Best New Voice: Fiction

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: FICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

The Ghosts of Thorwald Place
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Helen Power

Publisher: CamCat Books

ISBN: 978-0-7443-0143-4

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Rachel Drake is murdered in the elevator of her apartment building, but that’s only the beginning of her story. Her spirit tethered to her death spot and the apartments nearby, she observes her neighbors’ lives, uncovering their secrets and lies—while trying to figure out who killed her and why.

Daughter of the Salt King
2022 Silver Winner

Author: A. S. Thornton

Publisher: CamCat Books

ISBN: 978-0-7443-0391-9

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Emel, a young woman imprisoned by the Salt King, must navigate not only court intrigue and a mounting rebellion but her own heart after she discovers the secret to the Salt King’s tyranny over the desert—a wish-granting jinni who is as much a slave as Emel herself.

Paper Airplanes: A Novel
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Tabitha Forney

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-64742-177-9

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When Erin loses her husband on September 11, she thinks her life is lost, too. She surrenders to fate by diving into a cocktail of grief, guilt, and substance abuse. But when the road to destiny presents a twist, she has one more chance to decide whether marriage means forever, or if there’s life after happily ever after.

See below for the list of 2021 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: FICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Far Away Bird
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Douglas A. Burton

Publisher: Silent Music Press

ISBN: 978-1733022101

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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.

Iceman Awakens
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Sharon Krasny

Publisher: Koehler Books

ISBN: 978-1-64663-217-6

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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.

Poisoned Jungle
2021 Silver Winner

Author: James Ballard

Publisher: Koehler Books

ISBN: 978-1-64663-114-8

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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. 


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.

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The Boys Who Woke Up Early

Author: A.D. Hopkins

Publisher: Imbrifex Books

ISBN: 978-1-945501-27-2

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A gritty but tender story about adolescence and racism set in the hills of western Virginia at the end of the Eisenhower years.

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The Last Getaway

Author: Clay Savage

Publisher: Ocean Park Press

ISBN: 978-1-733880-60-2

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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

ISBN: 978-1-7332268-0-6

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A retired curmudgeon struggles to create a new identity after the death of his wife and the discovery of a devastating family secret.

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The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus

Author: Alanna McFall

Publisher: Atthis Arts

ISBN: 978-1-945009-34-1

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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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