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Hungarian writer, Ilona Hegedus nominated for The James B. Baker Award

21/02/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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A sci-fi poem, Clarissa by Hungarian science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, Ilona Hegedus has been nominated for The James B. Baker Award in the Best Poem for 2005 category.

Ilona Hegedūs is a young Hungarian writer who lives in Budapest. She is a graduate with English and Librarian majors and she also completed a master's program in European Studies and Global Affairs. Ilona writes science fiction, fantasy and horror in English, mainly in poetry form. Her works have appeared in a number of e-zines and printed magazines in the United States and in Britain, including Illumen, Expressions Newsletter, Between Kisses, AlienSkin Magazine, Skyline, KidVisions, Whispers of Wickedness, Beyond Centauri, Astropoetica and Book of Dark Wisdom magazine.

Her first book of genre poetry (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, humour), Unearthly Companion has appeared in October 2005 and can be purchased at Lulu.com. The book has been nominated for Muses Prize (in the Best Poem of Year 2005 category).

Another of her poems, Clarissa has just been nominated for The James B. Baker Award in the Best Poem for 2005 category. This poem first appeared in the June 2005 issue of Between Kisses, then later in her book Unearthly Companion.

The James B. Baker Award was created by Sam's Dot Publishing three years ago, in honor and in memory of one of the founders of Sam's Dot Publishing. The award is officially called The James B. Baker Award For Genre Fiction but the four categories include not only Short Story, but also Poem, Article, and Art.

The nominees are selected at the end of each year, and each editor in Sam's Dot Publishing selects the best short story, poem, and illustration from that year's magazines that he or she edits. An independent judge is appointed to select the best short story, poem, article, and illustration from these, and this judge, a genre notable, remains anonymous until the announcement of the winners. The winners will be announced in the March issue of Expressions newsletter.

More information on the The James B. Baker Award over at http://samsdotpublishing.com/awards.htm

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