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NOMMO Awards 2022 shortlists announced by African Speculative Fiction Society

By James Murua

THE shortlists for the Nommo Awards 2022 were announced to the public by the African Speculative Fiction Society on May 17, 2022.

The African Speculative Fiction Society introduced The Nommo Awards to celebrate writing known in other markets as magical realism, Sci-Fi, horror, and graphic novels in 2016. Since then, writers from across the African literary family have been feted with these awards in 2017201820192020, and 2021.

The shortlists for the 2022 edition were presented in the categories of Novels, Novellas, Graphic Novels, and Short Story yesterday. Those in the running are;

The Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African

  • Cheryl S. Ntumy, They Made Us Blood And Fury (Amazon KDP, 2021)
  • Namina Forna, The Gilded Ones (Delacorte Press, 2021)
  • Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Sone of The Storm (Orbit US/Orbit UK, 2021)
  • Tade Thompson, Far From The Light of Heaven (Orbit Books, 2021)
  • T. J. Benson, The Madhouse (Masobe Books, 2021)
  • T. L. Huchu, The Library of the Dead (Tor Books, 2021)

Nommo Award for Best Novella 2022  

  • Dilman Dila, The Future God of Love (Luna Press, February 2021)
  • Erhu Kome, Not Seeing Is A Flower (Eraserhead Press, 2021)
  • Kola Heyward-Rotimi, An Exploration of Nichole Otieno’s Early Filmography (1232-1246)  (Strange Horizons September 2021)
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control (Tor/Forge, Tordotcom, 2021)
  • Nuzo Onoh, The Abomination (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September-October 2021)

Nommo Award for Best Graphic Novel or Comic 2022

  • xAwele Emili, THE iJOURNAL
  • Roye Okupe (creator/writer), Godwin Akpan (illustrator), Iyanu: Child of Wonder Vol 2 (YouNeek Studios and Dark Horse Comics, 2021)

Nommo Award for Best Short Story 2022

  • Makena Onjerika, The Brother (Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World ed. Eric J Guinard (Dark Moon Books, 2021)
  • Mbozi Haimbe, Shelter (Short Story Day Africa Prize, Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa, Catalyst Press September 2021 and Johannesburg Review of Books June 2021)
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, O2 Arena (Galaxy’s Edge, November 2021)
  • Pemi Aguda, Masquerade Season (tor . com, March 2021)
  • Shingai Njeri Kagunda, And This Is How To Stay Alive 1111 (Fantasy Magazine, November 2020)
  • Tlotlo Tsamaase, Dreamports (Apex Magazine, December 2021)
  • Tobi Ogundiran, The Many Lives of an Abiku (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, issue 309 July 2021)
  • Wole Talabi, An Arc of Electric Skin (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 2021, Reprinted in Apex Magazine, April 2022)

The winners of the awards will be announced later in the year.

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