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October 24, 2022
By PW Staff

The semifinalists were chosen from five genres by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and BookLife. Congratulations to our semifinalists! Also, check out our list of BookLife Prize quarterfinalists.


The Blackest Blue by Luna Wright

Deepwood by Elise Chidley

Sleeping Around by Morgan Vega

Flying Fillies by Christy Hui

Elena the Brave by Julie Mathison


General Fiction

Atrocious Immoralities by Brynne Stevens

Boys in Exile by Richard Duggin

Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise by John Danenbarger

Ellis River by Nicki Ehrlich

Joint Venture by Carol Rhees



Gods and Angels by E.J. Knox

The Moonstone Girls by Brooke Skipstone

Strega - Magic: The Spirit Never Dies by Lynne Russell

Wild at Heart by Stacy Gold 

Words of Love by Teymour Shahabi



Death No Stranger by J.J. Green

Face the Night by Alan Lastufka

Goldhammer by Haris Orkin

The Uniform by G. Gruen

The Website by Miriam Verbeek



Becoming Crone by Lydia M. Hawke

In the Shadow of Humanity by N. John Williams

The Island Mother by Jon Cohn

Lo by Bradford Tatum

The Rookery by Edward Pontacoloni