Every Heart a Doorway

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Every Heart a Doorway
Every Heart a Doorway.jpg
Cover of first edition
AuthorSeanan McGuire
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover) and e-book
Followed byDown Among the Sticks and Bones 

Every Heart a Doorway is a novella by Seanan McGuire, the first in her "Wayward Children" series. It was first published in hardcover and ebook editions by Tor.com in April, 2016.[1]


The story is set in a boarding school for teenagers who have passed through "doorways" into fantasy worlds only to be evicted back into the real world. It serves as something of a recovery center for boarders who find they no longer fit in, either in the "real" world or their own uncomprehending families. For a fortunate few it is just a way station until they can find their ways back to the worlds they do fit into; for others, it's the least bleak choice in what may be a life-long exile. This unhappy ending for the students takes a terrifying turn when some of their number start turning up dead. A small group joins together in an attempt to expose the person committing these murders before it is too late to save the school, or even themselves.

Reception and awards[edit]

Every Heart a Doorway was critically acclaimed upon release, and it won the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella,[2] the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella,[3] the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella[4] and the Alex Awards for 2017.[5]


The book is the first in an open sequence of novellas called the "Wayward Children" series, later volumes of which further explore characters and settings this one establishes.


  1. ^ Every Heart a Doorway title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  3. ^ "Nebula Award Recipients Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  4. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Locus Online News. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  5. ^ NGILBERT (2018-02-13). "2017 Alex Awards". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2019-01-03.