Writers of African descent among World Fantasy Awards 2021 winners

World Fantasy Awards 2023 winners announced.

The winners of the World Fantasy Awards 2023 were announced in Kansas City, USA on Sunday, October 29, 2023.

The World Fantasy Awards have been awarded annually for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year since 1975. It is organised and overseen by the World Fantasy Convention. Kacen Callender, Rivers Solomon, Nisi Shawl, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Sheree Renée Thomas were finalists in 2020. Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Celeste Rita Baker won in 2021 while Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki won in his category in 2022.

This jury for 2023 comprises are Dale Bailey, Kelly Robson, Ginny Smith, A.C. Wise, and Ian Whates. The finalists were announced on Tuesday, July 25 before the winners were revealed at the 2023 World Fantasy Convention in Kansas City. Here are the writers of African descent who won in their category;

Best Short Fiction

  • Incident at Bear Creek Lodge, Tananarive Due (Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology)

Best Anthology

  • Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Zelda Knight, eds. (Tordotcom)


OMG I just won a World Fantasy Award for my short story “Incident at Bear Creek Lodge” in OTHER TERRORS: and thanks to the judges as well as editors @RenaMason88 and @VinceLiaguno for inviting me to be a part of this fantastic anthology!

Tananarive Due

Just won the World Fantasy award, for the 2nd time in row, for best anthology & the only African editor to have won. Congrats to our publishers Tor.com Publishing, the entire team, my co-editors Sheree Renée Thomas & Author Z. Knight, all our amazing contributors, WFA judges, all involved.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Great day in the morning! AFRICA RISEN won the 2023 World Fantasy Award for year’s best anthology & @WTalabi won the Sidewise Award! 🙏🏾 @WorldFantasy23 , jurors, readers! Congrats to our writers, my fellow co-editors, & Tordotcom. This is my 3rd in this category, so honored! 😍

Sheree Renée Thomas


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