Barnes & Noble has named the six finalists in its annual writing contest, the Discover Great New Writers Award. The contest, known as the Discover Awards, was established in 1990; this year's winners, who each receive a $10,000 prize and a year of promotion from the retailer, will be named on March 6 at a private ceremony. The finalists are:

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist (HarperCollins)
Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown)
Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles (Random House)

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House)
Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden (Crown Publishers/Random House)
Cheryl Strayed, Wild (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)