The longlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. Among the nominated are the Nigerian superstar Nnedi Okorafor, the Ghanaian-Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan, the Liberian novelists Hawa Jande Golakai and Wayetu Moore, the Nigerian novelist Tomi Adeyemi, the South African writer Mohale Mashigo, and the Nigerian writers Wole Talabi and Mazi Nwonwu.
The Nommo Awards, founded in 2016 by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS), recognise the finest fantasy or science fiction works by Africans published in the preceding year. 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.
The longlisted writers “will be asked to confirm their eligibility and eligibility of their works in writing,” as well as “be asked to make complete texts or excerpts available to ASFS Members only for purposes of informed voting.” Over the next three months, ASFS members will vote for the winners in each category from the shortlists.
Here are the longlists.