2022 Ignyte Awards Shortlist

The Ignyte Awards Committee today announced the 2022 Ignyte Awards shortlist. The Awards “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscape of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts towards inclusivity within the genre.”

The shortlist was selected by 15 BIPOC+ voters made up of FIYAHCON Staff and previous award winners, of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world referred to as the Ignyte Awards Committee. The Committee was not limited to selections authored or otherwise created by BIPOC.

 Voting is open to the public here through June 10, 2022 at 11:59PM EDT.

This year’s award ceremony will be live broadcast on September 17 and will be hosted by Brent Lambert.

BEST NOVEL: ADULT

for novel-length work (40k words) Works intended for an Adult audience

  • A MASTER OF DJINN – P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • BLACK WATER SISTER – Zen Cho (Ace Books)
  • LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS – Ryka Aoki (Tor Books)
  • SORROWLAND – Rivers Solomon (MCD)
  • THE UNBROKEN – C. L. Clark (Orbit) 

 BEST NOVEL: YOUNG ADULT

for novel-length (40k+ words) works intended for the young adult audience

  • A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH – Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • REDEMPTOR – Jordan Ifueko (Harry N. Abrams)
  • THE WILD ONES – Nafiza Azad (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • THIS POISON HEART – Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury YA)
  • WHITE SMOKE – Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegen Books)

BEST IN MIDDLE GRADE

for works intended for the middle grade audience

  • AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS – B.B. Alston (Balzer & Bray/Harperteen)
  • JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA –  Shakirah Bourne (Scholastic Inc.)
  • ROOT MAGIC – Eden Royce (Walden Pond Press)
  • THE INSIDERS – Mark Oshiro (HarperCollins)
  • TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING – Kwame Mbalia (Rick Riordan Presents)

BEST NOVELLA

for speculative works ranging from 17,500-39,999 words

  • AND THIS IS HOW TO STAY ALIVE – Shingai Njeri Kagunda (Neon Hemlock)
  • FIREHEART TIGER – Aliette de Bodard (Tordotcom)
  • FLOWERS FOR THE SEA – Zin E. Rocklyn (Tordotcom)
  • NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH – Cassandra Khaw (Tor Nightfire)
  • PHILIA, EROS, STORGE, AGÁPE, PRAGMA – R.S.A. Garcia (Clarkesworld)

BEST NOVELETTE

for speculative works ranging from 7,500-17,499 words

BEST SHORT STORY

for speculative works ranging from 2,000-7,499 words

BEST IN SPECULATIVE POETRY

CRITICS AWARD

for reviews and analysis of the field of speculative literature

  • Akilah White
  • Arley Sorg
  • Thistle & Verse
  • Alex Brown
  • Rich in Color

BEST FICTION PODCAST

for excellence in audio performance and production for speculative fiction

  • Escape Pod
  • Gallery of Curiosities
  • Podcastle
  • Pseudopod
  • Khōréō Magazine 

BEST ARTIST

for contributions in visual speculative storytelling

  • Tommy Arnold
  • Paul Kellam
  • Morgan Madeline
  • John Picacio
  • Raymond Sebastien

BEST COMICS TEAM

for comics, graphic novels, and sequential storytelling

  • ABBOTT: 1973 – Saladin Ahmed & Sami Kivelä  (Boom! Studios)
  • COUNT – Ibrahim Moustafa, Brad Simpson, & Hassan Otsame-Elhaou (Humanoids, Inc.)
  • NUBIA: REAL ONE – L. L. McKinney & Robyn Smith (DC Comics)
  • SHADOW LIFE – Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu (First Second)
  • SQUAD – Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle (Green Willow Books)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTED WORKS

  • MIDNIGHT DOORWAYS: FABLES FROM PAKISTAN – Usman T. Malik (Kitab (Pvt) Ltd.)
  • NEVER HAVE I EVER – Isabel Yap (Small Beer Press)
  • RECONSTRUCTION: STORIES – Alaya Dawn Johnson (Small Beer Press)
  • SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS: A LATINX ANTHOLOGY – Alex Hernandez, Matthew David Goodwin, & Sarah Rafael García, eds. (Mad Creek Books)
  • WE’RE HERE: THE BEST QUEER SPECULATIVE FICTION 2020 – C.L. Clark, Charles Payseur, eds. (Neon Hemlock)

BEST CREATIVE NONFICTION

for works related to the field of speculative fiction

THE EMBER AWARD

for unsung contributions to genre

  • Maurice Broaddus
  • Tananarive Due
  • Malinda Lo
  • Julia Rios
  • Sheree Renée Thomas

THE COMMUNITY AWARD

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

  • Anathema: Spec from the Margins – Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilmot, Chinelo Onwualu
  • dave ring
  • The Submission Grinder – David Steffen
  • We Need Diverse Books 
  • Khōréō Magazine – Aleksandra Hill, Founder & Editor-in-Chief and Team

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Khōréō Magazine 

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