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October 1, 2019
The semifinalists were chosen from five genres by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and BookLife.

Twenty-five books from five genres advanced to the semifinal round of the 2019 BookLife Prize. Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the semifinalists are as follows:


General Fiction

Dancing on the Spider's Web

Everywhere She's Not

Exit 8

Seeking Grace in Beulah Land

Simon's Mansion



Delphy's Rising

Fatal Rounds

Missing Pieces: A Novel of the Balkans

Shadow of Doubt

To Suffer is Human


Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Behind Distant Stars


Kurintor Nyusi

Pluto's Ghost

Sorcerous Rivalry


Abigail Always Ever After

Drove All Night

The Perfect Lap

Never Kiss a Scot

Bound in Flame


Middle Grade/Young Adult

CeeGee's Gift

The Edge Rules

Sky-bound Misfit

Tinsey Clover



The semifinal round will be judged by a fantastic group of award-winning and bestselling authors:

General Fiction: Adam Pelzman

Mystery Thriller: Rachel Howzell Hall

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Tim Pratt

Romance/Erotica: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Middle Grade/Young Adult: Amanda Hocking


For more information about the BookLife Prize, check out all the quarterfinalists and public entries.