The 18 titles were selected by a jury from a 77-title eligibility list.
- The Actual Star by Monica Byrne
- The Serpent by David Drake
- A Song with Teeth (Los Nefilim, #3)by T. Frohock
- Mother of All (Women’s War, #3) by Jenna Glass
- Sounding Dark (The Calpurnian Wars, #1) by Jo Graham
- Comes A Reckoning (Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter, #8) by John G. Hartness
- Blind Tiger (The Pride, #1) by Jordan L. Hawk
- Bacchanal by Veronica Henry
- The Water Blade (The Ridnight Mysteries, #1) by Stuart Jaffe
- Paladin’s Strength (The Saint of Steel, #2) by T. Kingfisher
- Paladin’s Hope (The Saint of Steel, #3) by T. Kingfisher
- Legacy (Deadly Curiosities, #5) by Gail Z. Martin
- Every Star a Song (The Ascendance Series, #2) by Jay Posey
- Blood and Feathers by Beth Revis
- The Extinction Trials by A.G. Riddle
- Water Horse by Melissa Scott
- The Blackwing War (Deep Witches, #1) by K.B. Spangler
- No Gods, No Monsters (The Convergence Saga, #1) by Cadwell Turnbull
The winner will be announced at ConGregate 8 on Friday, July 22, 2022 in Winston-Salem, NC.
The Manly Wade Wellman Award, founded in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The award is named for the late North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.