2021 Ignyte Awards

The 2021 Ignyte Awards winners were announced at FIYAHCON on September 18 in an online ceremony hosted by Ashia Monet.

The awards “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

  • Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery Books/Saga Press)

BEST NOVEL – YA

  • Legendborn – Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

BEST IN MG

  • Ghost Squad – Claribel A. Ortega (Scholastic)

BEST NOVELLA

  • Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)

BEST NOVELETTE

  • The Inaccessibility of Heaven – Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny Magazine)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “You Perfect, Broken Thing” – C. L. Clark (Uncanny Magazine)

BEST IN SPECULATIVE POETRY

  •  “The Harrowing Desgarrador” – Gabriel Ascencio Morales (Strange Horizons)

CRITICS AWARD

  • Stitch @ Stitch’s Media Mix

BEST FICTION PODCAST

BEST ARTIST

BEST COMICS TEAM

  • Parable of the Sower – Written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTED WORKS

  • A Phoenix First Must Burn – ed. Patrice Caldwell (Viking Books for Young Readers)

BEST IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

THE EMBER AWARD

For unsung contributions to genre

  • Dhonielle Clayton

THE COMMUNITY AWARD

For Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre

  • #PublishingPaidMe – L.L. McKinney & Tochi Onyebuchi

The winners were chosen by an open public vote on a shortlist selected by the Ignyte Awards Committee, 15 BIPOC+ voters made up of FIYAHCON staff and previous award winners, of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world.

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  2. I’ve gone ahead and added a Wikipedia entry for the Ignytes. Does anyone know of interviews or articles by Ignyte organizers or committee members where they talk about the decision to start the award, the selection process, etc.? They’d be useful in expanding the article with more details beyond just the list of winners.

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