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AUTHOR LIST FOR GEN CON’S 2015 WRITER’S SYMPOSIUM IS ANNOUNCED
The Symposium Is Pleased To Welcome Some Of The Best Writers In The Science Fiction And Fantasy Genres
Indianapolis, Indiana, January 23, 2015—The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium has just released the list of participating authors for this year’s convention, and it includes some of the biggest names in the science fiction and fantasy genres today. More than seventy authors and experts will be taking part in panels and other activities planned for this year’s Symposium.
The Symposium is honored to welcome:
Saladin Ahmed, Elizabeth Bear, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Donald J. Bingle, Dylan Birtolo, Stephen Blackmoore, Gwenda Bond, Maurice Broaddus, Stan Brown, Jennifer Brozek, Tobias Buckell, Richard Lee Byers, Wesley Chu, Myke Cole, Lawrence Connolly, Delilah S. Dawson, Joe Dever, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Erin M. Evans, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Jaym Gates, Shanna Germain, Geoffrey Girard, Maxwell Gladstone, Jerry Gordon, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, Jeff Grubb, John Helfers, Tracy Hickman, Kerrie Hughes, Kameron Hurley, Chris Jackson, John Hornor Jacobs, Howard Andrew Jones, Mary Robinette Kowal, Robin D. Laws, Steven S. Long, James Lowder, Scott Lynch, Brian McClellan, Jennifer McGowan, Melanie Meadors, Jim Minz, Susan J. Morris, Robert Mosher, Cat Rambo, Thomas M. Reid, Aaron Rosenberg, Patrick Rothfuss, Christopher Rowe, Jason Schemetzer, Steven Schend, Michael A. Stackpole, George Strayton, Anton Strout, James Sutter, Kelly Swails, Sam Sykes, Howard Tayler, Patrick Tomlinson, Michael Underwood, Monica Valentinelli, Ray Vallese, Elizabeth Vaughan, Josh Vogt, Tim Waggoner, Dan Wells, Chuck Wendig, Bill Willingham, Gregory Wilson, and Jim Zub.
Among this list of writers are New York Times bestsellers and USA Today bestsellers, as well as winners of many prestigious literary awards including the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Attendees this year will be hearing from many of the best in the field.
“Every year we have an amazing group of authors that volunteer to take part in the program,” said Marc Tassin, Director of the Writer’s Symposium. “This year is no different. I couldn’t be happier to have such accomplished writers joining us."
The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium is one of the fastest growing writer’s events in the world. In 2014 it welcomed more than 2500 unique visitors and offered 145 hours of programming. In 2015 it will feature over 200 hours of programming. The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium was created to encourage, educate, and inspire writers at all stages of their careers. Because 75% of the Symposium’s events are free to anyone who holds a Gen Con badge, attendees find it to be one of the most affordable and accessible events available to writer’s.
Gen Con, the host convention of the Symposium, is the largest table-top gaming convention in the world. In 2014 alone, 56,000 unique visitors attended the convention, which boasted over 14,000 events. Gen Con’s audience is, by its nature, composed of heavy readers. Many of the games they play are inspired by speculative fiction, and in turn, best-selling speculative fiction has been inspired by the games. It’s only natural that the two meld together so well at this fantastic convention.
A full event list for the Symposium is scheduled for release soon. Tickets to Gen Con are available at www.gencon.com .
About the Writer’s Symposium:
The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium is one of the largest writing conferences in the world. Established in 1995, it offers more than 200 hours of events for both new and experienced authors and features more than eighty authors and experts. In 2014 it welcomed more than 2500 unique visitors. The Symposium will be held July 30th to August 2nd, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana as part of the annual Gen Con gaming convention. For more information on the Symposium, visit www.genconwriters.com .
About Gen Con:
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. www.gencon.com
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The 2nd Annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is now open for submissions! As many of you will remember, Baen Books hosted this award at the Writer's Symposium last year, and it was a huge success! Well they're doing it again, so now is your chance to take part. Here's everything you need to know!
2015 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD ANNOUNCED
Second Annual Contest for Best Fantasy Adventure Story
To be Presented at Premier Gaming Convention Gen Con
January 6, 2015, Riverdale, New York—After last year’s enthusiastic response to the inaugural Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, Baen Books and the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium are happy to announce the Second Annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The contest is centered on adventure fantasy short stories, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy.
The contest is now open for submissions and all entries must be received by midnight on April 1st, 2015. Each entry is limited to a short story of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. Entries will be judged by Baen editors with finalists also being judged by author Larry Correia.
“We are very pleased to continue our association with Gen Con and its Writer’s Symposium,” said Baen executive editor Jim Minz. “Gen Con is the best-attended gaming convention in the world, and it is the perfect place to seek out and showcase great fantasy talent.”
“We're looking for the best piece of original short fiction that captures the spirit and tradition of such great storytellers as Larry Correia, Robert E. Howard, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Weber,” said Minz. “We want fantasy adventures with heroes a reader wants to root for. We're looking for warriors, either modern or medieval, who solve problems with their wits as well as their weapons.”
Baen Books is known for its New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Baen’s print books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while electronic editions of its titles are available at baeneboooks.com amazon.com, bn.com and many other outlets.