2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The winner of the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy was announced July 10 at ConGregate 7 / DeepSouthCon 59 in Winston-Salem, NC. 

The recipient of the award is:

  • Natania Barron, Queen of None (Vernacular Books)

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation created The Manly Wade Wellman Award in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019.

Manly Wade Wellman was a long-time North Carolina author and the award is named for him with the permission of his estate.

2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award Shortlist

The 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy shortlist was revealed June 28 by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation. The 2021 award also covers novels published in 2020.

The eight titles were selected by a jury from the 24-title longlist.

  • Natania Barron, Queen of None (Vernacular Books)
  • Emily Colin, Sword of the Seven Sins (Blue Crow Books)
  • Tracy Deonn, Legendborn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • T. Frohock, Carved from Stone and Dream (Harper Voyager)
  • A.J. Hartley, Impervious (Falstaff Books)
  • Whitney Hill, Elemental (Benu Media)
  • T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Grace (Argyll Productions)
  • Jay Posey, Every Sky a Grave (Skybound Books)

The winner(s) will be announced at ConGregate 7 / DeepSouthCon 59 on Saturday, July 10 as part of an awards ceremony also including the Phoenix Award and Rebel Award.

The Manly Wade Wellman Award was founded in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2021 award covers novels published in 2020. The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.

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.

2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy winner was announced July 27.

  • A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams (Falstaff Books)

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation created The Manly Wade Wellman Award in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019.

Manly Wade Wellman was a long-time North Carolina author and the award is named for him with the permission of his estate.

[Via Locus Online.]

2020 Manly Wade Wellman
Award Shortlist

The 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy shortlist was announced online June 29.

  • Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (Saga Press)
  • Breaking Gods by D. J. Molles
  • To the Bones by Valerie Nieman (West Virginia University Press)
  • A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams (Falstaff Books)

Ordinarily, the winner(s) would be announced at ConGregate on July 17, however, plans have not been finalized because the con is not being held in person this year.

The Manly Wade Wellman Award was founded in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019.

The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.

[Via Locus Online.]

2020 Manly Wade Wellman
Award Longlist

The 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy longlist was revealed during ConCarolinas’ closing ceremonies today.

Last year’s winner, Christopher Ruocchio, announced the 18 titles on behalf of the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation.

  • Masks & Malevolence / Time & Temper by Natania Barron (Falstaff Books)
  • The Hive by Orson Scott Card [and Aaron Johnston] (Tor Books)
  • The Storm by David Drake (Baen Books)
  • The Hanged Man by K. D. Edwards (Pyr)
  • 48 Hours by William R. Forstchen (Forge Books)
  • Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • Carl Perkins’ Cadillac by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
  • Southern Fury / Southern Souls by Stuart Jaffe
  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (Saga Press)
  • Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin (SOL Publishing)
  • Breaking Gods by D. J. Molles
  • To the Bones by Valerie Nieman (West Virginia University Press)
  • Winter World by A. G. Riddle (Legion Books)
  • Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio (DAW)
  • As the Crow Flies by Rysa Walker and Caleb Amsel (Starry Night)
  • A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams (Falstaff Books)
  • A Midnight Dreary by David Niall Wilson (Crossroad Press)

A shortlist of finalists will be announced on Wednesday, July 1. Ordinarily, the winner(s) would be announced at ConGregate on July 17, however, plans have not been finalized because the con is not being held in person this year.

The Manly Wade Wellman Award was founded in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019.

The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.

2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The winner of the 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Fiction and Fantasy was announced at ConGregate on July 12.

  • Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio (DAW)

Given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.

The other finalists, chosen by a jury from the eligibility list, were:

  • In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams Books)
  • Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (Saga Press)
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk (Goldenjay Books)
  • The Crossing by Jason Mott (Park Row)
  • Finders by Melissa Scott (Candlemark & Gleam)

Named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman, the award was started in 2013.

[Via Locus Online.]

2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award


The winner of the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Fiction and Fantasy was announced at ConGregate on Saturday, July 14.

  • Scourge by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

Gail Z. Martin. Photo by Cindy Walker.

The award, given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, recognizes outstanding science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.

The winner is selected by a vote of members of sf conventions held in the state: illogiCon, ConCarolinas, and ConGregate.

The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman.

2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award Shortlist

The finalists for the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Fiction and Fantasy were announced at ConCarolinas on June 1.

  • Frost & Filigree by Natania Barron (Falstaff Books)
  • Amazing Grace by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
  • The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills Press)
  • Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Scourge by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

The award, given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, recognizes outstanding science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.

The winner is selected by a vote of members of sf conventions held in the state: illogiCon, ConCarolinas, and ConGregate. Eligible voters can participate by submitting a voter registration form by July 2

The winner will be announced at ConGregate on Saturday, July 14.

The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman.

2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award Winner

The winner of the 2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy was announced at ConGregate on July 15.

  • Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Tor Books)

The award, given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, recognizes outstanding science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.

The winner was selected by a vote of members of sf conventions held in the state: illogiConConCarolinasConTemporal, and ConGregate.