The longlists for the British Science Fiction Awards were announced on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The British Science Fiction Awards are literary awards presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association to honour works in the genre of science fiction since 1970. Some previous winners of the awards have been Geoff Ryman, Ian McDonald, among others.

The longlists for the 2020 awards were announced in the categories of Award for Best Novel, Award for Best Short Fiction, Award for Best Non-Fiction, and Award for Best Artwork. Followers of African and Black Literature have an interest as there are several writers who are in the running for the awards. There were nominees in two of the four categories with the anthology Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora bringing to the fore several writers in the short story category.

Those in consideration are;

Best Novel

  • Afterland by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
  • King of the Rising by Kacen Callender (Orbit)
  • The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Short Fiction

  • Carnival by Milton Davis (Hadithi and the State of Black Speculative Fiction)
  • Convergence in Chorus Architecture by Dare Segun Falowo (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora)
  • Fairy Tales for Robots by Sofia Samatar (Made to Order)
  • Ife-Iyoku, Tale of Imadeyunuagbon by Oghenechovwe Ekpeki (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora)
  • Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll by Tobi Ogundiran (Shoreline of Infinity)
  • Rat and Finch are Friends, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Strange Horizons)
  • Red_Bati by Dilman Dila (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora)
  • The Unclean by Nuzo Onoh (Dominion: An Anthology of Black Speculative Fiction)

The shortlists and winners, selected by members of the British Science Fiction Academy will be announced in due course.