Realm Award Finalists!

Realm Award Finalists!

Greetings! It is with great joy that I announce the Realm Awards finalists! The competition was fierce. Each entry was judged by three separate judges, and the scores were tallied to ensure the most accurate outcome for each book.

From here, they will be judged again by three separate judges in order to determine the Category Award winner.

The books represented here are among the best speculative titles published in 2018, and we know you’ll think so too.

So join me in a round of applause for the following books!



The Story Peddler by Lindsay Franklin

Launch by Jason Joyner

Identity Revealed by J. M. Butler



Seeds: A Christian Fantasy by Rachel Starr Thomson

Dagger’s Sleep by Tricia Mingerink

Fierian by Ronie Kendig


Science Fiction:

Through Chaos by Joshua A. Johnston

Fraught by Kerry Nietz

No Road Among the Stars by A. Walker Scott




Shade: The Complete Trilogy by Merrie Destefano

The Breeding by Avily Jerome

Forsaken by Gina Detwiler


Young Adult:

The Story Peddler by Lindsay Franklin

Launch by Jason Joyner

The Wolf Prince by Claire Banschbach


About the Awards Coordinator

Avily Jerome is a writer and freelance editor. She spent five years as the Editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in multiple magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests, both for short stories and novels, and she is a book reviewer for Lorehaven Magazine.

She loves all things SpecFic and writes across multiple genres. She is also a writing conference teacher and presenter, and she enjoys speaking to local writers’ groups and going to SFF cons.

She is a wife and the mom of five kids. She loves living in the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and when she’s not writing, she loves reading, spending time with friends, and experimenting with different art forms.

You can find her on her social media and on her website, at

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    Congrats to the finalists!

  2. Pam Halter

    Wow – I didn’t realize Round 2 was over already! Congrats to all the finalists!! So many great books!

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