Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: FICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

Megge of Bury Down: The Bury Down Chronicles, Book One
2021 Finalist

Author: Rebecca Kightlinger

Publisher: Rowan Moon

ISBN: 978-1-7343168-0-3

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In medieval Cornwall, young Megge has come of age to be apprenticed to the healer of Bury Down. But first, she must summon the courage to accept and vow to protect The Book of Seasons, which holds life-sustaining power harnessed centuries earlier by Murga, the first seer of Bury Down.

A Noble Calling: An FBI Yellowstone Adventure
2021 Finalist

Author: Rhona Weaver

Publisher: Two Oaks Press

ISBN: 978-1-7347500-0-3

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A Noble Calling is pure fiction, but it could be pulled from today's headlines. A rookie FBI agent battles adversity and danger to find redemption. The book transports you to Yellowstone National Park where FBI agents and park rangers face a murderous militia, a determined assassin, and a self-styled prophet.

West of Sin: A Thriller
2021 Finalist

Author: Wesley S. Lewis

Publisher: Red Granite Press LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7340157-1-3

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Jennifer Williams is running from heartache when she stops for directions and inadvertently interrupts a robbery in progress. A handsome bystander steps forward to protect her, but she soon learns that the robbery wasn't what it appeared and that this small town west of Sin City hides a big secret.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: FICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Rebecca Rosenberg

Publisher: Lion Heart Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-578-42779-9

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1878. Abandoned, pregnant and running a gold mine alone, Baby Doe gains the admiration of Silver King Horace Tabor. Scandal, economic ruin, and painful choices.

2020 Silver Winner

Editor: Datta Groover

Publisher: Deep Pacific Press

ISBN: 978-0-9832689-4-9

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Young Sam MacBride doesn't speak, yet appears to be aware of things he should have no way of knowing.  His increasingly unsafe behavior causes his parents great distress.

A Man of Honor, or Horatio's Confessions
2020 Silver Winner

Author: J.A. Nelson

Publisher: Quill Point Press

ISBN: 978-1-7333475-0-1

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A commoner’s oath to tell his friend’s true story launches his journey through war, love, and dishonor. How does Horatio create the legend of Hamlet?

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