ASFS announces shortlist for 2024 Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has unveiled the shortlist for the 2024 Nommo Awards, recognising the best in African science fiction and fantasy literature. 

This announcement, made on the society’s official X handle (@africansfs), highlights the exceptional talent within the African speculative fiction community.

The ASFS, a community of writers, editors, publishers and artists, has announced an impressive selection of works across four categories of Novel, Novella, Graphic Novel and Short Story in the awards that continue to celebrate and elevate the diverse voices and imaginative storytelling that define African speculative fiction.

This year’s shortlists for the Nommo Awards, established to celebrate excellence in African speculative fiction, feature a mix of established authors and emerging talents, reflecting the richness and diversity of African speculative storytelling.

See those who made the list below: 


Best Novel

– Bones and Runes by Stephen Embleton

Dazzling by Chikodili Emelumadu

Don’t Answer When They Call Your Name by Ukamaka Olisakwe

– Shigidi and the Brass Head of Olabufon by Wole Talabi

Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde

Warrior of the Wind by Suyi Davies Okungbowa


Best Novella

Broken Paradise by Eugen Bacon

Land of the Awaiting Birth by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Joshua Uchenna Omenga

The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi

Undulation by Stephen Embleton


Best Graphic Novel

Die Strandloper by Daniël Hugo

Grimm’s Assistant by Mamode Ogbewele

WindMaker Volume 1 by Roye Okupe, with artist Sunkanmi Akinboye and colourist Toyin Ajetunmobi. Cover Artist: Godwin Akpan


Best Short Story

– “A Name is a Plea and a Prophecy” by Gabrielle Emem Harry

– “Blackwater Children” by Moustapha Mbacké Diop

– “Destiny Delayed” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

– “Like Stars Daring to Shine” by Somto Ihezue

– “Loom” by Solomon Uhiara

– “My Mother’s Love” by Naomi Eselojor

– “Osimiri” by Chinaza Eziaghighala

– “The Way of Baa’gh” by Cheryl S. Ntumy

The Nommo Awards ceremony promises to be a highlight of the literary calendar, shining a spotlight on the creativity and innovation that African authors bring to the world of science fiction and fantasy.

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