- Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, Solaris
- Arabella of Mars (the Adventures of Arabella Ashby) by David D. Levine, Tor Books
- Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan, HarperTeen
- Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files) by Sylvain Neuvel, Del Rey
- Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, Book 1) by Ada Palmer, Tor Books
- Sleep State Interrupt by T.C. Weber, See Sharp Press
The award winner will be announced in May at Balticon 51.
The Compton Crook Award is presented by BSFS to the best first novel by an individual (no collaborations) published each year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. Selection is made by vote of the BSFS membership. The winner gets $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.
The Award is named for science fiction author Compton Crook (d. 1981), who wrote under the nom de plume Stephen Tall. The award has been given since 1983.