcast was a finalist for the 2012 Parsec Award. Scott is also a short fiction author whose stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Space and Time, and On Spec. Read Beneath Ceaseless Skies, download its ebooks, or listen to its audio podcast stories at beneath-ceaseless-skies.com.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. A not-for-profit literary society based in Baltimore, MD, BSFS holds many events such as anime socials, business meetings, gaming days, book clubs, writing critique circles, and also produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For more information, please visit www.bsfs.org, or www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi. For directions to the BSFS Building check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
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