Nommo 2020: Short Story Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHORT LIST NOMINEES
& ALL LONG LIST NOMINEES FOR 2020


Below are the Short List Nominees in each of the 4 categories and ALL respective nominees for the 2020 Nommo Awards:
Members are given the opportunity to read the following short listed novels online.  If you are a member of the ASFS please fill in the Nommo Reader Request Form (with relevant conditions) and submit. If you are an approved member, we will send through access details.

SHORT STORY SHORT LIST





TINY BRAVERY
Ada Nnadi

Ada Nnadi is presently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Lagos. She has worked for Brittle Paper as a submissions editor. Her story ‘Tiny Bravery’ made the 2019 Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List for the short story category. She will one day be the mother of many cats —and a dog.




SIN EATER
Chikodili Emelumadu

Chikodili Emelumadu is a writer and broadcaster living in Brighton, East Sussex. She was nominated for a Shirley Jackson award in 2014 for her short story ‘Candy Girl’. She’s been published in Apex, One Throne, Eclectica and many other magazines and anthologies, including the collection African Monsters for which her story ‘Bush Baby’ was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Literature in 2017. She tweets as @chemelumadu.




BETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DARK 
Deji Bryce Olukotun

Deji Bryce Olukotun graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and also holds degrees from Yale College and Stanford Law School. He became the inaugural Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center, a human rights organization that promotes literature and defends free expression. His work has been published in Guernica, Joyland, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today, and Molussus.



PRINCIPLES OF BALANCE 
Ivana Akotowaa Ofori

Ivana Akotowaa Ofori is a Ghanaian storyteller. Self-styled as “The Spider Kid”, she is a weaver of words in many forms, including fiction, non-fiction and spoken-word poetry. She has been longlisted twice for the Writivism Prize, first for nonfiction and second for fiction. Some of her work appears in the Flash Fiction Ghana anthology, Kenkey for Ewes and Other Very Short Stories. When she is not reading or writing, she is likely to be raving online and in person about frustrations with school and life, or about her great love for the color purple.




THE HAUNTING OF 13 OLÚWO STREET
Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is the author of David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019) and the forthcoming The Nameless Republic trilogy (Orbit, 2021). His fiction and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside and other periodicals and anthologies. Find him at suyidavies.com and at @IAmSuyiDavies on Twitter 



WHEN WE DREAM WE ARE OUR GOD 
Wole Talabi

Wole Talabi won the 2018 Nommo Award for Best Speculative Short Fiction with ‘The Regression Test’.  He also won the Caine Reader’s Prize, related to the Caine Prize for his speculative story ‘Wednesday’s Story’.  


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.

