The Realm Awards 2021 Finalists

You’ve been waiting, anticipating… And now, without further ado, here are the finalists of the 2021 Realm Awards!

NOVELS


Debut

The Carter Files: Phoenix by Lori Janeski, published by Amazon

Dust by Kara Swanson, published by Enclave Publishing

Empire of Blood by Olivia Cornwell, published by Olivia Cornwell

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes, published by Blackstone Publishing

Songflight by Michelle Bruhn, published by Songweaver Media

We had so many fantasy submissions this year and exactly half of them were Epic Fantasy submissions that we decided to split fantasy into two genre categories: Epic Fantasy and Fantasy (general)

Epic Fantasy

Empire of Blood by Olivia Cornwell, published by Olivia Cornwell

Forsaken Island by Sharon Hinck, published by Enclave Publishing

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes, published by Blackstone Publishing

Songflight by Michelle Bruhn, published by Songweaver Media

The Story Hunter by Lindsay Franklin, published by Enclave Publishing

Fantasy

Dust by Kara Swanson, published by Enclave

An Echo of the Fae by Jenelle Schmidt, published by Stormcave

Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads, published by Enclave Escape

Reformed by H. L. Burke, published by H. L. Burke

Ruby Dragon Kingdom by Michele Israel Harper, published by Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC

Middle Grade

An Echo of the Fae by Jenelle Schmidt, published by Stormcave

Iggy & Oz: The Soda Pop Wars by JJ Johnson, published by Dark Side Geeks

Legend of the Storm Sneezer by Kristiana Sfirlea, published by Monster Ivy Publishing

The Lost Tale of Sir Larpsalot by David Michael Williams, published by One Million Words

Ruby Dragon Kingdom by Michele Israel Harper, published by Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC

Paranormal/Supernatural

Legend of the Storm Sneezer by Kristiana Sfirlea, published by Monster Ivy Publishing

Mercury at Risk by Steve Rzasa, published by Steve Rzasa

Red Rider Rising by D.A. Randall, published by Character Entertainment

Stealing Embers by Julie Hall, published by Julie Hall

Warrior Saints – Creator by Carla Thorne, published by Carla Thorne

Science Fiction

Apprentice by Kristen Young, published by Enclave

The Carter Files: Phoenix by Lori Janeski, published by Amazon

Dawn of Vengeance by Ronie Kendig, published by Enclave Publishing

Fugue for the Sacred Songbook: In E-flat Minor by Keith Robinson, published by Keith Robinson

Heaven Came Down by Bryan Davis, published by Mountain Brook Ink

Young Adult

Dust by Kara Swanson, published by Enclave

Songflight by Michelle Bruhn, published by Songweaver Media

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes, published by Blackstone Publishing

Stealing Embers by Julie Hall, published by Julie Hall

The Story Hunter by Lindsay Franklin, published by Enclave Publishing


We did not receive enough Horror or Children’s novel submissions this year to be able to offer awards in these genre categories.


READERS CHOICE

Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3) by Morgan L. Busse

Dust (Heirs of Neverland Book #1) by Kara Swanson

Hidden Current (The Dancing Realms Book #1) by Sharon Hinck

Moonscript (Kings of Aselvia Book #1) by H. S. J. Williams

Stealing Embers (Fallen Legacies Book #1) by Julie Hall


NOVELLA/NOVELETTE

Shadow Light by Sarah Delena White, published by Sarah Delena White

Gone Wishing: A Steel City Genie Short Novella by Janeen Ippolito, published by Janeen Ippolito LLC

Mercury out Cold by Steve Rzasa, published by Steve Rzasa

Treason’s Crown by Anne Wheeler, published by Catherine Wheeler

Watson and Holmes by E.B. Dawson, published by E.B. Dawson


COVER DESIGN

Dawn of Vengeance by Ronie Kendig, published by Enclave Publishing, designed by Kirk DouPonce

Dust by Kara Swanson, published by Enclave Publishing, designed by Kirk DouPonce

Fugue for the Sacred Songbook: In E-flat Minor by Keith Robinson, published by Keith Robinson, designed by Amalia Chitulescu

Huntress by Julie Hall, published by Julie Hall, designed by Amalia Chitulescu

The Story Hunter by Lindsay Franklin, published by Enclave Publishing, designed by Kirk DouPonce


SHORT FICTION

Short Story

Breath of the Cherubim by Clint Hall, published by WordFire Press

Eryri by Laura Baugh, published by Tyche Books

The Eyes of the Barghest by Jillane Purrazzi, published by The Phoenix Fiction Writers

H.E.R.O. by Beth Wangler, published by The Phoenix Fiction Writers

One More Day by Clint Hall, published by Mt. Zion Ridge Press

Flash Fiction

Asylum by Elizabeth Lewis, published by Havok Publishing

Earl’s Dilemma by Jenelle Schmidt, published by Havok Publishing

The Hero of Parker City by Emily Grant, published by Havok Publishing

The Voice of Cancer by Ronnell Gibson, published by Havok Publishing

A Taste of Grace by Beka Gremikova, published by Havok Publishing


AUDIO

Audiobook

Fierce Heart by Tara Grayce, published by Sword & Cross Publishing, narrated by Liz Brand/Centenial Sound

Cry of the Raven by Morgan Busse, published by Oasis Audio, narrated by Jaimee Draper 

The Story Raider by Lindsay Franklin, published by Oasis Audio, narrated by Pam Turlow

Tainted by Morgan Busse, published by Oasis Audio, narrated by Jaimee Draper 

Shade: The Frankenstein Saga, Book 1: A Re-Imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Merrie Destefano, published by Merrie G. Destefano, narrated by Katherine Holt

Audio Drama

The Centimorgans in the Crypt by Benjamin Kempf, published by Ben Kempf/A Bit of Time Travel, directed by Benjamin Kempf

The Snowball Effect by Benjamin Kempf, published by Ben Kempf/A Bit of Time Travel, directed by Benjamin Kempf

The Unmaking of Monsters by J.P. Leck, published by J.P. Leck, narrated by J.P. Leck

Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, published by Untold Podcast, narrated by Kristin L. Norman/Nathan James Norman

Audio Short

Everyday Hero by Brianna Tibbetts, published by Havok Publishing/Havok Story Podcast, narrated by Magnus Carlssen

Small Hours by Jordan Wade, published by Just B. Jordan, narrated by Just B. Jordan

Sun Eater by Jordan Wade, published by Just B. Jordan, narrated by Just B. Jordan

Why God Made Beer by A.C. Williams, published by Havok Publishing/Havok Story Podcast, narrated by Magnus Carlssen


Congratulations, finalists!

THANK YOU, AUTHORS for entering your stories into this year’s awards!!! We had so many quality entries, more than ever before! The judges had an incredibly tough time selecting our finalists, because the scores were so close.

And thank you to our judges, who read tirelessly, and gave us great insight into our many entires this year! If you’re judging the finals, expect an email with your entries by the end of the week.


Don’t see your favorite novel on this list? You can still nominate it for our Readers’ Choice Award! Nominations are open through April 23rd.

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The Realm Awards 2021 Finalists