Eligibility List for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation was proud to release this eligibility list of 64 titles for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy, presented in alphabetical order by author last name:


  • Renee Ahdieh, The Damned
  • Zeno Alexander, Rebel in the Library of Ever
  • Paul Barrett, Cry of Decay
  • Natania Barron, Queen of None
  • Jeff Boyd, Fortune’s Fool
  • Morgan Brice, Imaginary Lover
  • Morgan Brice, Huntsman
  • Morgan Brice, Kings of the Mountain
  • Morgan Brice, Unholy
  • Emily Colin, Sword of the Seven Sins
  • J.D. Cortese, The Watchtowers
  • Tracy Deonn, Legendborn
  • Patrick Dugan, Storm Shattered
  • Joanna Evans, Sinai Unhinged
  • T. Frohock, Carved from Stone and Dream
  • Alexander Gideon, A Web of Crimson
  • Jenna Glass, Queen of the Unwanted
  • Theresa Glover, Trouble in Mind
  • Crymsyn Hart, Forest of Bones
  • A.J. Hartley, The Mirrors Shattered
  • A.J. Hartley, Impervious
  • John G. Hartness, Swamp Music
  • John G. Hartness, Conspiracy Theory
  • Whitney Hill, Elemental
  • Whitney Hill, Eldritch Sparks
  • Chris A. Jackson, Dragon Nemesis
  • Stuart Jaffe, Lone Star Standoff
  • Stuart Jaffe, Southern Blood
  • Stuart Jaffe, Lost Time
  • E.M. Kaplan, The True Confessions of Fandingo the Fantastical
  • Darin Kennedy, Carol: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
  • T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Grace
  • T. Kingfisher, The Hollow Places
  • T. Kingfisher, A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
  • Robin Kirk, The Hive Queen
  • Emily Leverett, The Wolf in the Cloister
  • Ian J. Malone, Detron City Vice
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Black Sun
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Creature Feature
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Ghosts of the Past
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Monster Mash
  • Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Witch of the Woods
  • Gail Z. Martin, Sellsword’s Oath
  • Gail Z. Martin, Fugitive’s Vow
  • James Maxey, Dragonsgate: Devils
  • Kwame Mbalia, Tristan Strong Destroys the World
  • D.J. Molles, Defiant
  • D.J. Molles, The Nine
  • D.J. Molles, The Santas: A Christmas Story
  • Jay Posey, Every Sky a Grave
  • Maya Preisler, The Laws of Entanglement
  • Amy Ravenel, Cursed Spirit
  • Scott Reintgen, Ashlords
  • Kristopher Rufty, Hell Departed: Pillowface vs. The Lurkers
  • Christopher Ruocchio, Demon in White
  • Christopher Ruocchio, The Lesser Devil
  • Lisa Shearin, The Entity Game
  • Meagan Spooner, The Other Side of the Sky (with Amie Kaufman)
  • Rysa Walker, Now, Then, and Everywhen
  • Rysa Walker and Caleb Amsel, When the Cat’s Away
  • Leah Ward, The Dragon Shifter
  • Michael G. Williams, All the Pomp of Earthly Majesty
  • Allen Wold, The Gift: and the Price
  • Waugh Wright, Fractured Aspects

The winner(s) will be announced at ConGregate 7 / DeepSouthCon 59 on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Winston-Salem, NC.

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.

To promote the writing and reading of speculative fiction in North Carolina and to recognize outstanding achievements in North Carolina science fiction and fantasy.