2021 Word Fantasy Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Winners have been announced  during the World Fantasy Convention, 4.-7.11.2021.

I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. I don’t exactly plan to read through everything. Some reviews are already available, mostly due to overlap with the other Award Nominations.

Here are all the nominees from short to long story. Links in the title lead to freely available online publications:

Best Short Story

Winner: Glass Bottle Dancer by Celeste Rita Baker 

Finalists:

Best Novella

Winner: ★★★+☆☆ • Riot Baby • 2020 • Superhero novella by Tochi Onyebuchi • review

Finalists:

  • ★★★★★ • Ring Shout • 2020 • Historical horror novella by P. Djèlí Clark • review
  • ★★★★★ • The Four Profound Weaves • 2020 • Fantasy novella by R.B. Lemberg • review
  • ★★★★☆ • Stepsister • 2020 • Fairy tale novelette by Leah Cypess • review
  • ★★★+☆☆ • Riot Baby • 2020 • Superhero novella by Tochi Onyebuchi • review
  • Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Best Novel

Winner: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor Books)

Finalists:

  • ★★★☆☆ • Piranesi • 2020 • Speculative fiction novel bySusanna Clarke • review
  • Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor Books)
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press/Titan UK)
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey US/Jo Fletcher Books UK)
  • The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk (Erewhon Books US/Orbit UK)

Anthology

Winner: The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

Collection

Winner: Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoka Matsuda

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