The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah
Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson
The Sitar by Rebecca Idris
Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Gay Bond Fan by Mark O’Connell
The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf
Speaking for the judges, Suzi Feay said: "[We] were delighted to see a growth in submissions this year, particularly from new female authors. From such a strong longlist, it was difficult to narrow down the choices to the final six, but we feel they represent the strongest individual voices with the most engaging tales to tell – whether it's lifting the lid on the 'Gaysian' girl scene; a blisteringly funny tale of council house life in Scotland and the north; the witty confessions of a Bond fanatic; a tough female cop with a secret; and finally, a shape-shifting monster of a historical antihero who would give Peter Ackroyd a run for his money. These are books to dazzle, amuse and beguile."