The BSFAN is an award-winning annual publication of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (, and 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. Deadline for receipt of copy is March 31, 2016. 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 1,800-2,200, based on previous conventions.

Advertising Rates (B&W) Size (W x H) Pro Fan
Full page: 7.5″ x 10″ $300 $150
Half page (horizontal): 7.5″ x 5″ $170 $85
Half page (vertical): 3.75″ x 10″ $170 $85
Quarter page (horizontal): 7.5″ x 2.5″ $120 $60
Quarter page (vertical): 3.75″ x 5″ $120 $40
Business card: 3.5″ x 2″ $50 $25

Bona-fide non-profit fan organizations are eligible for a 50% discount off the pro rates. Fan publications wishing to trade ads must request to do so in writing by March 15, 2016. Please email your reservation request along with your advertising deadlines and specifications to: bsfan AT bsfs DOT org.

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.

COLOR ADS: A limited number of interior color pages are available; sorry, no covers. A full color page (full bleed to edge if desired) is $400 (fan rate $200). Please make sure electronic files for color printing are saved using the CMYK colorspace.

Acceptable Printing Materials: Please provide camera-ready copy via one of the following methods (please include a SASE with adequate postage if you would like your materials returned; otherwise, they will be discarded after Balticon):

  1. Email attachment (pdf, psd, tiff, jpeg, png, etc.) to bsfan AT bsfs DOT org (very large files may be sent to elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com or shared via ftp or Dropbox; please query for instructions). A minimum of 300 dpi resolution is suggested for electronic files.
  2. CDROM or flash drive (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 March 31, 2016. Please query concerning other arrangements.

Mailing Address: Send all advertising reservations and copy to: Balticon 50, Attn: Advertising, PO Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203-0686.

Email Address: bsfan AT bsfs DOT org or elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com.

Payment: Please make all monies payable in U.S. currency to: Balticon 50. An invoice will be automatically emailed unless other arrangements are made. Paypal: elwynsattic AT gmail DOT com.

For further information on advertising, contact Patti Kinlock at bsfan AT bsfs DOT org. If you would lik Patti to call you, email her your phone number and the best days/times to reach you. You may also phone BSFS headquarters at (410) JOE-BSFS (563-2737); however, our building is not regularly staffed, so leave a message and we will return your call at the earliest opportunity — usually a few days later.

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Other Balticon advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, email sponsors AT bsfs DOT org.

BalticonTM is a service mark of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. © 2015/16 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc.

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