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 April 30. 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 app. 1,600-1,900, based on previous conventions.

Advertising Rates (B&W)

Size (W x H)

Pro Rate

Fan Rate (50% discoount)

Full page:

7.5” x 10”



Half page (horizontal):

7.5" x 5"



Half page (vertical):

3.75" x 10"



Quarter page (horizontal):

7.5" x 2.5"



Quarter page (vertical):

3.75" x 5"



Business card:

3.5" x 2"



Full page (inside front or inside back cover):

7.5” x 10”




Advertising Rates (COLOR)

Size (W x H)

Pro Rate

Fan Rate (50% discount)

Full page (color insert, center of booklet):

7.5" x 10"



Full page (inside front or inside back cover):

7.5" x 10"



Full page (outside back cover):

7.5" x 10"




Legitimate 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 April 15. 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: 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, png, etc.) to (vey large files may be sent to or shared via ftp, Dropbox, or Google Drive; please query for instructions). A minimum of 300 dpi resolution is suggested for electronic files.

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 April 30. Please query concerning other arrangements.


Mailing Address: Send all advertising reservations and copy to:

Balticon 54

Attn: Advertising

PO Box 686

Baltimore, MD 21203-0686


Email Address:


Payment: Please make all monies payable in U.S. currency to: Balticon 54. An invoice will be automatically emailed unless other arrangements are made. Paypal: patti AT bsfs DOT org. If payment is not received by May 1, BSFS and Balticon reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove your ad from publication in the BSFAN, the Balticon souvenir book.


For further information on advertising, contact Patti Kinlock at or (443) 386-3345 (cell). You may also phone BSFS headquarters at (410) JOE-BSFS (563-2737); however, our building is not regularly staffed, so leave a message and we will return your call at the earliest opportunity.


For more information on Balticon, visit:


BalticonTM is a service mark of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. © 2019/20 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc.

Revised 4/30/2019.