Dear BP fam, something we published is a finalist for the Locus Awards! Yes, you heard right. The sci-fi collection we published last year has been nominated for the Locus Award in the  “Best Anthology” category. Titled Africanfuturism: An Anthology, the collection is edited by Nigerian sci-fi author Wole Talabi and published as part of our Decade Project.

Founded in 1971, the Locus Awards, which is conferred by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, is tied to the Locus Magazine, a key publication in the sci-fi/fantasy world. The 2021 awards is spread across 16 categories. It is based on open-ballot voting done by readers from February 1 to April 15.

We are beyond thrilled to see Africanfuturism: An Anthology nominated for one of the top sc-ifi awards alongside collections edited by sci-fi greats such as Jonathan Strahan (The Book of Dragons,) and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Big Book of Modern Fantasy.

Edited by Caine Prize finalist Wole Talabi, Africanfuturism: An Anthology is the first of its kind in that it directly engages with the idea of Africanfuturism. The collection features contributions from eight established and emerging voices in the African sci-fi scene including Nnedi Okorafor, Rafeeat Aliyu and Mazi Nwonwu. The stories in the collection have been well-received and are available for free download here.

This is a first major recognition for a work published here on Brittle Paper, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Also nominated for the Locus Awards are Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby for Best Novella and Sofia Samatar’s “Fairy Tales for Robots” for best Novelette.

The winners will be announced on June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend.

Get your ticket here.

See the full longlist here.