The Longlist for the African Speculative Fiction Society’s 2021 Nommo Awards |

The Longlist for the African Speculative Fiction Society’s 2021 Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society is a collective of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors and editors who are part of the larger African diaspora. Since 2016, the ASFS has released an annual slate of awards for works written by African authors—here is the finalist list for the 2021 Nommo Awards.

The award recognizes works published in the last year—members of the society can nominate up to five titles by African authors in each category, published between January 1st, 2019, and December 31st, 2020. The longlist will be whittled down into a shortlist (to be announced later this month), after which voting for each category will begin. The society has not yet said when the winners will be announced.

Here’s the full long list for this year’s awards:


  • The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Freedom Artist by Ben Okri
  • King of the Hollow Dark by Cat Hellisen
  • Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon
  • The Down Days by Ilze Hugo
  • The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Afterland by Lauren Beukes
  • The Perfect Nine by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • Water Must Fall by Nick Wood
  • Club Ded by Nikhil Singh
  • Soul Searching by Stephen Embleton
  • The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson
  • Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • A Trial of Sparks and Kindling by Yolande Horak


  • Ferryman by Caldon Mull
  • Convergence in Chorus Architecture by Dare Segun Falowo
  • A Fledgling Abiba by Dilman Dila
  • Ife-Ikyoku: The Tale of Imadeyunuagbon by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald
  • Ivory’s Story by Eugen Bacon
  • Ungirls by Lauren Beukes
  • The Satellite Charmer by Mame Bougouma Diene
  • The Kigango Oracle by Moraa Gitaa
  • The Silence of the Wilting Skin by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi



  • Alex by Anna Mbale (writer) and Mwiche Songolo (artist) – Black Hut Comics
  • Black Sheep by Mwiche Songolo (writer & artist) – Black Hut Comics
  • Meanwhile… by Quinto Collab (various writers & artists), MaThoko’s Books, an imprint of GALA Queer Archive
  • Moongirls by Nana Akosua Hanson (writer) AnimaxFYB Studios (art) – Ghana Drama Queens Collective
  • New Men by Murewa Ayodele (writer) and Dotun Akande (artist) – Collectible Comics.
  • Titan by Mazuba Chimbeza (writer & artist) – Black Hut Comics


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