The 2022 Realm Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists in this year’s Realm Awards. We had another record-breaking year in terms of entries. A special thank you goes to this year’s judges: Y’all have done a tremendous job, and we appreciate your efforts!

Without further ado, here is the list of finalists (and some semifinalists) for this year’s awards. Authors: we will be in touch with details and instructions next week.



Coyle and Fang: Curse of Shadows by Robert Adauto (independently published)

House of Bastiion by K.L. Kolarich (Rogue Kite Publishing)

Operation Lionhearted by Maribeth Barber (independently published)

Recorder by Cathy McCrumb (Enclave Publishing)

The Sword in His Hand by J. J. Fischer (Ambassador International)

Epic/High Fantasy

Evernigh by M. J. Padgett (MJ Padgett Books)

Of Fire and Ash by Gillian Bronte Adams (Enclave Escape)

House of Bastiion by K.L. Kolarich (Rogue Kite Publishing)

Kingdom Lost by Dawn Shipman (Elk Lake Publishing)

General Fantasy

Power On by H. L. Burke (independently published)

Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads (Enclave Escape)

Shadow by Kara Swanson (Enclave Escape)

Silverblood by Jamie Foley (Fayette Press)

Wraithwood by Alyssa Roat (Mountain Brook Fire)

Science Fiction

Elite by Kristen Young (Enclave Escape)

Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer (Enclave Publishing)

Operation Lionhearted by Maribeth Barber (independently published)

Recorder by Cathy McCrumb (Enclave Publishing)

Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse (Enclave Escape)

Paranormal, Supernatural, Horror

Forging Darkness by Julie Hall (independently published)

Mercury with Style by Steve Rzasa (Interstice Books)

Mina: Warrior in the Shadows by Deborah Cullins Smith (Ye Olde Dragon Books)

Young Adult

Of Fire and Ash by Gillian Bronte Adams (independently published)

Power On by H. L. Burke (independently published)

Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads (Enclave Escape)

Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse (Enclave Escape)

Shadow by Kara Swanson (Enclave Escape)

Middle Grade

The Conductor by Talia Prewette (independently published)

The Not-So-Chosen One by Tamara Grantham (Cedar Fort)

Sing to Me of Rain by E.B. Dawson (independently published)

Book of the Year

Finalists (and the winner) will be announced from the books listed above at the Realm Awards Ceremony on July 22, 2022


A Thieving Curse by Selina R. Gonzalez (Wyvern Wing Press)

Of Fire and Ash by Gillian Bronte Adams (Enclave Escape)

Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse (Enclave Escape)

Shadow by Kara Swanson (Enclave Escape)

The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo (independently published)


Crownkeeper by Anne Wheeler (Catherine Wheeler), cover by Stefanie Saw at Seventhstar Art 

What Darkness Fears: An Anthology (Twenty Hills Publishing), cover by Psycat Digital Ink & Motion

On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen (Crab Apple Books), cover by Maria Spada

Shadow by Kara Swanson (Enclave Escape), cover by Kirk DouPonce at Dog Eared Design

These War-Torn Hands by Emily Hayse (Blue Maverick Press), cover by James T. Egan at Bookfly Design



Science Fiction, Paranormal, Supernatural, Horror

Firebird by Kathy Tyers (Oasis Audio), narrated by Natasha Soudek

Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer (Oasis Audio), narrated by Adam Verner

Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse (Oasis Audio), narrated by Taylor Meskimen

Stealing Embers by Julie Hall (independently published), narrated by Vanessa Moyen and Adam Gold


Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams (Oasis Audio), narrated by Ann Richardson 

Rosefire by Carolyn Clare Givens (Bandersnatch Books, LLC), narrated by Carolyn Clare Givens

Wraithwood by Alyssa Roat (Mountain Brook Ink), narrated by Katie Marchant

Wolf Soldier by James R. Hannibal (Oasis Audio), narrated by Adam Verner


<15 minutes

“Bad Help is Hard to Find” by Todd Hertz (Havok Story Podcast), narrated by Aud Andrews

“Dragon’s Spite” by Edward Sand (Havok Story Podcast), narrated by Shogo Miyakita

“The Toughest Crowd” by Beka Gremikova (Havok Story Podcast), directed by Magnus Carlssen, performed by David Izquierdo, Aud Andrews, Ginger Sue, Maximilian Conteras, Magnus Carlssen, Dallis MacKenzie, and Shogo Miyakita

