November 23, 2022

FIYAH Literary Magazine Announces 2022 Ignyte Nominees

In 2020, Hugo’s award-winning black speculative publication FIYAH Literary Magazine (FIYAH) held its first-ever FIYAHCON and Igynte Awards to celebrate “incredible feats in storytelling and exceptional efforts toward inclusivity within” speculative fiction. Speculative fiction refers to genre narratives that do not fit neatly into science fiction and fantasy (SFF). The mega genre can also include heavy horror, literary and other elements. Today, three years later, FIYAH announced their shortlist for the 2022 Ignyte Awards.

Writing-intensive categories include novel (adult), novel (YA), mid-level, short story, short story, short story, speculative poetry, creative nonfiction, and anthology/works of collection. Media categories include Critics’ Award, Fiction Podcast, Artist, and Comic Crew. Two non-Ignyte prices include The Ember Award for Unsung Contributions to the Genre and the Community Award for Outstanding Effort in the Service of Gender Inclusion and Fair Practice.

Who is nominated?

A group of 15 people of color of various nationalities, abilities, genders, sexualities and others decided on the pool of nominees before narrowing it down to the shortlist of nominees. The judges include a mix of FIYAHCON staff and 2020/2021 winners. While you can (and should) check out the full list of nominees online, I’ve picked out just four that we’re most excited about!

Best Novel: Adult

  • A Master of the Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
  • black water sister by Zen Cho
  • Uncommon starlight by Ryka Aoki
  • land of sorrows by Solomon Rivers
  • The uninterrupted by CL Clark

Best Artist

The works named are just a snapshot and might not even be the ones the judges considered.

  • Tom Arnold (Harrow the ninth by Tamsyn Muir, limited edition of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells)
  • Paul Kellam (Frugal Freeda by Twyla Prindle, Fellow Antonello Mellow by Paula Betancur)
  • Morgan Madeleine (Seed, The Bone Picker, Ghost Mansion)
  • John Picacio (feverish star by Rebecca Roanhorse, some dark things by Silvia Moren-Garcia)
  • Raymond Sebastien (The Blood Trials by NE Davenport, The poisoned heart by Kalynn Bayron)

Best Comics Team

  • Abbott: 1973 by Saladin Ahmed & Sami Kivela
  • Count by Ibrahim Moustafa, Brad Simpson and Hassan Otsame-Elhaou
  • Nubia: the real one by LL McKinney & Robyn Smith
  • shadow life by Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu
  • Team by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

The Community Prize

How to vote?

Usually when I look at the nominees for the awards I choose my favorites and then from those I go for the default color creatives (especially the black creatives) because marginalized communities often don’t get the recognition we deserve. However, the Ignyte Awards are already all about inclusion, which makes my own selection process much more difficult. I only vote at the last minute to be better informed in more categories. I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t say (currently) Nubia: the real one, Amari and the Nightbrothersand Uncommon starlight have my votes for Best Comics Team, Best Middle Year, and Best Novel, respectively.


Now that FIYAH announced the nominees, anyone with email can vote (once) until June 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Written entries are not permitted. While FIYAHCON is on hiatus, the winners will be solemnly announced on September 17 by Brent Lambert, writer and FIYAHsocial media manager.

(pictures: FIYAH Literary Magazine)

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