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P.O. Box 686
Baltimore, MD 21203-0686

Phone (410) JOE-BSFS [410-563-2737]
Fax # 410-879-3602


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Balticon is a major event for the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, a 501(c)(3), non-profit, charitable, literary and educational organization, dedicated to the promotion of, and an appreciation for, science fiction in all of its many forms.

BSFS is run entirely by volunteers, none of the Board of Directors, or officers, receive any pay for what they do. Likewise, all Balticon workers are volunteers.

BSFS publishes an annual fanzine (fan magazine) BSFAN in conjunction with Balticon.

BSFS has presented "The Compton Crook Award" each Balticon since 1983, for "... the best first novel in the genre published during the previous year..." The list of eligible books is published in the monthly newsletter so all club members will have a chance to read and vote and a complete list (with synopses) is also available on-line through the Compton Crook Award Page.

BSFS holds a yearly "Young Writers Contest." Contest submissions must be in the field of science fiction or fantasy. Contestants shall reside in, or attend school in Maryland, and be no older than 18 years of age as of the date of Balticon. Submissions shall be no more than 2500 words in length. The first, second and third place winners are invited to and announced at Balticon.

BSFS undertakes a number of other projects and organizes exhibits promoting science fiction and fantasy literature in Maryland.

All materials copyright © 2003 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc., unless otherwise noted.