BSFAN Souvenir Book Advertising

BSFAN cover fro Balticon 55

The BSFan is an award-winning annual publication of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. ( 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. The 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 approximately 1,200-1,900, based on previous in-person conventions.

Rates for Balticon 56

Advertising RatesSize (W x H)Pro RateFan Rate (50% discount)
Full page:7.5” x 10”$330.00$165.00
Half page (horizontal):7.5″ x 5″$200.00$100.00
Half page (vertical):3.75″ x 10″$200.00$100.00
Quarter page (horizontal):7.5″ x 2.5″$150.00$75.00
Quarter page (vertical):3.75″ x 5″$150.00$75.00
Business card:3.5″ x 2″$80.00$40.00
Full page (color insert, center of booklet):7.5” x 10”$430.00$215.00
Full page (inside front or inside back cover):7.5″ x 5″$450.00$225.00
Half page (horizontal):7.5” x 5”$300.00$150.00

Legitimate non-profit fan organizations are eligible for a 50% discount off the professional rates. Please email your reservation request along with your advertising deadlines and specifications to:

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.

Acceptable Printing Materials

Please provide camera-ready copy via one of the methods listed below. Please include a SASE with adequate postage if you would like your materials returned; otherwise, they will be discarded after Balticon.

  1. PREFERRED: Email attachment (pdf, psd, tiff, jpeg, png, etc.) to A minimum of 300 dpi resolution is suggested for electronic files. Alternate sharing arrangements for large files (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive) are available upon request.
  2. Portable media (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

Balticon 56
Attn: Advertising
PO Box 686
Baltimore, MD 21203-0686

Email Address:


Please make all monies payable in U.S. currency to: Balticon 56. An invoice will be automatically emailed unless other arrangements are made. Paypal: If payment is not received by the due date on the invoice, BSFS and Balticon reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove your ad from publication in the souvenir book.