About the ASFS

“The ASFS will provide a place where writers, readers, and scholars can come together to find information, connect with each other, and act as watchdogs for their collective interests.” 

Chinelo Onwualu, co-founder of OMENANA

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) is a membership organisation of African writers, editors, comic and graphic artists, and filmmakers in the in the fields of speculative fiction such as fantasy, science fiction, stories that draw on traditions, horror and philosophical fiction.

The ASFS is home of the Nommo Awards held annually since 2017 with the exception of 2023. 

Members nominate published work for one of The Nommo Awards across four categories: Best Novel, Novella, Short Story, and Graphic Nove.

Members are given free access to some of the nominated works and vote for the winners.  

The ASFS does not charge any membership fee.  

Check out our inclusive definition of Who is African? 

What is Speculative Fiction?

Speculative Fiction includes  Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the broadest possible definition of speculative/fantastical fiction including horror, slipstream, interstitial, stories based on traditional beliefs, alternate history etc.  Speculative Fiction is an inclusive rather than exclusive term designed to include most especially any distinctively African forms that may develop.

“The ASFS creates a space for African speculative fiction writers to network, organize, learn from each other, and debate. It will promote an ongoing conversation, led by artists, on Africa's literatures of the imagination."

Sofia Samatar, author of A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories