There are several African writers on the shortlists for the British Science Fiction Awards 2020 announced on February 18, 2021.

The British Science Fiction Awards, a production of the British Science Fiction Association, have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The longlists in the categories of Award for Best Novel, Award for Best Short Fiction, Award for Best Non-Fiction, and Award for Best Artwork for 2020 were announced on January 16. The African/Black writers in the running for the honours are;

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

  • Dilman Dila, ‘Red_Bati’, Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo. Edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, ‘Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon’, Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo. Edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.
  • Tobi Ogundiran, Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll, Shoreline of Infinity.

Best Novel

  • K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit.

The winners will be revealed at the Eastercon, ConFusion which will be held online from April 2-5, 2021.