The British Science Fiction Association has announced its 2015 BSFA Awards Longlist. Six African writers in all have made the award longlist, as follows.
Sarah Lotz‘s Day Four has been nominated in the Best Novel category of the award.
Chinelo Onwualu, co-editor of the Nigerian-based African speculative fiction magazine Omenana, has been nominated in the Best Nonfiction category for her essay “Race, Speculative Fiction And Afro SF”, published on NewLeftProject.org
Moreover, the Best Short Fiction category of the award had nominations of four African writers:
- Nnedi Okorafor‘s novella Binti, published September 2015 by Tor.com;
- Richard Oduor Oduku’s story “eNGAGEMENT“, published in 2015 Jalada 02: Afrofutures;
- Wole Talabi‘s story “A Short History of Migration in Five Fragments of You”, published June 2015 in Omenana (Issue 3);
- Sofia Samatar’s short story “A Brief History in Nonduality Studies”, published in Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s)
Unfortunately, however, Sofia Samatar’s short story would have to be out of the list of eligible nominations for the award as it was not first published in 2015 but in 2012. She owned on Twitter about alerting the BSFA of the fact.
The shortlist for the categories of Novel, Short Story Nonfiction and Art for the BSFA Awards are to be announced soon. The BSFA members will next conduct voting processes through January on the nominations in each category for the shortlist of eligible nominations. Only a member of the British Science Fiction Association can vote and only submit voting choices by midnight of January 31st.