Ignyte Awards

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The Ignyte Awards are an annual literary award for the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror works and achievements of the previous year. Established in 2020 by writers L. D. Lewis and Suzan Palumbo as an off-shoot of FIYAH Literary Magazine, the awards aim to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the speculative fiction genre, and are presented in 15 categories spanning fiction, non-fiction and community service. Trophies are awarded to winners at FIYAHCON, an annual speculative fiction convention focused on black, indigenous and people-of-color perspectives in the genre.[1][2]

Ignyte Award
Awarded forBest science fiction, fantasy and horror works of the previous year.
CountryUnited States
Presented byFIYAH Literary Magazine
First awarded2020
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The Ignyte Awards are part-juried and part-public vote: finalists are selected by the convention committee, and winners are then determined in an online ballot.[3] The 2021 finalists were announced in April,[4] and winners were announced at a virtual edition of the convention in September.[2]


Best Novel – AdultEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 Gods of Jade and Shadow Silvia Moreno-Garcia [5]
2021 Black Sun Rebecca Roanhorse [6]
2022 A Master of Djinn P. Djèlí Clark [7]

Best Novel – YAEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 We Hunt the Flame Hafsah Faizal [5]
2021 Legendborn Tracy Deonn [6]
2022 A Snake Falls to Earth Darcie Little Badger [7]

Best in Middle GradeEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Kwame Mbalia [5]
2021 Ghost Squad Claribel A. Ortega [6]
2022 Root Magic Eden Royce [7]

Best NovellaEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 This is How You Lose the Time War Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar [5]
2021 Riot Baby Tochi Onyebuchi [6]
2022 And This is How to Stay Alive Shingai Njeri Kagunda [7]

Best NoveletteEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 Emergency Skin N. K. Jemisin Amazon Forward Collection [5]
2021 The Inaccessibility of Heaven Aliette de Bodard Uncanny Magazine [6]
2022 The Future Library Peng Shepherd Tor Books [7]

Best Short StoryEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 "A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy" Rebecca Roanhorse Gallery/Saga Press [5]
2021 "You Perfect, Broken Thing" C. L. Clark Uncanny Magazine [6]
2022 "If the Martians Have Magic" P. Djèlí Clark Uncanny Magazine [7]

Best in Speculative PoetryEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 "A Conversation Between the Embalmed Heads of Lampião and Maria Bonita on Public Display at the Baiano State Forensic Institute, Circa Mid-20th Century" Woody Dismukes Strange Horizons [5]
2021 "The Harrowing Desgarrador" Gabriel Ascencio Morales Strange Horizons [6]
2022 "Post Massacre Psyche Evaluation" Abu Bakr Sadiq Uncanny Magazine [7]

Critics AwardEdit

Year Work Ref.
2020 Alex Brown of Tor.com [5]
2021 Stitch @ Stitch's Media Mix [6]
2022 Alex Brown of Tor.com [7]

Best Fiction PodcastEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 LeVar Burton Reads LeVar Burton [5]
2021 Nightlight Podcast Tonia Ransom [6]
2022 Khōréō Aleksandra Hill, Lian Xia Rose, Isaree Thatchaichawalit, Marie Croke, Carla B. Estruch, Rowan Morrison, P.H. Low, Elaine Ho, Katarzyna Nowacka, Zhui Ning Chang, Katalina Watt, Ysabella Maglanque, Lauren Bajek, M.L. Krishnan, Jei D. Marcade, Oshon Ize-Iyamu, Justine Teu, Sanam Akhlagh, Nuna Fariha [7]

Best ArtistEdit

Year Name Ref.
2020 Grace P. Fong [5]
2021 Odera Igbokwe [6]
2022 Morgan Madeline [7]

Best Comics TeamEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 These Savage Shores Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar, and Tim Daniel Vault Comics [5]
2021 Parable of the Sower Written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings Abrams ComicArts [6]
2022 Nubia: Real One Written by L.L. McKinney , illustrated by Robyn Smith DC Comics [7]

Best Anthology/Collected WorksEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color Edited by Nisi Shawl Rebellion [5]
2021 A Phoenix First Must Burn Edited by Patrice Caldwell Viking Books for Young Readers [6]
2022 We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction Edited by Charles Payseur & C.L. Clark Neon Hemlock Press [7]

Best in Creative NonfictionEdit

Year Work Author(s) Publisher Ref.
2020 Black Horror Rising Tananarive Due Uncanny Magazine [5]
2021 "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest" Tochi Onyebuchi Tor.com [6]
2022 "We Are the Mountain: A Look at the Inactive Protagonist" Vida Cruz Fantasy Magazine [7]

The Ember AwardEdit

Year Person Ref.
2020 LeVar Burton [5]
2021 Dhonielle Clayton [6]
2022 Tananarive Due [7]

The Community AwardEdit

Year Work Author(s) Ref.
2020 Strange Horizons Gautam Bhatia, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joyce Chng, Kate Cowan, Tahlia Day, William Ellwood, Rebecca Evans, Ciro Faienza, Lila Garrott, Dan Hartland, Amanda Jean, Lulu Kadhim, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Catherine Krahe, Anaea Lay, Dante Luiz, Heather McDougal, AJ Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Clark Seanor, Romie Stott, Aishwarya Subramanian, Fred G. Yost, the Strange Horizons copyediting team, and first readers. [5]
2021 #PublishingPaidMe L.L. McKinney and Tochi Onyebuchi [6]
2022 The Submission Grinder David Steffen, Anthony W. Sullivan, and Andrew Rucker Jones [7]


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  2. ^ a b Millanzi, Riziki (4 October 2021). Levontin, Polina (ed.). "FiyahCon 2021 report by Riziki Millanzi". Vector. British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  3. ^ Tejada, Andrew (17 October 2020). "Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Ignyte Awards!". Tor.com. Macmillan. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  4. ^ Glyer, Mike. "2021 Ignyte Awards Shortlist". File 770. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
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  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Asher-Perrin, Emmet (17 September 2022). "Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Ignyte Awards!". Tor.com. Macmillan. Retrieved 18 September 2022.