Alix E. Harrow

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Alix E. Harrow
BornNovember 9, 1989
United States
Alma materBerea College
University of Vermont
AwardsHugo Award for Best Short Story (2019)

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. She enrolled at Berea College at age sixteen, where she completed a bachelor's degree in history in three years.[1] She then went on to earn a master's degree in history from the University of Vermont. Harrow lives in Virginia[2] with her husband, Nick Stiner, and two children.

Her first novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, was critically received and nominated for multiple awards, including the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and World Fantasy Award for best novel.[3][4][5] Harrow has also written short fiction for Shimmer, Strange Horizons,, and Apex. 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.[6][7][8][9][10][11]



  • 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)


  1. ^ "Alix Harrow '09 Makes Literary History". Give to Berea. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  2. ^ "Return to the Multiverse of Fairy Tales: Revealing a Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow". September 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. ^ "Nebula Awards® Nominees and Winners: Best Novel Nebula Awards®". The Nebula Awards®. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ "World Fantasy Awards℠ 2020, World Fantasy Convention". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Interview With an Author: Alix E. Harrow". Los Angeles Public Library. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  8. ^ Rocket, Stubby the (2019-09-13). "Highlights from Alix E. Harrow's r/Books AMA". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  9. ^ "Interview with Alix E. Harrow". Apex Magazine. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  10. ^ Harrow, Alix E. (2015-07-29). "Galapagos Regained by James Morrow". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  11. ^ "About Me – Alix Heintzman". Alix Heintzman – Instructional Design Portfolio. Retrieved 2019-10-05.

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