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October 26, 2020
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 2020 BookLife Prize Fiction contest. Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the semifinalists are as follows:


General Fiction

Celebrating Naked

Child of Gilead

Independence Blues

The People of Ostrich Hill

Silver Bottle


Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

The Empress and the Arctic Tern


The Princess of Asylum

Suicide Door

The Turning Point



Bond Hunter

Dharma: A Rekha Rao Mystery

The Jade Tiger

Requiem for Thursday



Young Adult/Middle Grade

The Identity Thief


Tales by Moonlight

Time’s Musicians

The Translucent Boy and the Girl Who Saw Him



The Chemsworth Hall Series, Book One: Violet

Finding Liberty

Happily Ever His

Haunted Hearts

Take a Chance on Me