Nigerian-American author Tochi Onyebuchi’s latest novella Riot Baby is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in the category of “Best Novella.”

The World Fantasy Award is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious awards for speculative fiction, summing up the “big 3” alongside the Nebula and Hugo. Founded in 1975, it is awarded across categories to works of fantasy published in the preceding year. Nominees and winners are selected by attendees of the annual fantasy convention and a panel of judges, typically made up of fantasy authors.  Winners receive a small trophy.

Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby, a Brittle Paper anticipated read, was published in January 2020 by It was a finalist for the 2021 Hugo, Nebula, Ignyte, Locus and NACCP Image Awards, and won the 2020 New England Book Award for Fiction, a 2021 ALA Alex Award and a 2021 AABMC Award.

The winners of the 2021 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention on November 4-7, 2021 in Montréal, Canada. This year’s theme for the convention is “Fantasy, Imagination, and the Dreams of Youth.”

Congrats to Onyebuchi! See the full list of nominees here.