- Glitch, Heather Anastasiu (St. Martin’s Griffin)
- Shadow Ops: Control Point, Myke Cole (Ace)
- Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne)
- Fair Coin, E. C. Myers (Pyr)
- Scourge of the Betrayer, Jeff Salyards (Night Shade)
The award, which honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, will be presented at Balticon 47, May 24-27, 2013. Selection is by vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.