- Death’s Bright Day by David Drake (Baen Books)
- Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Tor Books)
- Pawn’s Gambit by Darin Kennedy (Falstaff Books) <- Want to see the book? Go to our catalog page here!
- Shadow and Flame by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
- War Pigs by Jay Requard (Falstaff Books) <- Want to see the book? Go to our catalog page here!
The award, given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, recognizes outstanding science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.
The winner is selected by a vote of members of sf conventions held in the state: illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, and ConGregate. Eligible voters can participate by submitting a voter registration form by July 5.
The winner will be announced at ConGregate on Saturday, July 15.