- BURIAL, Neil Cross my rating 4.8
- Cut and Run by Alix Bosco
- ACCESS ROAD, Maurice Gee my rating 4.6
- Bold Blood by Lindy Kelly
- CONTAINMENT, Vanda Symon my rating 4.7
The winner will be announced on Friday 10 September at the Christchurch Writers Festival.
I have since learnt that the 3 finalists are