2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Winners

Winners for the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Cackle, Rachel Harrison (Berkley) 
  • The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro (Flame Tree)
  • Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan (Atria)
  • The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor (Ballantine)
  • The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward (Nightfire)

Best Young Adult

  • WINNER: Bad Witch Burning, Jessica Lewis (Delacorte) 
  • The Dead and the Dark, Courtney Gould (Wednesday)
  • White Smoke, Tiffany D Jackson (Katherine Tegen)
  • Our Last Echoes, Kate Alice Marshall (Viking)
  • Girl in the Walls, Katy Michelle Quinn (CLASH)

Best Middle Grade

  • WINNER: The Collectors, Lorien Lawrence (Amulet) 
  • The Dollhouse, Charis Cotter (Tundra)
  • Ghost Girl, Ally Malinenko (Katherine Tegen)
  • Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, Kaela Rivera (HarperCollins)
  • Root Magic, Eden Royce (Walden Pond)

Best Debut

  • WINNER: The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris (Atria) 
  • When the Reckoning Comes, LaTanya McQueen (Harper Perennial)
  • Queen of Teeth, Hailey Piper (Strangehouse)
  • The Forest, Lisa Quigley (Perpetual Motion Machine)
  • Tidepool, Nicole Willson (The Parliament House)

Best Collection

  • WINNER (TIE): Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Hailey Piper (The Seventh Terrace)
  • WINNER (TIE): Never Have I Ever, Isabel Yap (Small Beer)
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories, Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (Hogarth)
  • Sometimes We’re Cruel, and Other Stories, J.A.W. McCarthy (Cemetery Gates)
  • The Ghost Sequences, A.C. Wise (Undertow)
  • SEEDS, Tabatha Wood (Wild Wood)

Best Poetry Collection

  • WINNER: Strange Nests, Jessica McHugh (Apokrupha) 
  • Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, Christina Sng, & Geneve Flynn (Yuriko)
  • Exposed Nerves, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • The Smallest of Bones, Holly Walrath (CLASH)
  • Monstrum Poetica, Jezzy Wolfe (Raw Dog Screaming)

Best Novella

  • WINNER: Goddess of Filth, V. Castro (Creature)
  • Transmuted, Eve Harms (Unnerving)
  • & This Is How to Stay Alive, Shingai Njeri Kagunda (Neon Hemlock)
  • Waif, Samantha Kolesnik (Grindhouse)
  • Salvation Spring, T.C. Parker (Self Published)

Best Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “Sister Glitter Blood,” Gwendoyln Kiste (Violent Vixens: An Homage to Grindhouse Horror)
  • “A Cold Grip,” Christi Nogle (Boneyard Soup)
  • “The Sharps,” Sonora Taylor (Someone to Share My Nightmares: Stories)
  • “Eating Bitterness,” Hannah Yang (The Dark 7/21)
  • “Syringe,” Isabel Yap (Never Have I Ever)
  • “First Harvest,” April Yates (Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women and Non-Binary Writers)

For more information, visit the LOHF website.

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