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October 23, 2023
By PW Staff
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 2023 BookLife Prize Fiction contest. The semifinalists are as follows:


General Fiction

The Devil's Glove by Lucretia Grindle 

In the Garden of Sorrows by Karen Jewell

The Peruvian Book of the Dead by Roger J. Florschutz

Project Boing;) by Brian W. Robinson 

Well Dressed Lies by Carrie Hayes


Middle Grade/YA

Back in the USSR by Patrick D. Joyce 

The Beauty of a Spiral by Elizabeth Maddaleni 

Broken Promises by Anita Perez Ferguson

Knight Without Ceremony by Ari Magnusson

Making Friends With Monsters by Sandra L. Rostirolla



Deep Fake Double Down by Debbie Burke 

Death in the City of Bridges: A Miles Jordan Mystery Thriller by J.C. Ceron

Funeral Daze by Dorian Box

A Measure of Rhyme by Lloyd Jeffries

The One by Audrey J. Cole 



Under the Light of a Texas Moon by Lanae Joy

The Clock in the Water by Crissi McDonald

Guitars & Cadillacs by Sabine Frisch    

Lie With Me: A Steamy Second Chance Romantic Suspense (Night Herons Book 1) by Gwen Hernandez     

Shattered Ice by Jordyn Kross



CRISPR Evolution by Charis Jones

Downpour by Christopher Hawkins

Leap of Faith by Anthony Harrington        

The Red Rebel Extravaganza by Angela Kay

Three Grams of Elsewhere by Andy Giesler