The ASFS is the organization of African writers, artists, editors, and publishers in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres.


Nommo Awards 2019 announced

At the opening ceremony of the Ake Festival on Thursday 24 October, the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans were announced, as follows.

Ilube Nommo for Best Sepculative Novel: Akwaeke Emezi for FRESHWATER.

Nommo for Best Novella:  Nerine Dormann THE FIREBIRD. 

Nommo for Best Short Story: Ekpeki Donald Oghenechovwe for THE WITCHING HOUR 

Nommo for Best Comic or Graphic Novel: Nnedi Okorafor and Leonard Romero for SHURI.


for full shortlists click here

The 2019 Nommo Awards were presented by Wole Talabi and Mohale Mashigo.  An innovation this year: each winner was presented with a new original artwork based on the winning work by Abdulkareen Babaaminu, in addition to the prize money.  Many thanks to the Ake Festival and to Lola Shoneyin for hosting.

Nominations for the 2020 Nommo Awards, for works by Africans published in 2019 and 2018 will open on 1st January 2020.






Voting for the 2019 Nommo Awards Closes

Voting for the Nommo Awards this year had its highest ever number of voters contributing. The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony at the Ake Festival to be held in Lagos, Nigeria 27 to 29 October.



The short list for the Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans is available here. Congratulations to all those in the short and long lists. Read the full shortlists for the Illube Nommo Novel award... and the other categories. Members can read many of the works for free.







 As a valuable resource to both readers and writers of SFF, the ASFS maintains a list of speculative fiction by African writers here. You can help fill gaps in this list by completing the form provided here.



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