Ignyte Awards 2022 Finalists

We’ve talked a lot about the flaws of various award systems but part of the broader solution to the competing needs and problems with awards is pluralism: multiple awards that use different approaches and have different constituencies. I think the Ignyte Awards are a great addition to that.

The Awards have some overlap of categories with other notable genre awards but also some unique categories. The approach of using a juried shortlist and a free open popular vote to pick the winner reduces the potential problem of brigading votes while removing barriers to participation. However, the test of an award is whether it is creating interesting lists of finalists and so far, each year of the award has presented finalists that hit a sweet spot of some overlap with other awards but with sufficient difference to add to the range of works getting recognition.

BEST NOVEL: ADULT

for novel-length work (40k words) Works intended for an Adult audience

BEST NOVEL: YOUNG ADULT

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

BEST IN MIDDLE GRADE

for works intended for the middle grade audience

BEST NOVELLA

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

BEST NOVELETTE

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

BEST SHORT STORY

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

BEST IN SPECULATIVE POETRY

CRITICS AWARD

for reviews and analysis of the field of speculative literature

  • Akilah White
  • Arley Sorg
  • Thistle & Verse
  • Alex Brown
  • Rich in Color

BEST FICTION PODCAST

for excellence in audio performance and production for speculative fiction

  • Escape Pod
  • Khōréō Magazine
  • Gallery of Curiosities
  • Podcastle
  • Pseudopod

BEST ARTIST

for contributions in visual speculative storytelling

  • Tommy Arnold
  • Paul Kellam
  • Morgan Madeline
  • John Picacio
  • Raymond Sebastien

BEST COMICS TEAM

for comics, graphic novels, and sequential storytelling

  • ABBOTT: 1973 – Saladin Ahmed & Sami Kivelä  (Boom! Studios)
  • COUNT – Ibrahim Moustafa, Brad Simpson, & Hassan Otsame-Elhaou (Humanoids, Inc.)
  • NUBIA: REAL ONE – L. L. McKinney & Robyn Smith (DC Comics)
  • SHADOW LIFE – Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu (First Second)
  • SQUAD – Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle (Green Willow Books)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTED WORKS

BEST CREATIVE NONFICTION

for works related to the field of speculative fiction

THE EMBER AWARD

for unsung contributions to genre

  • Maurice Broaddus
  • Tananarive Due
  • Malinda Lo
  • Julia Rios
  • Sheree Renée Thomas

THE COMMUNITY AWARD

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

  • Anathema: Spec from the Margins – Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilmot, Chinelo Onwualu
  • dave ring
  • Khōréō Magazine – Aleksandra Hill, Founder & Editor-in-Chief and Team
  • The Submission Grinder – David Steffen
  • We Need Diverse Books 

6 responses to “Ignyte Awards 2022 Finalists”

  1. I assume you don’t have to do anything special to get the special characters in Khōréō Magazine to display properly. I’m skunked.

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  2. This really is a great set of shortlists! (Particularly pleased to see Steffen & his Submission Grinder get a nod)

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