Ignyte Awards 2022

The winners of the Ignyte Awards 2022, brought to you by Fiyah Literary Magazine, were announced on Saturday, September 18, 2022.

Fiyah is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora based in the USA founded in 2016. In 2021, they announced that they would host FIYAHCON for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) with the Ignyte Awards as its centrepiece in 2020. The awards were aimed at celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward the inclusivity of the genre. On September 18, they announced the first winners of the awards.

The 2022 edition is here and the finalists in fifteen categories for the year were revealed on Monday, April 18 before the winners were announced at a broadcast on Saturday, September 17. The broadcast where the winners were revealed can be watched in full below;

For those who might not have the patience to listen for the hour anchored by Brent Lambert, the biggest winner on the night was P. Djèlí Clark who won in both Best Adult Novel and Best Short Story while Kenyan Shingai Njeri Kagunda won in the Best Novella Category for And This Is How You Stay Alive.

Some of the responses to the wins either on Twitter or physically were;

I WON AN #IGNYTE AWARD??? OMG!!! 😱😭😱😭 A freaking shit ton of gratitude to the forever gracious @fiyahlitmag, @BrentCLambert, @Ellethevillain, for this ‘shocked-to-my-bones-so-much-i-died’ honour. This right here, is a dream come true. Alhamdulillah. 💜💜💜

Abu Bakr Sadiq, Best Speculative Poetry

I WON THE BLOODY IGNYTES AWARD! 😭😭😭😭 SOMEONE COME GET MY TEARS!

Shingai Njeri Kagunda, winner, Best Novella

So thrilled and so grateful! Thank you everyone for voting for what I see as a love letter to queer sci fi and fantasy.

C.L. Clark, winner, Best Anthology/Selected Works

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!! We are truly grateful and we’re still all in shock and yelling in excitement about this win. 🧡 😭

Khōréō Magazine, Best Fiction Podcast

 Thank you so much for rooting for Root Magic, I am stunned, amazed, thrilled, overwhelmed… you can add lots of other adjectives here. I want to thank the Fiyah staff for everything that they do, not just for the Ingyte Awards but for BIPOC writers everywhere, for supporting what we do, for shouting about it, and for fighting the good fight. I want to thank everyone that supported Root Magic read it, shouted about it on social media. I want to thank my agent, my editor, for seeing the beauty of the story that wasn’t like anything else I had ever read or written before.”

Eden Royce, Best in Middle Grade.

Here is the full list of winners on the evening; 

BEST NOVEL: ADULT
for novel-length work (40k words) Works intended for an Adult audience

  • A MASTER OF DJINN, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)

BEST NOVEL: YOUNG ADULT
for novel-length (40k+ words) works intended for the young adult audience

  • A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)

BEST IN MIDDLE GRADE
for works intended for the middle grade audience

  • ROOT MAGIC, Eden Royce (Walden Pond Press)

BEST NOVELLA
for speculative works ranging from 17,500-39,999 words

  • AND THIS IS HOW TO STAY ALIVE, Shingai Njeri Kagunda (Neon Hemlock)

BEST NOVELETTE
for speculative works ranging from 7,500-17,499 words

  • THE FUTURE LIBRARY, Peng Shepherd (Tordotcom)

BEST SHORT STORY
for speculative works ranging from 2,000-7,499 words  

  • IF THE MARTIANS HAVE MAGIC, P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny Magazine)

BEST IN SPECULATIVE POETRY

  • POST-MASSACRE PSYCHE EVAL, Abu Bakr Sadiq (Uncanny Magazine)

CRITICS AWARD
for reviews and analysis of the field of speculative literature

  • Alex Brown

BEST FICTION PODCAST
for excellence in audio performance and production for speculative fiction

  • Khōréō Magazine

BEST ARTIST
for contributions in visual speculative storytelling

  • Morgan Madeline

BEST COMICS TEAM
for comics, graphic novels, and sequential storytelling

  • NUBIA: REAL ONE, L. L. McKinney & Robyn Smith (DC Comics)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTED WORKS

  • WE’RE HERE: THE BEST QUEER SPECULATIVE FICTION 2020, C.L. Clark, Charles Payseur, eds. (Neon Hemlock)

BEST CREATIVE NONFICTION
for works related to the field of speculative fiction

  • WE ARE THE MOUNTAIN: A LOOK AT THE INACTIVE PROTAGONIST, Vida Cruz (Fantasy Magazine)

THE EMBER AWARD
for unsung contributions to genre

  • Tananarive Due

THE COMMUNITY AWARD
for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre

  • The Submission Grinder – David Steffen