Alix E. Harrow

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Alix E. Harrow
BornNovember 9, 1989
Idaho, United States
Alma materBerea College '09
(B.A. History)
University of Vermont
(M.A. History)
GenreSci-fi, speculative fiction
Years active2014 – Present
Notable works"A Witch's Guide to Escape" (2018)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Notable awardsHugo Award for Best Short Story (2019)
BFA for Best Fantasy Novel (2021)

Alix E. Harrow (born November 9, 1989) is a Hugo Award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, and Locus Award, and in 2019 she won a Hugo Award for her story "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies". She has published under the name Alix Heintzman.

Life and career[edit]

Alix E. Harrow was born in 1989 in the United States and grew up in Kentucky.[1] She enrolled at Berea College at age sixteen, where she completed a bachelor's degree in history in three years.[1][2] She then went on to earn a master's degree in history from the University of Vermont.[1] Before working as a full-time writer, Harrow was an academic historian who taught as an adjunct professor of African and African American history at Eastern Kentucky University.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Her first novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019), was received with critical acclaim and nominated for multiple awards, including the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and World Fantasy Award for best novel.[9][10][11] A second novel, The Once and Future Witches (2020), won a British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award).[12][13][14] A more recent novella, A Spindle Splintered (2021), has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novella.

Harrow has also written short fiction for Shimmer, Strange Horizons,, and Apex. This has produced a Hugo award winning 2018 short story called "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" (published by Apex).

Harrow lives in Virginia[15] with her husband, Nick Stiner, and two children.


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2019 Hugo Hugo—Short Story "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" Won [16]
Nebula Nebula—Short Story Nominated [16]
World Fantasy Awards WFA—Short Fiction Nominated [16]
Locus Locus—Short Story 6th [16]
Eugie Short Fiction Finalist [16]
2020 Hugo Hugo—Novel The Ten Thousand Doors of January Nominated [16][9]
Nebula Nebula—Novel Nominated [16][10]
World Fantasy Awards WFA—Novel Nominated [16][11]
BFA Fantasy Novel Nominated [16]
BFA Best Newcomer Nominated [16]
Dragon Awards Sci-fi Novel Nominated [16]
Locus Locus—First Novel 3rd [16]
Hugo Hugo—Short Story "Do Not Look Back, My Lion" Nominated [16]
2021 BFA Fantasy Novel The Once and Future Witches Won [12][13][14]
Dragon Awards Fantasy Novel Nominated [16]
Locus Locus—Fantasy Novel 5th [16]
Eugie Short Fiction "The Sycamore and the Sybil" Finalist [16]
Locus Locus—Short Story 6th [16]
2022 Hugo Hugo—Novella A Spindle Splintered Nominated [16]
Locus Locus—Novella 4th [16]
Hugo Hugo—Short Story "Mr. Death" Nominated [16]
Nebula Nebula—Short Story Nominated [16]
Locus Locus—Short Story 2nd [16]



  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019) – ISBN 978-0316421997
  • The Once and Future Witches (2020) – ISBN 978-0316422048


Short fiction[edit]

  • "A Whisper in the Weld" (2014)
  • "The Animal Women" (2015)
  • "Dustbaby" (2015)
  • "The Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-Savage" (2016)
  • "Patience and Not-Forsaken" (2016)
  • "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" (2018)
  • "Do Not Look Back, My Lion" (2019)
  • "The Sycamore and the Sybil" (2020)
  • "Mr. Death" (2021)
  • "The Long Way Up" (2022)[17]


  1. ^ a b c locusmag (2021-01-18). "Alix E. Harrow: Questions of Power". Locus Online. Retrieved 2022-06-04.
  2. ^ "Alix Harrow '09 Makes Literary History". Give to Berea. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Joel (2019-09-06). "In Which Alix E. Harrow Is Interviewed by Her Husband About The Ten Thousand Doors of January". The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  4. ^ "Interview With an Author: Alix E. Harrow". Los Angeles Public Library. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  5. ^ Rocket, Stubby the (2019-09-13). "Highlights from Alix E. Harrow's r/Books AMA". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  6. ^ "Interview with Alix E. Harrow". Apex Magazine. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  7. ^ Harrow, Alix E. (2015-07-29). "Galapagos Regained by James Morrow". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  8. ^ "About Me – Alix Heintzman". Alix Heintzman – Instructional Design Portfolio. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  9. ^ a b "2020 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  10. ^ a b "Nebula Awards Nominees and Winners: Best Novel Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2021-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ a b "World Fantasy Awards 2020, World Fantasy Convention". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  12. ^ a b "British Fantasy Awards 2021: winners announced | The British Fantasy Society". Retrieved 2022-06-04.
  13. ^ a b locusmag (2021-09-27). "2021 British Fantasy Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2022-06-04.
  14. ^ a b "British Fantasy Award Winners". Retrieved 2022-06-04.
  15. ^ "Return to the Multiverse of Fairy Tales: Revealing a Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow". September 8, 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "sfadb : Alix E. Harrow Awards". Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  17. ^ "The Long Way Up, by Alix E. Harrow - The Deadlands". January 31, 2022.

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