2023 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2023 Imadjinn Awards have been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Rimworld – Diplomatic Immunity, J.L. Curtis (self-published)
  • Omitted Pieces, Stephanie Hansen (Fire & Ice)
  • Sunrise Over Shippo, Melissa Olthoff (Theogony)
  • Consquences, Nick Steverson (Theogony)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Sovereign Fourth, Saph Dodd (Jumpmaster)
  • The Raven and The Crow: The Gray Throne, Michael K. Falciani (Three Ravens)
  • The Fate Of The Realm, Rose Marie Machario (Seventh Star)
  • Killer of Giants, Steven L. Shrewsbury (Seventh Star)

Best Horror Novel

  • You’re Mine, Somer Canon (self-published)
  • Clickers Never Die, Stephen Kozeniewski & Wile E. Young (Macabre Ink)
  • The Warrior Retreat, John Lynch (High Explosive Horror)

Best Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Chaos Song, L.R. Braden (Bell Bridge)
  • Scatter of Light, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Dutton)
  • Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Cat Mischief, Lydia Sherrer (Chenoweth)

Best Paranormal Romance

  • The Nighthawkers, Amy L. Bernstein (Wild Rose)
  • Gift of Fire, C.L. Carhart (self-published)
  • Antonio, D.B. Reynolds (ImaJinn)
  • Sons of Ymre: Erik, Lilith Saintcrow (ImaJinn)

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Sword and Sorcery: Frostfire, Ethan Avery (Stories By Storytellers)
  • Into the Real, Lydia Sherrer & John Ringo (Baen)
  • Deadly Setup, Lynn Slaughter (Fire & Ice)
  • The Hostage in Hiding, Henry Vogel (Rampant Loon)

Best Anthology

  • Classic Monsters Unleashed, James Aquilone, ed. (Black Spot)
  • It Came From the Trailer Park: Volume 2, William Joseph Roberts & Jenny Wren, eds. (Three Ravens)
  • You Pay, We Slay, William Alan Webb, ed. (Hit World)

Best Short Story Collection

  • The Gods Must Clearly Smile, Aaron Christopher Drown (Seventh Star)
  • Chronicles from the World of Guilt, Chris Durston (Three Ravens)
  • Paranormal City, Stephen Oliver (Three Ravens)
  • They Mostly Come At Night: Collected Short Fiction, Wesley Southard (self-published)

Best Short Story

  • “My Chopping List”, Stephen Kozeniewski (Counting Bodies Like Sheep)
  • “Angel Wings and Demon Bones”, Melissa Olthoff (The Valkyries Initiative)
  • “Goat Shopping”, Melissa Olthoff (Among the Embers)
  • “The Room”, L. Marie Wood (Campfire Macabre, Volume 2)

Best Audiobook Narration

  • Rimworld- The Rift, J.L. Curtis, narrated by Walt Allen (self-published)
  • Smugglers Run, William Joseph Roberts & Christopher Woods, narrated by Michael Le Blanc (Theogony)
  • Wildcat: Foreclosure of a Dream, William Joseph Roberts, narrated by Mark Boyett (Blood Moon)

Best Steampunk Novel

  • The Dwarves of Rahm: Omens of War, Michael K. Falciani (Three Ravens)
  • This Strange Engine, Philip Ligon (Newquist Corporation)

Winners will be selected by jury and announced at the Imaginarium Convention, to be held July 15, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Louisville East in Louisville KY. For more information, including a full list of finalists, see the Imaginarium website.

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