>15 minutes

“The Architect” by Ben Kempf (Somewhat Significant Audio Productions), directed by Benjamin Kempf, performed by Peter Fazzari, Jonathan Cooke, Trisha Rose, Brian Kirk, Boyd Barrett, Benjamin Krispin, Marc LaPointe 

“The Final Line” by A. K. Preston, (Untold Podcast), narrated by Kristin L. Norman

“The Warehouse Tour” by K.A. Cummins (independently published), narrated by Keira Grace

>2 hours

Blind Date with a Supervillain by H. L. Burke (ACX), narrated by Kylah Williams

The Book of Evie by Jean Pascal (independently published), narrated by Kate Rudd

Met By Midnight by Janeen Ippolito (ACX), narrated by Kate Prendergast

Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy by K.A. Cummins (Eleonora Press), narrated by Nancy Peterson


Novella (>30K)

Cut to the Heart by Janeen Ippolito (independently published)

Dusk Crier by E.J. Kitchens (Brier Road Press)

Mercury off Course by Steve Rzasa (Interstice Books)

Reunion by H. L. Burke (independently published)

Novelette (10-30K)

Awakened by T.E. Bradford (Elk Lake Publishing)

Basilica Obscura by Jason Karpf (Elk Lake Publishing)

The Beauty of Magic by Rachel Harris (independently published)

Daughter of the Beastly Beauty by Michelle Levigne (Ye Olde Dragon Books)

Short Story (1-10K) Semifinalists*

“After Happil Ever” by Kristiana Sfirlea (Ye Olde Dragon Books)

“Backlash Frontlash Whiplash” by Bria Burton (Soul Attitude Press)

“Behind Walls” by Amy Earls (independently published)

“The Clock-Work Heart” by Kat Heckenbach (Dream Forge Press)

“Forbidden Library” by Anne J. Hill (Twenty Hills Publishing)

“Haven” by Lauren Smyth (Ambassador International)

“The Headless Henwoman and the Kissing Curse” by Kristiana Sfirlea (Twenty Hills Publishing)

“The Inksmith” by Katherine Briggs (Mysterion)

“Possession” by L.A. Thornhill (Twenty Hills Publishing)

“Shadow of the Cinchona Grove” by Cassandra Hamm (Ye Olde Dragon Books)

Flash Fiction (<1K) Semifinalists*

“The Art You See” by Kat Heckenbach (Havok Publishing)

“Captain of the Nebula” by Jane Maree (Havok Publishing)

“The Color of Grasshoppers” by Crystal Grant (Havok Publishing)

“CT 1109” by Rachel Harris (Havok Publishing)

“The Curse of Medusa” by Artfitch (Havok Publishing)

“The Glasswright” by A.C. Williams (Havok Publishing)

“A Home for Nova” by Hannah Carter (Havok Publishing)

“Potts & Pumpkins” by Hannah Carter (Havok Publishing)

“Jester’s Maze” by Lincoln Reed (Havok Publishing)

“The Ripple Effect” by Andra Marquardt (Havok Publishing)

*due to record breaking numbers of submissions for 2022, we are still judging some of our short story categories. We will update our listing as soon as the results from the final rounds of judging are in. Thank you for your patience.

Award winners will be celebrated at the 10th Annual Realm Makers Writers Conference Award Ceremony on July 22, 2022. Join us online or in Atlantic City, NJ!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Pam Halter

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! What a great list!! Congrats to all!

  2. Cheryl A. Van Til

    A marvelous list of talented, committed authors. Many congratulations to Morgan Busse whose name is in multiple categories!! Woo Hoo, Morgan. This fan is so proud of you.

  3. E.B. Dawson

    Where is the Middle Grade category?

    1. Lisa Godfrees

      Updated! Sorry for the oversight.

  4. E.B. Dawson

    Thank you!!

  5. Maribeth Barber

    I’m so excited and honored to be on this list with so many great authors–many of whom I’ve admired from afar for a while!

  6. Cassandra Hamm

    I am so honored to be a semifinalist and proud of the other contenders in the awards! So excited for this year’s Realm Awards!

  7. robert adauto III

    This is seriously a dream come true for me! I entered only because, heck, what not? I’m still reeling to even be considered.
    I’ll be there in AC next month to celebrate whoever wins!

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