Rising Star Award for Unpublished Women's Fiction

Past Winners 

2020

First Place
Scarves, by Rebecca J. Sanford


Finalists
Crocodile Tears, by Kilby Blades
Crooked Lake, by Melissa Lanning
Faces of War, by Barbara Ristine
Practically Perfect In Every Way, by Brigette Russell

2019

First Place (tie)
Someone to Watch Over, by William Schreiber
In Search of Jake Ryan, by Michele Egan 


Second Place (tie)
Circumference of Silence, by Jacquie Herz
A Moment's Indulgence, by Seema Kahn
Truth and Other Lies, by Maggie Smith

2018

First Place: Angel Falls, by Shelby Riley

Second Place: Up a Gum Tree, by Robin Facer

Third Place: Love You Better, by Rachel Berros

Finalists

What Comes After Four, by Miranda Darrow

Looking for Darcy, by Ginny Elkin

2017

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

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

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

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

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