2020 SHORT STORY LONG LIST


Acan Innocent ImmaculateSONG BIRD
(Brittle Paper and Go the Way Your Blood Beats, anthology edited by Anathi Jongilanga, Brittle Paper)
Ada NnadiTINY BRAVERY (Omenana) 
Ama Josephine BudgeA SHOAL OF LOVERS LEADS ME HOME
(Anathema Magazine)
Ayodele OlufintuadeTHE STORM PAINTER (Strange Horizons) 
Caldon MullREFUGIA (Omenana)
Chikodili EmelumaduSIN EATER (Omenana) 
Chinelo OnwualuWHAT THE DEAD MAN SAID (Slate.com)
Dare Segun FalowoVAIN KNIFE (The Dark Magazine)
Deji Bryce OlukotunBETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DARK (Lightspeed) 
Ekari MbvundulaTHE BLUE BALL  (Story Ink Africa)
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe DonaldIFE-IYOKU (Selene Quarterly)
Eugen BaconA PINING (StylusLit),
THE DAY CHIVALRY DIED (AntipodeanSF),
A GOOD BALL (Other Terrain Journal)
(all from the single-author anthology DYING AND OTHER STORIES)
Hannah OnoguweWHERE THE PALM NUT GROWS
(Timeworn Literary Journal)
Haku JacksonTHE SILENT GOD (Omenana)
Imade IyamuODUDUWA: THE RETURN
(in anthology YOUNG EXPLORERS ADVENTURE GUIDE VOL 6 edited by Corie and Sean Weaver, Dreaming Robot Press)
Innocent Chizaram IloFEMALE COMPUTER WANTED APPLY WITHIN
(Fireside Fiction)
Innocent Chizaram IloRED CROWS (Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores)
Ivana Akotowaa OforiPRINCIPLES OF BALANCE (Jalada)
Kathleen KayembeTHE OCEAN THAT FADES INTO SKY (Lightspeed) 
Keletso MopaiBECOMING A GOD (from the single-author anthology IF YOU KEEP DIGGING, BlackBird Books) (Omenana)
Keletso MopaiFOURTEEN
(from single-author anthology IF YOU KEEP DIGGING, BlackBird Books)
Kofi NyameyeTHE LIGHTS GO OUT ONE BY ONE
(Asimovs Science Fiction) 
Lesley ArimahSKINNED (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern)
Mame Bougouma DieneANOTHER DAY IN THE DESERT (EscapePod)
Mame Bougouma DieneTHE LAST OF HER KIND (Omenana)
Mandisi NkomoDROPZONE  (Mandisi Nkomo)
Mohale MashigoMUTSHIDZI
(anthology A WORLD OF HORROR edited by Eric J Guignard, Dark Moon Books) 
Nick WoodA MILLION REASONS WHY
(from single-author collection LEARNING MONKEY AND CROCODILE, Luna Press)
Nikhil SinghTHE RE-EVOLUTION OF CLOUD 9
(from anthology THE UNQUIET DREAMER: A TRIBUTE TO HARLAN ELLISON edited by Preston Grassman, PS Publishing) 
Olufunke OgundimuIN-BETWEEN (Jalada)
Ope AdedejiAFTER THE BIRDS (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern)
Osahon Ize-IyamuFLAGS FLYING BEFORE A FALL (Strange Horizons)
Osahon Ize-IyamuIN THE GARDEN WATCHING NIM-NOMS (Omenana)
Osahon Ize-IyamuWHO HAS NEVER LOVED A GENTLE HOUSE?
(Strange Horizons)
Osahon Ize-IyamuTHEREIN LIES A SOUL (The Dark Magazine)
‘Pemi AgudaMANIFEST 11 (Granta)
‘Pemi Aguda24 ALHAJI WILLIAMS STREET (Zoetrope)
Rafeeat AliyuWHERE THE RAIN MOTHERS AR(Strange Horizons)
Rafeif IsmailSOMETHING LIKE REVOLUTION (Meanjin Quarterly)
Shingai KagundaHOLDING ON TO WATER (Omenana)
Stephen EmbletonTHE GIRL WITH TWO BODIES (Kalahari Review)
Suyi Davies OkungbowaTHE HAUNTING OF 13 OLÚWO STREET (Fireside)
Suyi Davies OkungbowaA LIGHT FOR THE DARK UNDER (Brick Moon)
(also in the anthology IT STARTS WITH A HEIST (Brick Moon)
Tariro NdoroA TALE OF TWO SISTERS
(anthology HOTEL AFRICA, Short Story Day Africa)
Tariro Ndoro
(in NOWHEREVILLE: WEIRD IS OTHER PEOPLEBroken Eye Books)
T L HuchuCORIALIS (Fiyah)
Tiah Marie BeautementTHE AMERICAN REFUGEE (Cast of Wonders Podcast)
Tobi OgundiranFAÊL (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Wole TalabiWHEN WE DREAM WE ARE OUR GOD
(Apex Magazine and ALL BORDERS ARE TEMPORARY, TrAP Magazine)
Wole TalabiABEOKUTA52 (Omenana)
Wole Talabi


SHORT STORIES  LONG LISTED BUT NOT ELIGIBLE


Blaize Kaye 
BRAND NEW WAYS TO LOSE YOU OVER AND OVER
– short listed 2019 (Omenana)
Dare Segun FalowoNGOZI UGEGBE NWA – published 2020
(The Dark Magazine)
Derek LubangakeneORIGAMI ANGELS – not eligible shortlisted 2019
(Omenana)
Henrietta Rose-InnesLIMERENCE – first published 2016
(Some Such Stories) 
Innocent Chizaram IlodianyaRAT AND FINCH ARE FRIENDS – published 2020
(Strange Horizons)
Tiah Marie BeautementMOMENTO MORI – shortlisted 2019
(Omenana)
T L HuchuNJUZU – shortlisted 2019
(first published in AfroSFV3 edited by Ivor W. Hartmann and in the Johannesburg Review of Books)