YARWA is proud to announce the 2019 finalists for both the Rosemary contest and the Athena contest for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction.

Rosemary Finalists

Young Adult Contemporary

  • Moore Than a Thief by Megan Besing
  • Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
  • Periodic Attraction by Lana Pattinson

New Adult Contemporary

  • Buckskin Cody by James Montgomery
  • Claiming Carter by Jennifer Bonds
  • Opposites Attract by Jackie Rutherford

YA/NA Paranormal

  • Daughters of Glaslyn by K. Elizabeth Young
  • Whisper by Tracy Bilen
  • Wicked is the Witch by Sam Taylor

YA/NA Speculative

  • Black Bay by Mary B. Jolley
  • The Dishonest by Lillie Wright
  • The Gates Between Worlds by Catherine Dougherty
  • Starshadow by Lyssa Mia Smith

Athena Finalists

Young Adult Contemporary

  • Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount
  • Knight Moves by Julie Moffett
  • The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
  • The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

New Adult Contemporary

  • Under a Storm-Swept Sky by Beth Anne Miller
  • The Reluctant Princess by M.C. Vaughan
  • Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise

YA/NA Paranormal

  • Manifest Destiny by NJ Damschroder
  • The Spellbinder’s Sonata by Stephanie Keyes
  • Undefined by Jessica Ruddick

YA/NA Speculative

  • Valiant by Merrie Destefano
  • Neliem by Clare Di Liscia
  • Toxic by Lydia Kang

Congratulations to all the Finalists!
Winners will be announced at the Day of YA event at the RWA Convention in New York. Thank you to all who entered the contest, our enthusiastic judges, and our dedicated coordinators.

Monica Jones
Athena Contest Coordinator

Tara Kennedy
Rosemary Contest Coordinator