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The Winning Story from the Baen Fantasy Contest: The Golden Knight

The story has been posted over on Baen.com

Β http://www.baen.com/The_Golden_Knight.aspΒ 

This was a really hard contest to judge. There were so many solid entries and so many good writers.

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As one of the judges people have been asking me if we’ll release a list of the final 15 that they narrowed the 506 entries down from. I asked about that, but when Baen set up the rules we specified that we’d be listing the 3 finalists, not the others. So nope.

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Kate Julicher
Guest

Thanks for giving me a signal boost, Larry! Pretty thrilled to have my first professional sale come from Baen. I got a chance to read one of the runner up stories and wow, this competition was really fierce.

JP Kalishek
Guest

Loved yours. Can’t wait to read more from you.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

I just read your story. Hope to be reading more from you in the future. πŸ™‚

Ascher Goodrich
Guest

Great story, looking forward to more.

BobTanaka
Guest

Good story! I don’t feel at all bad for losing to you!

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Well done, K.D.

andonsage
Guest

Excellent story! πŸ™‚

Shawna Buchanan
Guest

Wow, that was really good. Loved the ending. Congrats on winning. I’d definitely be interested in reading a novel by you.

I’m also disappointed that we can’t hear who the final 15 were. Though let’s be honest–I probably didn’t make it, so maybe it’s for the best anyway.

Sue
Guest

Great story, Kate!
I look forward to reading more of your work in the future! πŸ™‚

Pellegri
Guest

Are we going to see longer work set in this world? I’d love to read it. πŸ˜€

Dave W.
Guest

Just read it, I like it! Great story! Looking forward to more! Bear warriors ftw!

Verner
Guest

How do you know a really great story? Makes you want more. This sure as hell did. Love it, please write more!

CMB
Guest

Read it yesterday. Read some other short stories in an anthology today. Preferred yours.

I agree with Robert Hicks below. The main plot is something that has been done many times. Your execution is what makes the short story a fun read (the word superb is wandering through my mind).

Good luck with the other stories you have. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy them soon.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Hey, with this being a first professional sale, is this our Sad Puppies entry for the Campbell award?

Alan
Guest

I like this story a lot, particularly because I am an Alan, with an older brother named John.

Andrew VanOrden
Guest

Great story! Sad that the final 15 won’t be able to know that they made it that far (I still hope I made it that far, if only because then you got to read mine).

Robert Hicks
Guest

I’ve read this plot 20-30 times but this was exceptionally well done. I want more. Any chance of a novel?

Kate Julicher
Guest

That’s awesome praise, Robert. I’ve got several stories in this universe. This story came out of a legend from a finished novel (not sold yet) set 300 years later, with an even more over the top tournament!

Adam
Guest

This is very well done. You got a lot going on there in the limited space available to you. Congrats and I look forward to (hopefully) seeing this universe expanded!

Ted Rutherford
Guest

I was also hoping to see who the final 15 were. Oh well. Rules is rules.

Ted Rutherford
Guest

Also, it’s pretty cool of Baen to let us read this for free. I’m looking forward to having this for my reading tonight before I call it a day.

C.J. Carella
Guest

Me too, but not knowing means I can dream my submission made it to the lucky 15 list for the rest of my life πŸ™‚
Meanwhile, I put my loser (er, my otherwise-winning-’cause-we’re-all-winners, or something PC like that) up on Amazon and it’s making me a little bit of money, although clearly the big earners are novels, not short stories.
Congrats to the winner, loved the story!

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

Yeah, I punted mine up on lulu ebooks last week for slightly over a dollar last week (alas, exchange rates when I set the price changed and what was originally 99c became $1.01…) and waiting for the links to ibooks, nook and Amazon to be sent/appear.

^.^

I wonder if there could be a post somewhere where those of us 503 non-top-3 entrants could link if we put our short stories up for sale. (Coz, I’d like to read the works that went in too!)

Shawna Buchanan
Guest

Do people actually buy Kindle short stories from unknown authors? I’ve been pondering what to do with mine.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

People have been buying my Sparrowind short. I’d still consider myself an unknown author.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Well, You saw mine, since I put it up for free on my DeviantArt account. But I’m gonna shoot for novel length, and that’s going straight to Amazon.

