Nommo 2019: Short Story Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHORT LIST NOMINEES
& ALL LONG LIST NOMINEES FOR 2019


Below are the Short List Nominees in each of the 4 categories and ALL respective nominees for the 2018 Nommo Awards:

SHORT STORY SHORT LIST NOMINEES



BRAND NEW WAYS (to lose you over and over and over again)  
Blaize Kaye

Blaize Kaye is a South African writer living on the Kapiti coast in New Zealand. He has previously been shortlisted for the Nommo Award for Speculative Short Fiction, the Short Story Day Africa Prize, and is a past winner of the Bloody Parchment short story competition.  His work has appeared in OmenanaThe Kalahari Review, and Strange Horizons, among others. Visit www.bomoko.net for a complete bibliography.
Read 'Brand New Ways (to lose you over and over and over again)' online at Omenana magazine issue 12.

THE GIRL WHO STARED AT MARS 
Cristy Zinn

Cristy Zinn is a South African writer.  She sold her first short story to the AfroSF anthology in 2015.  Her first book, The Dreamer’s Tears, came out in April of 2015 from Fox & Raven Publishers.  Her second book a YA fantasy novel, Of Magic and Memory was published in 2018. She lives in Durban with her husband and two children who she says,  ‘graciously endure my obsession with stories and my lack of cooking skills.’
‘The Girl Who Stared at Mars’ was published in AfroSFV3 edited by Ivor W. Hartmann.

THE LUMINAL FRONTIER  
Biram Mboob

Biram Mboob was born in The Gambia and grew up in various countries across Africa. His stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including Granta and Sable, as well as a number of anthologies including AfroSF, Apex Book of World SF, Tell Tales, and Dreams, Miracles and Jazz
‘The Luminal Frontier’ was published in AfroSFV3 edited by Ivor W. Hartmann.
Photo: Helen Moffett
MEMENTO MORI
Tiah Marie Beautement 

Tiah Marie Beautement is the author of two novels, including This Day (2014, Modjaji) and numerous short stories. Her latest publication is May I Want (2018, Stubborn Raven). She is the managing editor of the The Single Story Foundation's journal, teaches writing to all ages, and freelances for a variety of publications. She lives on the South African Garden Route with her family, two dogs, and a small flock of chickens. Her hobbies include horse riding and zipping along as a pillion on motorcycles, although not at the same time.
Read 'Memento Mori' online at Omenena Magazine, issue 12

NJUZU
T.L. Huchu

T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared or is due to appear in Lightspeed, Interzone, AfroSF, The Apex Book of World SF 5, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016, and elsewhere. He enjoys working across different genres, especially SFF, crime and literary fiction. Currently, he’s working on a new fantasy series Ghostalker: The Library of the Dead. Find him @TendaiHuchu.
'Njuzu' was first published in AfroSFV3 edited by Ivor W. Hartmann and is available online at The Johannesburg Review of Books.

ORIGAMI ANGELS
Derek Lubangakene

Derek Lubangakene lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.

Despite growing up in a house full of books, he only started writing after failing as an origami artist, a sketch-artist and poet. Between his day job and his moonlighting as a writer, he also works as a contributing editor at Deyu African Magazine, an online repository of contemporary African writing. He has been long-listed for the 2013 Golden Baobab Early-Chapter Book Prize, the 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize, and a honorable mention in the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize--Migration theme.

His work has appeared in Apex Magazine, Omenana, Enkare Review, the Imagine Africa 500 Anthology, with work forthcoming in Escape Pod.  He is currently working on his first novel.
Read 'Origami Angels' online at Omenana magazine issue 11.


THE WITCHING HOUR 
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald

Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald is a writer from Nigeria who studied law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

His short story ‘The Witching Hour’ was published in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores and made the Tangent online recommended reading list for 2018 with two stars. His novelette The Diary of The Dark Child got an honourable mention in the second quarter of the Writers of the Future contest 2018. He was winner of the Imbube creative writing contest 2017. Some of his other works have appeared in Dwarts Online and African Writer. He was longlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2017. His poems were published in the Poets In Nigeria (PIN) annual journal 2017. His poem was also published by NAPTIP, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons in an anthology on human trafficking and child abuse titled The Uncomfortable Truth. He is a first reader in SFF mags Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Strange Horizons and a submissions editor at PodCastle

Read 'The Witching Hour' online at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.


The long list consists of all titles in this category that were nominated by members of the ASFS.  Some of these works were nominated once, some just missed the shortlist.  The ASFS lists them in full to draw attention to all the works members felt worthy of consideration.

SHORT STORY LONG LIST NOMINEES

Links to read works are provided where possible.
Please consult the Reading List for MEMBER ONLY access on select works.

AN AMERICAN REFUGEE
Tiah Beautement
BEING A GIANT IN MEN’S WORLD
Walter Dinjos
BLACK AND GOLD
Mame Bougouma Diene
BLOOD SLIPPER
Ilse Rensburg
BRAND NEW WAYS (TO LOSE YOUR LOVER)
Blaize Kaye
A BRIDAL SHROUD
Mirette Bhagat
DRIFT FLUX
Wole Talabi
THE FAERIE TREE
Kathleen Kayembe
THE FAR SIDE
Gabriella Muwanga
FOR WHAT ARE DELUSIONS IF NOT DREAMS?
Osahon Ize-Iyamu
GHOST STRAIN N
Mohale Moshigo
THE GIRL WHO STARED AT MARS
Cristy Zinn
THE GREY MAN
Vittorio Leonardi
HAUNTED BY THE CITY
Mandisi Nkomo
THE HARMONIC RESONANCE OF EJIRO ANABORHI
Wole Talabi
IN HER BONES
Lindiwe Rooney
IN THE GARDEN WATCHING NIM NOMS
Osahon Ize-Iyamu
THE INTERPLANETARY WATER COMPANY 
Masimba Musodza
JIDENNA
T J Benson
JOURNAL OF A DNA PIRATE
Stephen Embleton
KU’BGO
Dare Segun Falowo
LEE-AH (SISTER)
H J Golaki
THE LUMINAL FRONTIER
Biram Mboob
MEMENTO MORI
Tiah Beautement
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Walter Dinjos
MOTHER OF INVENTION
Nnedi Okorafor
MUTSHIDZI (WORLD OF HORROR)
Mohale Mashigo
NNEAMAKA'S GHOST
Walter Dinjos
NJUZU
T L Huchu
ORIGAMI ANGELS
Derek Lubangakene
PARENTAL CONTROL
Mazi Nwonwu
REMAINS OF AN OLD WORLD
Blaize Kaye
RIVER DOLL
Tariro Ndoro
SAFARI NYOTA
Dilman Dila
SAY IT LOW, THEN LOUD
Osahon Ize Iyamu
SECRET LIFE OF THE UNCLAIMED
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
AND SONGS DON’T END
Osahon Ize-Iyamu
THE TAILORESS OF CRIMSON LANE
Shaun van Rensburg
THE THIRD SET OF STITCHES
Ray Mwihaki
TIE KIDI
Awuor Onyango
TOOTHSOME THINGS
Chimedum Ohaegbu
THE UNUSUAL CUSTOMER
Innocent Chizaram Ilo
VAIN KNIFE
Dare Segun Falowo
OF WARPS AND WELTS
Innnocent Chizaram Ilo
WHEN WE DREAM, WE ARE OUR GOD
Wole Talabi
WHERE RIVERS GO TO DIE
Dilman Dila
THE WITCHING HOUR
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
THE WOODS ARE LOVELY
Jason Hess
YARD DOG
Tade Thompson