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Sibongile Fisher. Image from Short Story Day Africa.

The 2018 shortlists for the four Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have just been announced. Among the shortlisted are Nnedi Okorafor, Sofia Somatar, last year’s Best Novel Award winner Tade Thompson, Caine Prize 2007 winner Henrietta Rose-Innes, sci-fi works compiler Wole Talabi, and Sibongile Fisher, whose chosen story, “A Door Ajar,” won the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and was a finalist for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction.

READ: Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

The Nommo Awards, founded in 2016 by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS), recognise the finest fantasy or science fiction works by Africans. The ASFS is a body of African writers, editors, publishers and graphic artists who nominate shortlisted works and vote for the winners. The awards are given in four categories: the US$1000 Best Novel named after the awards benefactor Tom Ilube, the US$500 Best Novella, the US$500 Best Short Story, and the US$1000 Best Comic or Graphic Novel.

Over the next three months, ASFS members will vote for the winners in each category from the shortlists.

READ: Wole Talabi’s Compilation of 654 Works of African Speculative Fiction Should Top Your Reading List

Sofia Somatar.

THE ILUBE NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION NOVEL BY AN AFRICAN (US$1000)

  • OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST, Gavin Chait
  • THE REAL, Masha du Toit
  • FEVER, Deon Meyer
  • BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT, Tochi Onyebuchi
  • AFTER THE FLARE, Deji Olokotun
  • AKATA WARRIOR, Nnedi Okorafor

THE NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION NOVELLA BY AN AFRICAN (US$500)

  • BINTI: HOME, Nnedi Okorafor
  • FALLOW, Sofia Samatar
  • THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE, Tade Thompson

THE NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION SHORT STORY BY AN AFRICAN (US$500)

THE NOMMO AWARDS FOR BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMIC (US$1000)

  • ERU, written and illustrated by Tobe Ezeogu and Ozo Ezeogu
  • HERO KAKERE, written and illustrated by Tobe Ezeogu and Kelechi Issac
  • IRETI BIDEMI, written and illustrated by Michael Balogun and Adeleye Yusuf
  • LAKE OF TEARS, written and illustrated by Kwabena Ofei and Setor Fiadzigbey
  • GUARDIAN PRIME GENESIS, written and illustrated by Wale Awelenje and Jide Martin
  • QUEST & THE SIGN OF THE SHINING BEAST, written and illustrated by Robert S Malan and John Cockshaw

READ: The Manchester Review’s Issue 18 Is All African Speculative Fiction, Featuring Nnedi Okorafor and Lauren Beukes

In 2017, the Nommo Award for Best Comic or Graphic Novel was awarded to The Corpse Exhibition, edited by Ntone Edjabe. The Nommo Award for Best Short Story went to “The Marriage Plot” by Tendai Huchu and “Who Will Greet You at Home?” by Lesley Nneka Arimah. The Nommo Award for Best Novella went to Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. The Ilube Award for Best Novel went to Rosewater by Tade Thompson.

The winners of the 2018 Nommo Awards will be announced at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in October 2018.

Congratulations to the shortlisted writers.

READ: Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Tendai Huchu, Lesley Nneka, Ntone Edjabe Lead Inaugural Nommo Awards Shortlists of 19

For more information, please email info@africansfs.com.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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