One bit of advice for shorts, sign them up for KU/KOLL. I did with Kiwi, and I had two “Borrows” last month, and because of the way the pool works, they each paid about 150% of the selling price (let alone the normal royalty payment). Clearly for books it’s not as lucrative, but for shorts, wow. And the KU terms make borrowing shorts much more practical for the readers.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

I don’t know if we can do the KU/KOLL thing, since we’re using Lulu as our primary publisher as opposed to Amazon Direct; as well as having the book distributed outside of Amazon.

:-/ And I’ve noted about the headaches of international tax exemption filing as a foreign national…

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Yeah, you have to be an Amazon exclusive for KU/KOLL

I guess Lulu will work for you (JollyJack uses it as well) although I’ve heard some vague things about them not being such a good deal.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

^^; yeah, there’s a lot of quick convenience that Amazon provides but…

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

I haven’t had many problems so far, with lulu.

Oh, speaking of deviantart, Clamps went to mine so he could make fun of my art at Jordan’s blog, because he was ‘losing’ on arguing about the book I put out was crap. The only thing he’s really revealing is that he stares waaaaay too long at the nude body studies, and at the crotches of my male characters. It’s been entertaining me on my coffee breaks.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

He must be developing some huge muscles from toting those goalposts around so much.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

I think he dropped them on his foot the last time he tried to move them. *chuckle*

Fail Burton
Guest

Congratulations.

Alan S.
Guest

This line should be italics I think:
“You know if you’d let me, I could heal that leg faster than you can blink”

Well done short.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

If I mentioned the plot details of mine, would you say if you recognized it?

As it is, I’m planning to expand it to book length.

Eamon J. Cole
Guest

Good story! Looking forward to more. There will be more, yes?

Mildly frustrated about the top 15. Leaves me in limbo. Ah, well, I’ll have to see where else the story might take me.

jalazar88
Guest

So. . .you can neither confirm nor deny that a Stiennon story about an amphibious pirate and a ghost ship was in the top 15?

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

*bookmarks to save it as a reward as the end of the day’s work*

Congratulations! And extra congratulations for Baen being your first! ^o^/

(*Idly wonders if Larry got to read mine… but I figure that’s dreaming on my part* XD )

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

Ok, I love the story and echo the query about ‘will there be more’?

It is a good way to end my day. ^_^

maxyp
Guest
I just want say that I gave up on reading after highschool. I was homeschooled for the longest time, and an avid reader of the books furished by my mothers curriculum. But the drivel they force down your throat tortured me until I gave up reading all-together. I lost the stomach and desire to read, I know there are amazing books out there, but I lost interest in picking up pages with a cover on them. Yes, fiction in highschool is that bad. Finally I drew together all my courage, walked into a bookstore and bought The Hunger Games, which… Read more »
maxyp
Guest
I just want say that I gave up on reading after highschool. I was homeschooled for the longest time, and an avid reader of the books furished by my mother’s curriculum. But the drivel they force down your throat tortured me until I gave up reading all-together. I lost the stomach and desire to read, I know there are amazing books out there, but I lost interest in picking up pages with a cover on them. Yes, the perscribed fiction in highschool is that bad. Finally I drew together all my courage, walked into a bookstore and bought The Hunger… Read more »
Eamon J. Cole
Guest

Larry’s work, and the Baen stable in general, is a long way from much of the hyped ‘popular’ work.

Check ’em out. I’d wager you’ll not be disappointed.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Plus they have a lot of freebies on their site, usually the first volume of a series (the first hit is free….)

djulicher
Guest

We definitly have more in that universe, some of which bumps into those characters. We have been shopping around some shorts, a novel and have several others in the works. I can’t say when those might be available. We have been very excided by the response to this story because it is just the sort of thing we like working on. It might not be as soon as we would like but please keep an eye out for more from us in the future.

Now I will get off Larry’s soap box before he bills me ;D

Wes S.
Guest

Excellent story. Would like to see more.

A. M. Freeman
Guest

Great story! I tried send in a story, but I didn’t find out about the contest until a month before it was due. And as we were trying to send it in there were some glitches and we didn’t get the story in until a few minutes after midnight on the due date. So I don’t know if my little five-year-old with her army of chainsaw-armed pirates and armored dinosaurs fighting against robot wolves and evil nightmares made it into the contest or not:/

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