The Compton Crook Award is for debut authors in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres, and is run by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society . The award will be announced in April, leading up to Balticon in May.
It's a tough shortlist with some excellent new authors on there. There are a couple of other Tor authors there, so kudos to Tor for investing in new talent. And there's a very fine novel that I've already read and reviewed - Emmi Itäranta's Memory of Water .