FIYAHCON have announced their finalists for the first Ignyte Awards and there are some interesting choices. You can read the announcement here https://theconvention.fiyahlitmag.com/2020/08/17/the-2020-ignyte-awards-ballot/ and File 770 has coverage here http://file770.com/2020-ignyte-awards-finalists/
It is an interesting mix of names seen on other awards and names that may be less familiar. See above for full categories. I’m going to skip over YA and Middle Grade categories plus some others (sorry Pod Cast) for brevity.
Best Novel – Adult
for novel-length (40k+ words) works intended for the adult audience
- The Dragon Republic – R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
- Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
- Jade War – Fonda Lee (Orbit)
- Storm of Locusts – Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press)
- Kingdom of Copper – S. A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
Mainly books on my to-be-read pile rather than books I’ve already read. The deadline for voting is September 11, so probably not enough time to read them all before the deadline.
for speculative works ranging from 17,500-39,999 words
- The Deep – Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes (Gallery/Saga Press)
- The Survival of Molly Southbourne – Tade Thompson (Tor/Forge (Tor.com))
- The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday – Saad Z. Hossain (Tor/Forge (Tor.com))
- This is How You Lose the Time War – Max Gladstone & Amal El-Mohtar (Gallery/Saga Press)
- The Haunting of Tram Car 015 – P. Djèlí Clark (Tor/Forge (Tor.com))
I’ve read four out of five (haven’t reviewed one of them). Like other awards, the field of publishers for novellas is looking very small here — only Tor and Gallery/Saga.
for speculative works ranging from 7,500-17,499 words
- Emergency Skin – N K Jemisin for the Amazon Forward Collection
- While Dragons Claim the Sky – Jen Brown for FIYAH Literary Magazine
- Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy – JY Neon Yang for Tor.com
- The Archronology of Love – Caroline M. Yoachim for Lightspeed
- Omphalos – Ted Chiang for Exhalation: Stories
I’ve read three out of five and this looks like an interesting category.
Best Short Story
for speculative works ranging from 2,000-7,499 words
- Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island – Nibedita Sen for Nightmare Magazine
- Dune Song – Suyi Davies Okungbowa for Apex Magazine
- And Now His Lordship is Laughing – Shiv Ramdas for Strange Horizons
- Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan – Christopher Caldwell for Uncanny Magazine
- A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy – Rebecca Roanhorse for Mythic Dream
I’ve already read two out of five. So, I’ll definitely do some reviews of the other three before voting. The range of magazines being drawn from is very similar to Hugos an Nebulas, although that’s not surprising.
Best in Speculative Poetry
- Heaven is Expensive – Ruben Reyes, Jr. for Strange Horizons
- Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast – Brandon O’Brien for Uncanny Magazine
- A Conversation Between the Embalmed Heads of Lampião and Maria Bonita on Public Display at the Baiano State Forensic Institute, Circa Mid-20th Century – Woody Dismukes for Strange Horizons
- Those Who Tell the Stories – Davian Aw for Strange Horizons
- goddess in forced repose – Tamara Jerée for Uncanny Magazine
I can’t say I read much poetry but I might have a look. All Uncanny or Strange Horizons.
for reviews and analysis of the field of speculative literature
- Jesse – Bowties & Books
- Charles Payseur – Quick Sip Reviews
- Maria Haskins
- Alex Brown – Tor.com
- Liz Bourke
A solid and also eclectic mix of reviewers in what looks like an interesting category that includes different styles and medium of reviews. There’s overlap with the Fan Writer and Fanzine category of the Hugos but this category has a tighter focus.
Best in Creative Nonfiction
for works related to the field of speculative fiction
- AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora’s Surrealist Fiction – Rochelle Spencer (Routledge)
- The Dark Fantastic – Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (NYU Press)
- Black Horror Rising – Tananarive Due (Uncanny Magazine)
- Our Opinions are Correct – Charlie Jane Anders & Annalee Newitz
- Tongue-Tied: A Catalog of Losses – Layla Al-Bedawi (Fireside Fiction)
A category that has some similarity to the Hugo’s Best Related Work in nature but with a clearer emphasis on nonfiction. Like BRW, the category has a mix of mediums (podcasts, columns, books).
The Ember Award
for unsung contributions to genre
- Tananarive Due
- LeVar Burton
- Keidra Chaney
- Nisi Shawl
- Malon Edwards
The first of the two community awards recognising people’s work in general.
The Community Award
for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre
- Beth Phelan
- Mary Robinette Kowal
- Diana M. Pho
- Writing The Other – Nisi Shawl + K Tempest Bradford
- Strange Horizons – Gautam Bhatia, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joyce Chng, Kate Cowan, Tahlia Day, William Ellwood, Rebecca Evans, Ciro Faienza, Lila Garrott, Dan Hartland, Amanda Jean, Lulu Kadhim, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Catherine Krahe, Anaea Lay, Dante Luiz, Heather McDougal, AJ Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Clark Seanor, Romie Stott, Aishwarya Subramanian, Fred G. Yost, and the SH copyediting team and first readers
I’m not sure I’ll vote in either of these categories. It’s great to celebrate people but it can be hard (and can feel weird) to pick between them.