2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award Longlist

The 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy longlist was revealed June 4 by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation. The 2021 award also covers novels published in 2020.

The 24 titles were selected by a jury from the 64-title eligibility list.

  • Renee Ahdieh, The Damned (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
  • Paul Barrett, Cry of Decay (Falstaff Books)
  • Natania Barron, Queen of None (Vernacular Books)
  • Emily Colin, Sword of the Seven Sins (Blue Crow Books)
  • Tracy Deonn, Legendborn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Patrick Dugan, Storm Shattered (Falstaff Books)
  • T. Frohock, Carved from Stone and Dream (Harper Voyager)
  • Jenna Glass, Queen of the Unwanted (Del Rey)
  • Crymsyn Hart, Forest of Bones (Mocha Memoirs Press)
  • A.J. Hartley, Impervious (Falstaff Books)
  • Whitney Hill, Elemental (Benu Media)
  • T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Grace (Argyll Productions)
  • T. Kingfisher, The Hollow Places (Gallery / Saga Press)
  • Robin Kirk, The Hive Queen (Blue Crow Books)
  • Gail Z. Martin, The Sellsword’s Oath (Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency)
  • James Maxey, Dragonsgate: Devils
  • Kwame Mbalia, Tristan Strong Destroys the World (Rick Riordan Presents)
  • Jay Posey, Every Sky a Grave (Skybound Books)
  • Scott Reintgen, Ashlords (Crown Books for Young Readers)
  • Christopher Ruocchio, Demon in White (DAW)
  • Christopher Ruocchio, The Lesser Devil
  • Lisa Shearin, The Entity Game (Murwood Media)
  • Meagan Spooner, The Other Side of the Sky (HarperTeen, with Amie Kaufman)
  • Rysa Walker, Now, Then, and Everywhen (47North)

A shortlist of finalists will be announced on Monday, June 21, and the winner will be announced at ConGregate 7 / DeepSouthCon 59 on Friday, July 9, 2021 as part of the Opening Ceremonies.

The Manly Wade Wellman Award, founded in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors/ The award is named for the late North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.

1 thought on “2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award Longlist

  1. I didn’t know Manley Wade Wellman lived in Chapel Hill, NC. I went to the University of North Carolina there in the ’60s…but that was before I got into SF and fandom, so I didn’t know or know of, Wellman. The most famous UNC alumnus I met at college was Kay Kyser (1905 – 1985), who also retired there. Kyser was famous for his ’30s-’40s “Kollege of Musical Knowledge” radio program, and the films he made in the ’40s; but those weren’t SF–though I learned recently that Kyser appeared once as himself (i.e., as the “Ol’ Perfesser” at the “Kollege”) in a 1949 “Batman” comic book (“The Mystery Broadcast” in Detective Comics # 144), and was instrumental in helping Batman capture the villain.

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