Only half are published authors.
The final six stories are:
Small Town Removal by Guy le Jeune.
Millie and Bird by Avril Joy.
Dislocation by Sheila Llewellyn.
Trompette de la Mort by Chioma Okereke
Don’t Try This at Home by Angela Readman
Mown Grass by Salley Vickers
The story that gets the most public votes will receive £3,500 at the Costa Book Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 29th January, with two runners-up each receiving £750.
The award is run in association with the Costa Books Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system.
For the main Costa Book of the Year award, bookmakers William Hill have novelist Hilary Mantel as odds-on favourites at 5-4.She was the winner of the Costa Novel Award with Bring Up the Bodies, her sequel to Wolf Hall.