2021 FINALISTS - BEST NEW VOICE: FICTION
See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BEST NEW VOICE: 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.
Far Away Bird
Author: Douglas A. Burton
Publisher: Silent Music Press
Byzantium, Sixth Century. From the brothels to the bathhouses, a poor girl named Theodora learns to embrace her exploitation and let go of the people she loves most. But when Theodora chooses her personal sovereignty, no matter the cost, her battle will lead her to an impossible destination–the throne of the empire.
Author: Sharon Krasny
Publisher: Koehler Books
Forgotten and frozen for 5000 years, the most studied corpse in the world known as Ötzi was found emerging from a glacier on the Italian Alps. Murdered, shot through the back, his story creates a haunting need to understand how he got there. Young Gaspare tells his story as the Iceman, as he faces the rites of passage of an ancient tribe, the longing for love and deepening friendship, and the scars of cowardice. Gaspare’s four challenges will test his wit, strength, and the love of a mother for her son. If he is to find his place in the changing tribe, he must understand his greatest fear.
Author: James Ballard
Publisher: Koehler Books
Poisoned Jungle speaks to the long tentacles war has on the life of Vietnam War medic, Andy Parks. In a powerful human saga, Andy teeters on the chasm of survivor's guilt, desperate to find equilibrium. An intimate glimpse into one veteran's struggle for meaning after the despair of war.
2020 WINNERS - BEST NEW VOICE: FICTION
See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.
The Boys Who Woke Up Early
Author: A.D. Hopkins
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
A gritty but tender story about adolescence and racism set in the hills of western Virginia at the end of the Eisenhower years.
The Last Getaway
Author: Clay Savage
Publisher: Ocean Park Press
When a bank heist goes sideways, two getaway drivers come together to figure out what the hell happened, and make the score of a lifetime.
Author: Trish Heald
Publisher: Glasswing Media
A retired curmudgeon struggles to create a new identity after the death of his wife and the discovery of a devastating family secret.
The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus
Author: Alanna McFall
Publisher: Atthis Arts
Chelsea is determined to make it to her brother’s wedding. And she won’t let the fact that she’s been dead for two years stop her.
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