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


Young Adult Contemporary

  • All the Stars in the Ocean by Jennifer Camiccia
  • Covenant Park by Christine Gunderson
  • Dead Parents Camp by Joan F. Smith
  • Half of Something Else by Sarah Emery
  • Loving Outside the Lines by Kimberly MacCarron
  • A Van, A Plan, An Aerosol Can by Caroline Noonan


  • Beyond These Villa Walls by Leanne Farella
  • My Hands Hold My Story by Bethany Swaffford
  • The Pinkerton Sisters by Susan Azimzadeh Boyer

New Adult Contemporary

  • Finding Greta by Tara Harlow
  • The Ravine by Michelle Joyce Bond
  • Viral by Stacy Hoff

YA/NA Paranormal

  • Heaven on Hold by Dax Varley
  • Losing My Religion by Kristen Joy Wilks
  • Prom Fright by S. E. Babin
  • Two Wishes by Jennifer Dyer

YA/NA Speculative

  • Flint Flare Flame by Sam Taylor
  • Mercy Killers by Jessica Grace Kelley
  • Wild Thing by Marsha Longshore


Young Adult Contemporary

  • The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount
  • Worthy by Donna Cooner
  • Tanabata Wish by Sara Fujimura
  • Just One of the Boys by Leah Rooper & Kate Rooper
  • Livin’ La Vida Bennet by Mary Strand

New Adult Contemporary

  • Delayed Departure by Abigail Drake
  • A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller
  • Not My Idea by Bethany Swafford

YA/NA Paranormal

  • Deep Dark Secrets by Sarra Cannon
  • Soulmated by Shaila Patel
  • Birthright by Jessica Ruddick
  • Glimpses of Wilderness by Lee Ann Ward

YA/NA Speculative

  • Starswept by Mary Fan
  • Life After Chocolate by H.O. Knight
  • The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Best First Book

  • Tanabata Wish by Sara Fujimura
  • Soulmated by Shaila Patel
  • The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Thank you to all who entered the contest. Winners will be announced at this year’s Day of YA on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Monica Jones
Athena Contest Coordinator


Tara Kennedy
Rosemary Contest Coordinator