Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s “Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest”

*Photo credit Heather Haynsen

Maryland Students: Ages 14-18
Cash Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50
The three winners shall also receive complimentary registrations for the Balticon Science Fiction Convention for themselves and their parents or one guest each and a free
Balticon T-Shirt.

The deadline is March 31st of any given year.
Submissions must be in the field of science fiction or fantasy.
Contest Website for information:
b. Submissions shall be no more than 2,500 words in length.
c. All submissions should include a title page with the title of the story, the entrant’s name or note Home schooled, home address, evening phone number, and e-mail address if possible. Also, please include your English teacher’s name.
d. Paper submissions must have numbered pages – all submissions must have a footer with the title and page number. They should not have the entrants name or other identifying information on the individual pages. Paper submissions should be typed or printed, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11″ paper.
e. Electronic submissions must be sent as an attachment to email in either Microsoft Word, PDF or Word Perfect format. 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.
f. The winners will be contacted before the convention and their names will be announced to the public at the next Balticon on Memorial Day Weekend just before the Masquerade on Saturday night.. Winners need not be present to receive their prizes.
g. Paper submissions should be addressed to:
Balticon Young Writers’ Contest
BSFS, Inc.
PO Box 686
Baltimore, MD 21203-0686
h. Electronic submissions should be addressed to: “ywc at balticon dot org”
i. Judges shall be drawn from the membership of BSFS, Inc. All submissions become the property of Baltimore Science Fiction Society Inc. (BSFS, Inc.), and may be published in Society publications. For additional information, call the BSFS Building @ 410-563-2737 or the coordinator at 410-823-8913, or send email to: “ywc at balticon dot org,” Convention website

For general organization information and science fiction resources check

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