Emeka Walter Dinjos Memorial Award

Author and editor Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki has announced the new Emeka Walter Dinjos Memorial Awards to “provide assistance for disabled speculative fiction writers struggling with various maladies, and to encourage the representation of disability in speculative fiction.”

There will be two $250 prizes: one for “a writer of speculative fiction for their representation or portrayal of disability in a world of speculative fiction, whatever their health status” and another for “a disabled writer for a work of speculative fiction in general, whatever the focus of the work may be.”

The award is named honor of Emeka Walter Dinjos, “a disabled Nigerian speculative fiction writer, editor and founder based in Awka, Anambra. He passed away at the age of 34, on Wednesday the 12th of December 2018, due to health complications from diabetes.” Awards will be given by Ekpeki, “with special recommendations from writers and editors like Mazi Nwonwu of Omenana, Lezli Robyn of Galaxy’s Edge, ML Clark, Ross Showalter and others.”

Works up to 25,000 words are eligible. Recommendations are welcome until May 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM (WAT); request access to the recommendation spreadsheet here. Winners and an honor list will be announced after that.

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