British Science Fiction Awards

British Science Fiction Awards 2023 longlists announced

The longlists for the British Science Fiction Awards 2023 were announced on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Here are the writers of African descent on the list.

The British Science Fiction Awards, a production of the British Science Fiction Association, have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The longlists for work done in 2023 in the different categories were on Saturday revealed and here are the writers of African descent in the running.

Best Novel

  • More Perfect, Temi Oh, Simon and Schuster
  • Shigidi And The Brass Head Of Obalufon, Wole Talabi, Gollancz
  • Warrior of the Wind, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Orbit

Best Short Fiction

  • Blowout, Wole Talabi, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
  • How to Raise a Kraken in Your Bathtub, P. Djèlí Clark, Uncanny
  • Lady Koi Koi: A book Report, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Apex Magazine
  • Paperweight, Eugen Bacon & Clare Rhoden, This Fresh Hell
  • Saturdays Song, Wole Talabi, Lightspeed
  • Sina the Child with No Echo, Eugen Bacon (Mothersound), Mothersound
  • Taking Turns, Stephen Embleton, Languages of Water
  • The Madding, Nuzo Onoh, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • The Pet of Olodumare, Joshua Uchenna Omenga & Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • The Strangefolk, Nana Afadua Ofori-Atta, Omenana
  • The Way of Baa’gh, Cheryl S Ntumy, Mothersound
  • This is How We Save Them, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Life Beyond Us

Best Short Nonfiction

  • Dominant Themes in Afro-Centric Fiction, Eugen Bacon, Aurealis
  • Exposition Tax: The hidden burden of writing from the marginsby, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Hydra House
  • Introduction to Afropantheology, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna Omenga, Public Books
  • Prisoners In The Temple Of The Muses, Wole Talabi, Anciillary Review of Books

Best Shorter Fiction (For novellas, novelettes and other works that are not novel length).

  • Broken Paradise, Eugen Bacon, Luna Press
  • Land of The Awaiting Birth, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna Omenga.
  • To The Woman in the Pink Hat, LaToya Jordan (Aqueduct Press), Aqueduct Press
  • Undulation, Stephen Embleton, Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology

Best Collection

  • Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction 2022, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Eugen Bacon, Milton Davis, Arc Manor
  • Between Dystopias: The Road to Afropantheology, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Joshua Uchenna Omenga, Arc Manor
  • Caged Ocean Dub, Dare Segun Falowo, Tartarus Press
  • Drinking From Graveyard Wells, Yvette Ndlovu, University of Kentucky
  • Infinite Constellations: An Anthology of Identity Culture and Speculative Conjunctions, Khadijah Queen and Kiini Ibura Salaam (eds), University of Alabama Press
  • Jackal, Jackal, Tobi Ogundiran, Undertow Publications
  • Languages of Water, Editor, Eugen Bacon, MVMedia
  • Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology, Edited by Wole Talabi, Android Press
  • New Suns 2, Editor, Nisi Shawl, Rebellion
  • Where Rivers Go To Die, Dilman Dila, Rosarium Publishing

Best Nonfiction (Long)

  • Ex Marginalia: Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction by Persons of Color, Chinelo Onwual, Hydra House

The winners of the awards will be made public at Eastercon between March 29 and April 1.


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