2022 Rising Star Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Amy Maitland: You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Elizabeth Gillman: The Man Between Us

Margaret Morse: The Original Handmaid

Erin Quinn-Kong: Under Her Influence

Victoria Watkins: The Last Trial of Lucy Crawford

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General First-Round Finalists:

He Gets That From Me by Jacqueline Friedland

The Wilderness Between Us by Penny Haw

Behind the Lens by Jeannée Sacken

 Debut First-Round Finalists:

 Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton

 The Audacity of Sara Grayson: A Novel by Joani Elliott

A Day Like This: A Novel by Kelley McNeil

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Tammy Harrow’s novel All the Salt in the Sea will be published on January 11, 2022. 

Marty Ambrose is excited to announce that her novel A Shadowed Fate won the Florida Writers Association gold medal for historical fiction.

Judith Keim’s 30th book The Desert Flowers-Lily was released on October 14.

Joyce Yarrow’s Zahara and the Lost Books of Light has been translated into Portuguese and published by Grupo Narrativa.

Michelle McCraw recently signed with Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. 

 Judith Teitelman is thrilled to share that her novel Guesthouse for Ganesha has been selected as the 2022 Official March International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book of the Month.

Patricia Olson is thrilled to announce her debut novel The Fountain was released on October 6. 

Gina Wilkinson’s When the Apricots Bloom was included on the Women's National Book Association annual list of the 20 top Great Group Reads for 2021.

Nancy Christie's short story "Doors and Windows" was recently published in Goat's Milk Magazine.

Janet Garber’s R-rated sendup of Andrew Marvell’s famous 17th-century poem “To His Coy Mistress” appears in The RavensPerch.

Jeannee Sacken is excited to announce that her second novel Double Exposure will be published by Ten 16 Press in October 2022.

Leta McCurry is thrilled to announce that her fourth novel All the Colors of My Soul was released on September 30 by Embers Press.

Kris Clink's novel Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal will be released on November 9 by SparkPress. The audiobook is out the same day, narrated by Xe Sands and produced by One Night Stand Productions.

Linda MacKillop is thrilled to announce her women's fiction debut novel The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon will be published by Kregel Publications in spring of 2022.

Karen Sargent recently signed with literary agent Don Pape of Pape Commons and accepted a contract for her women's fiction novel If She Never Tells from Iron Stream Media.

Katarina Mayer announces the release of Beyond the Thrill, book two in her women's fiction trilogy Happiness & Other Chores.

Angela Terry is excited to announce that her sophomore novel The Trials of Adeline Turner was released on October 19.

Ann Boyd Ivancie won the 2021 Colorado Gold Rush Literary Award in the Mainstream category for her novel Green Side Up.

Liz Alterman's novel The Perfect Neighborhood will be published July 12, 2022 by Crooked Lane.

Tamako Takamatsu won First Prize in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 2021 for The Pastures of My Eccentric Uncle (sponsored by Winning Writers).

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