2017

STAR Award

The 2017 Star Award General Category winner is Carla Damron for The Stone Necklace. Damron lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Her book was published in January 2016. 

The 2017 Star Award Outstanding Debut Category winner is Marilyn Simon Rothstein for Lift and Separate. Simon Rothstein lives in Avon, CT, and her book was published in December 2016.

RISING STAR Award

First Place

The Fifty-Week Wife by Sheri Taylor-Emery

Second Place

Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron

Third Place

Margin of Safety by Rebecca Hodge

Finalists

Lavender Field by Amiee Holland 

On the Verge of Breathing by Krista Riccioni

2016

STAR Award 

The 2016 Star Award General Category winner is Scott Wilbanks for The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster. Wilbanks is an American living in Auckland, New Zealand. His book was published in August 2015.

The 2016 Star Award Outstanding Debut Category winner is Kelli Estes for The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. Estes lives near Seattle, Washington, and her book was published in July 2015.

RISING STAR Award

First Place

The Substitute Princess by Kathleen Sander Basi

Second Place

By Accident by Laura Levin

Third Place

Shelter Me by Gabrielle Luthy

Finalists

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson 

Four Women Talking by Micki Berthelot Morency 

2015

RISING STAR Award

First Place

Saudade by Kristin Pedroja

Second Place

The Edge of the Ocean by Lisa Duffy

Third Place

One Step Forward by Kasey Ferris

Finalists

I Hold the Wind by Erin Bartels

Soundtracks of Separation by Layla Denny

What’s Left Untold by Sherri Leimkuhler

2014

RISING STAR Award

First Place
A Sister in Need by Jenny Hansen

Second Place

So Brand New by Patricia O’Day Rosen

Third Place 

The Wine Widow by Kathleen Basi

Finalists 

Silent Grace by Geri LeClerc

Trespass by Sandra Neily