2022 Selah Award Winners – Fiction

I had a blast attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Below is a list of the 2022 Selah Award finalists and winners of the Fiction categories. The winners were announced at a live ceremony on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 7pm Eastern.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Audio Books

Prayer Walk (2nd place)
Janet Holm McHenry
ACX Audible

Sacred Sense from a Second Look (3rd place)
Phyllis Clark Nichols
Southern Stories Publishing

Soul Strong (WINNER)
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Oasis Audio

The Stars in April
Peggy Wirgau
Illuminate YA/ Iron Stream Media

With My Soul
Laurie Batzel
Anaiah Press

Children’s Picture Books

Bedtime with Mommy
Nancy I. Sanders
End Game Press

Dachshund Through the Snow (2nd place)
Michelle Medlock Adams
End Game Press

Dream Big, My Precious One (3rd place)
Jill Roman Lord
Worthy Kids

God Made Us Just Right
Allia Zobel Nolan/Illustrated by Katy Hudson
Kregel Publications

Mrs. Noah
Patti Richards
Little Lamb Books

My Arms Will Hold You Tight (WINNER)
Crystal Bowman, Teri McKinnley
Tyndale House Publishing

You’re More than a Sprout
Jill Roman Lord
BH Kids

Children’s Literature

Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime (WINNER)
Julie Lavender
Z Kids/Penguin Random House

Eat God’s Food (3rd place)
Susan Neal
Elk Lake Publishing

Ida Scudder Missionary Doctor
Terri Kelly
BJU Press

Puppy Dog Devotions (2nd place)
Michelle Medlock Adams
New Hope Kidz/Iron Stream Media

 Middle Grade Fiction & YA Literature

Easy Target (WINNER)
Tim Shoemaker
Focus on the Family

Escape from the Everglades (2nd place)
Tim Shoemaker
Focus on the Family

Hesitant Heroes
Sharon Rene
Anaiah Press

Into The Great Marinara (3rd place)
Nicolas C. Day
Elk Lake Publishing

Secrets in September
Doreen McAvoy
Elk Lake Publishing

Wolf Soldier
James R. Hannibal
Enclave

Wraithwood
Alyssa Roat
Mountain Brook Fire/Mountain Brook Ink

Anthologies

Christmas in Mistletoe Square (3rd place)
Janine Rosche, Pepper Basham, Teresa Tysinger, Cara Putman
Independently Published

Real Life. Real Ladies (2nd place)
Rita Klundt
E A Books

We May Be Done but We’re Not Finished (WINNER)
Deborah DeArmond
Elk Lake Publishing

Short Stories Online & In Print

Away in a Manger
Beth Pugh
Ally Press

His Touch
Maureen Miller
PenningPansies.com

Your Eve
Hannah Linder
HannahLinderBooks.com

First Novel

Every Window Filled with Light (3rd place)
Sheila Stovall
Elk Lake Publishing

Tempest
C J Campbell
Iron Stream Media 

The Chase
Bradley Caffee
Mountain Brook Fire/Mountain Brook Ink

The Endling (WINNER)
Deborah Maxey
Firefly Southern Fiction

The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (2nd place)
Sharon J. Mondragon
Kregel Publications

Novella

Abort (WINNER)
C. D. Hulen
C. D. Hulen Publisher

Made-to-Order Christmas (3rd place)
Dana R. Lynn
Blessed Publishing

New Wine Transportation Company (2nd place)
Heather Norman Smith
Ambassador International

General Fiction

Keeping Bailey
Dan Walsh
Bainbridge Press

Mercy’s Song (2nd place)
Sarah Hanks
SonFlower Books

The Nature of Small Birds (WINNER)
Susie Finkbeiner
Revell/Baker Publishing Group

The Sound the Sun Makes (3rd place)
Buck Storm
Kregel Publishing

Historical/Biblical Fiction

Easton at Christmastide (2nd place)
Rebecca Price Janney
Elk Lake Publishing

The Finder of Forgotten Things (3rd place)
Sarah Loudin Thomas
Bethany House

This Hallowed Ground
Donna E. Lane
Bear’s Place Publishing

Whom Gods Destroy (WINNER)
Vincent B. Davis II
Thirteenth Press

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Bridges (WINNER)
Deborah Raney
Raney Day Press

Butterfly Cottage (2nd place)
Carrie Fancett Pagels
Hearts Overcoming Press 

Every Window Filled with Light
Sheila Stovall
Elk Lake Publishing

Facing the Dawn (3rd place)
Cynthia Ruchti
Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Historical Romance

Along a Storied Trail
Ann H. Gabhart
Revell Books/Baker Publishing Group

Endless Mercy
Kimberley Woodhouse, Tracie Peterson
Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group

Maggie’s Strength (2nd place)
Pegg Thomas
Spinner of Yarns Publishing

Painted Memories
A. M. Heath
Independently Published

Sadie (3rd place TIED)
Shanna Hatfield
Wholesome Hearts Publishing

Sarah’s Choice (WINNER)
Pegg Thomas
Spinner of Yarns Publishing

Sunny
Jennifer Lynn Cary
Tandem Services Press

The Indebted Earl
Erica Vetsch
Kregel Publications

Through the Lettered Veil (3rd place TIED)
Candace West
Lost Creek Press

To Find Her Place
Susan Anne Mason
Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group

Contemporary Romance

Anchor My Heart
Sara Beth Williams
Anaiah Press

Cake That! (3rd place)
Heather Greer
Scrivenings Press

Love’s Dwelling (2nd place)
Kelly Irvin
Zondervan

Royally Confused
Jill Boyce
Winged Publications

Royally Engaged
Jill Boyce
Winged Publications

The Billionaire’s Secret (WINNER)
Meghann Whistler
Independently Published

Mystery/Suspense

Blueberry Bungalow (2nd place)
Konnie Viner
Redemption Press

Crosshairs (WINNER)
Patricia Bradley
Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Hoax
Leanna Sain
Lamplighter Suspense/Iron Stream Media

Obsession
Patricia Bradley
Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Operation Music Man
Jennifer Haynie
Independently Published

Poisoned (3rd place)
Patricia Hartman
E A Books

The Scandal of Mercy
Dan Walsh
Bainbridge Press

Romantic Suspense

Abducted in Alaska
Darlene L. Turner
Love Inspired Suspense/Harlequin

Bridge of Gold
Kimberley Woodhouse
Barbour Publishing

Lethal Coverup (3rd place)
Darlene L. Turner
Love Inspired Suspense/Harlequin

Protecting Her Witness (WINNER)
Sarah Hamaker
Seshua Press

Secret Presence
Darlia Sawyer
Winged Publications

Unknown Threat (2nd place)
Lynn H. Blackburn
Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Speculative Fiction

Beneath the Deep (2nd place)
Andrea Chatman
Elk Lake Publishing

Domestic Enemies (THIRD PLACE)
Kent Wyatt
Winged Publications

Tempest {WINNER}
C J Campbell
Iron Stream Media

The Chase
Bradley Caffee
Mountain Brook Fire/Mountain Brook Ink

Book of the Year Winners

Book of the Year – Children

Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime – by Julie Lavendar

Book of the Year – Fiction

Abort by C.D. Hulen

Book of the year – Nonfiction

Discipled Leader by Preston Poore

Published by Sara Beth Williams

Contemporary Christian Romance author, wife, mother, believer in Christ, freelance publicist,

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