P. Djèlí Clark,Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, and Zelda Knight won at the British Fantasy Awards 2021 announced on September 27, 2021.
The British Fantasy Awards are awarded annually by the British Fantasy Society since 1976. The current award categories are Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award), Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award), Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Independent Press, Best Artist, Best Anthology, Best Collection, Best Comic/Graphic Novel, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award), while the Karl Edward Wagner Award for “important contribution to the genre or the Society” is given at the discretion of a committee.
In 2020, there were several writers of African descent winners in Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Nisi Shawl, as well as the Fiyah magazine.
The shortlists for the 2021 awards in several categories were announced on July 27 with writers of African descent making the cut. They winners were announced on September 27 and they are;
Jurors: Abbi Shaw, Lauren McClelland, Caroline Oakley, Emma Varney, Ginger Lee Thomason
- Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, ed. Zelda Knight & Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald (Aurelia Leo)
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald responded to the win by Tweeting, “Just saw this. My first editing award & I’ll be the first African editor to win it too Pleading face. It’s an immense honour. Thanks to the @BritFantasySoc @AuthorZKnight my amazing co-editor, the nominees & all who supported us to kickstart, boost & review it. We’re all winners.”
Jurors: Timy Takács, Phillip Irving, Ellis Saxey, Kshoni Gunputh, Alasdair Stuart
- Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
P. Djèlí Clark responded by Tweeting, “late to this party, but thank you! congrats to all the other finalists and awardees.”
You can watch the whole ceremony below;