Ignyte Award 2020: Winners

FIYAHCON have announced the winners for the Ignyte Awards. I haven’t seen an official post, only Twitter announcements. No analysis from me here yet. File 770 coverage here http://file770.com/2020-ignyte-awards/ and Tor.com https://www.tor.com/2020/10/17/announcing-the-winners-of-the-inaugural-ignyte-awards/

Best Novel – Adult

for novel-length (40k+ words) works intended for the adult audience

Winner: Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)

  • The Dragon Republic – R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
  • Jade War – Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • Storm of Locusts – Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press)
  • Kingdom of Copper – S. A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)

Best Novella

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

Winner: This is How You Lose the Time War – Max Gladstone & Amal El-Mohtar (Gallery/Saga Press)

  • 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))
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 – P. Djèlí Clark (Tor/Forge (Tor.com))

Best Novelette

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

Winner: 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

Best Short Story

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

Winner: A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy – Rebecca Roanhorse for Mythic Dream

  • 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

Best in Speculative Poetry

Winner: 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

  • Heaven is Expensive – Ruben Reyes, Jr. for Strange Horizons
  • Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast – Brandon O’Brien for Uncanny Magazine
  • Those Who Tell the Stories – Davian Aw for Strange Horizons
  • goddess in forced repose – Tamara Jerée for Uncanny Magazine.

Critics Award

for reviews and analysis of the field of speculative literature

Winner: Alex Brown – Tor.com

  • Jesse – Bowties & Books
  • Charles Payseur – Quick Sip Reviews
  • Maria Haskins
  • Liz Bourke.

Best in Creative Nonfiction

for works related to the field of speculative fiction

Winner: Black Horror Rising – Tananarive Due (Uncanny Magazine)

  • AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora’s Surrealist Fiction – Rochelle Spencer (Routledge)
  • The Dark Fantastic – Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (NYU Press)
  • Our Opinions are Correct – Charlie Jane Anders & Annalee Newitz
  • Tongue-Tied: A Catalog of Losses – Layla Al-Bedawi (Fireside Fiction)

The Ember Award

for unsung contributions to genre

Winner: LeVar Burton

  • Tananarive Due
  • Keidra Chaney
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Malon Edwards

The Community Award

for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre

Winner: 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

  • Beth Phelan
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Writing The Other – Nisi Shawl + K Tempest Bradford

ETA – I skipped Best artist and Best Comics Team accidentally

Best Artist

for contributions in visual speculative storytelling:

Winner: Grace P. Fong

Best Comics Team

for comics, graphic novels, and sequential storytelling:

Winner: These Savage Shores – Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar, & Tim Daniel


2 responses to “Ignyte Award 2020: Winners”

  1. Would personally have liked to see something different than all the other awards for novella, but some nice choices out of an overall good shortlist!


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