Baker Award

James Baker


In honor of James Baker, each year Sam’s Dot will present one talented young writer with the Baker Award along with $250, which we hope will both acknowledge that young writer’s talent and encourage them to keep writing.

The basis for the award will be stories submitted to us at  The writer must be less than 18 years of age at the time of submission.  We are open for entries now April 1st, 2013, but the submissions process will close September 1st, 2013.  The winner will be announced October 1st, 2013.  Our editorial staff will winnow the submissions down to the top five, which will then be voted on by our readers.

We’ll post more details here over the next week, but the story limit is 5,000 words.  No excessive gore or gratuitous sex, etc.  Acceptable genres include science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and steampunk.

If there are any questions as to submission format, ask Dr. Google because if the format is sloppy we won’t bother to read the story.

So if you know a teen or pre-teen with a talent for telling a good story, let them know about the Baker Award.

Good luck!