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Nommo Award Shortlists Announced

NOMMO AWARDS

 

The 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans announce the shortlists for the Nommo Awards in all four categories – novel, novella, short story and comics/graphic novels. The shortlisted works are:

The Ilube Nommo Awards for Best Speculative Novel

(the shortlisted titles in alphabetical order)

 

Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

Empty Monsters Cat Hellisen

Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi

Knucklebone Nehama Brodie

A Spy in Time  Imraan Coovadia

The Strange Masha du Toit

 

The Nommo Award for Best Speculative Novella

(shortlisted works in alphabetical order)

 

Binti: The Night Masquerade Nnedi Okorafor

The Firebird Nerine Dorman

Hard Mary Sofia Samatar

Neid-Fire by Caldon Mull

 

The Nommo Award for Best Speculative Short Story

(shortlisted works in alphabetical order)

 

‘Brand New Ways (to lose you over and over and over again)’ Blaize Kaye

‘The Girl who Stared at Mars’ Cristy Zinn

‘The Luminal Frontier’ Biram Mboob

‘Memento Mori’ by Tiah Marie Beautement

‘Njuzu’ T. L. Huchu

‘Origami Angels’ Derek Lubangakene

‘The Witching Hour’ Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald

 

The Nommo Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel

(shortlisted works in alphabetical order)

Akissi: Tales of Mischief Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin

Black Panther: Long Live the King Nnedi Okorafor, Andre Araujo, Mario Del Pennino, Tana Ford

Eru Tobe Max Ezeogu, Oze Ezeogu

Kwezi  Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo

Karmzah Farida Bedwei and Ravi Allotey

Malika Warrior Queen Part Two Roye Okupe, Chima Kalu

Rovik  Yvonne Wanyoike, Kendi Mberia, Salim Busuru

Shaka Rising Luke Molver

Shuri Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero

Tatashe Cassandra Mark, Tobe Max Ezeogu

Under the Sun Austine Osas, Abiodun Awodele, Yusuf Temitope

 

The roughly 170 members of the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) nominated works for the Awards long list and short lists.  They will now have a three-month period to read the works and vote for the winners of the Awards.

 

The short-listed works must be speculative fiction created by Africans and published in calendar year 2018. The winners of the Ilube Nommo Award and the Comic/Graphic Novel award receive UD$ 1000.00.  The winners of the novella and short story awards receive US$ 500.00.  The ASFS thanks its patron Tom Ilube, CBE for his generosity.

 

The ASFS was founded in 2015. The creation of the Nommo Awards was announced at the Ake Festival in Abeokuta in November 2016.  The winners will be announced at the Ake Festival in Lagos Nigeria in November.

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