2022 U.S. Selfies Shortlists Announced

The U.S. Selfies today announced the shortlist for the annual award that celebrates excellence in self-publishing. All books were published during the calendar year 2021 in one of three categories: adult fiction, children’s books and, for the first time, memoir/autobiography. A total of 25 books were selected from a pool of 220 entrants in the prize, which is managed jointly by BookLife, the self-publishing arm of Publishers Weekly, and BookBrunch, the trade publication of the U.K. Each of the three winning titles is awarded a $1,000 prize. Winners will be announced in June 2022. 

The 2022 shortlist is:


  • Kinley Bryan, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury
  • M. K. Dean, An Embarrassment of Itches
  • Metra Farrari, All the Blues Come Through
  • Shanna Hatfield, Sadie
  • Karla M. Jay, The Puppet Maker's Daughter
  • Michael Pronko, Tokyo Zangyo
  • Nikki Stern, Freeze Before Burning
  • Jenni L. Walsh, A Betting Woman: A Novel of Madame Moustache

Children’s Books

  • Aubre Andrus, Amanda, Toy Engineer
  • Garrett Curbow, Daughter of Light
  • Monica Eaton, Money Plan
  • David Horn, Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover
  • Karen Kincy, Dragon by Midnight
  • Dia Mixon, One Whole Me
  • Jennifer Shaw, Dumplings Mean Family
  • Courtney Shannon Strand, Roundup Rodeo
  • Katie Weaver, When The Sky Roars


  • Nadia Davis, Home is Within You, A Memoir
  • Noel Hankin, After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party
  • Lorena Junco Margain, On the Way to Casa Lotus
  • Allison Hong Merrill, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops
  • Wayne Raffesberger, Thank God I Got Polio: A Life of Adventure and the Adventure of Life
  • Arlene Sacks, Moving Forward
  • William V. Taylor Jr., On Full Automatic: Surviving 13 Months in Vietnam
  • M.S.P. Williams, Listen Mama
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