2021 Ignyte Awards Finalists

The FIYAHCON 2021 committee has announced the finalists for the 2021 Ignyte Awards, which “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

Best Novel — Adult

  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu (Saga)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novel — YA

  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet)
  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • A Song Below Water, Bethany Morrow (Tor Teen)
  • A Sky Beyond the Storm, Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill)

Best in MG

  • Maya and the Rising Dark, Rena Barron (HMH)
  • Frightville: Curse of the Wish Eater, Mike Ford (Scholastic)
  • Ghost Squad, Claribel A. Ortega (Scholastic)
  • Race to the Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Disney)
  • A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick)

Best Novella

  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • Stone and Steel, Eboni Dunbar (Neon Hemlock)
  • The Four Profound Weaves, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)
  • Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)

Best Novelette

  • “The Inaccessibility of Heaven”, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny 7-8/20)
  • “The Transition of Osoosi”, Ozzie M. Gartrell (Fiyah Winter ’20)
  • “One Hand in the Coffin”, Justin C. Key (Strange Horizons 1/20/20)
  • “The Night Sun”, Zin E. Rocklyn (Tor.com 3/11/20)
  • “Love Hangover”, Sheree Renée Thomas (SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire)

Best Short Story

  • “You Perfect, Broken Thing”, C.L. Clark (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Express to Beijing West Railway Station | 开往西站的特别列车”, Congyun ‘Mu Ming’ Gu, translated by Kiera Johnson (Samovar 10/26/20)
  • “Rat and Finch Are Friends”, Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Strange Horizons 3/2/20)
  • “Body, Remember”, Nicasio Andres Reed (Fireside 11/20)
  • “My Country Is a Ghost”, Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny 1-2/20)

Best in Speculative Poetry

  • “The Alt-history of King Kong”, Renoir Gaither (Speculative City Fall ’20)
  • “Fin”, Terese Mason Pierre (Uncanny 9-10/20)
  • “The Harrowing | Desgarrador”, Gabriel Ascencio Morales, translated by Juan Martínez (Strange Horizons 11/30/20)
  • “Hungry Ghost”, Millie Ho (Uncanny 3-4/20)
  • “Tequila Mockingbird | Matar un Ruiseñor”, Raúl Gallardo Flores, translated by Juan Martínez (Strange Horizons 11/30/20)

Critics Award

  • Maria Haskins
  • Jesse (Bowties & Books)
  • Charles Payseur (Quick Sip Reviews)
  • Stitch (Stitch’s Media Mix)
  • A.C. Wise

Best Fiction Podcast

  • PodCastle, Jen R. Albert, Cherae Clark, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Setsu Uzume & Peter Adrian Behravesh
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Scott H. Andrews, ed.
  • Escape Pod, Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, Benjamin C. Kinney, Tina Connolly, Alasdair Stuart, Summer Brooks, Adam Pracht & the entire Escape Pod team
  • Nightlight Podcast, Tonia Ransom
  • The Magnus Archives, Jonathan Sims, Alexander J Newall, Lowri Ann Davies & Rusty Quill

Best Artist

  • Rovina Cai
  • Odera Igbokwe
  • Paul Lewin
  • Nilah Magruder
  • John Picacio

Best Comics Team

  • Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams)
  • Cuisine Chinoise: Five Tales of Food and Life, Zao Dao, Diana Schutz & Brandon Kandor (Dark Horse)
  • Far Sector, N.K. Jemisin & Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Giga, Alex Paknadel & John Lê (Vault)
  • You Brought Me the Ocean, Alex Sanchez & Jul Maroh (DC)

Best Anthology/Collected Works

  • A Phoenix First Must Burn, Patrice Caldwell, ed. (Viking)
  • Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with a Fresh Bite, Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker, eds. (Imprint)
  • Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die, dave ring, ed. (Neon Hemlock)
  • Nine Bar Blues, Sheree Renée Thomas (Third Man)
  • Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction, Joshua Whitehead, ed. (Arsenal Pulp)

Best in Creative Nonfiction

  • “How to Make a Family: Queer Blood Bonds in Black Feminist Vampire Novels”, Tamara Jerée (Strange Horizons 1/27/20)
  • “The African Superhero and the Legacy of Captain Africa”, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Tor.com 8/24/20)
  • “Fine Weather, Isn’t It?”, Tochi Onyebuchi (SFWA Bulletin #215)
  • “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest”, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tor.com 6/1/20)
  • “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence”, Nibedita Sen (Uncanny 9-10/20)

The Ember Award

  • K. Tempest Bradford
  • Clarion West
  • Dhonielle Clayton
  • Tananarive Due
  • Michi Trota

The Community Award

  • Anathema Magazine: Spec from the Margins, Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilmot & Chinelo Onwualu
  • #PublishingPaidMe, L.L. McKinney & Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Beth Phelan
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Writing The Other: Online Classes and Workshops, Nisi Shawl & K. Tempest Bradford

Finalists were selected by the Ignyte Awards Committee. Public voting for the winners is open now through May 21, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, see the FIYAHCON website.

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