Here are the winners of the 2023 Ignyte Awards

The best in BIPOC SF/F publishing of 2022

Here are the winners of the 2023 Ignyte Awards
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The Hugo Awards weren't the only big awards announced over the weekend: the administrators of the Ignyte Awards announced the recipients of the fourth annual awards.

The award was founded alongside FIYAHCON in 2020, and were designed to honor BIPOC contributions to the SF/F genres. This year, the finalists were brought together by a jury of 20 individuals (a mix of avid readers, reviewers, FIYAHCON staff, and winners from previous years), and were then voted on by the general public.

Here are the finalists and winners (marked in bold) for this year's award.

Best Novel: Adult

  • Babel by R. F. Kuang
  • Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
  • Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
  • The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport
  • The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

Best Novel: Young Adult

  • Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older
  • Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn
  • Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
  • Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Best in Middle Grade

  • Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion by K. Tempest Bradford
  • The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
  • The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Witchlings by Claribel Ortega
  • You Only Live Once, David Bravo! by Mark Oshiro

Best Novella

  • Bishop's Opening  by R.S.A. Garcia
  • Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett
  • Even Though I Knew The End by C. L. Polk
  • Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum
  • Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best in Speculative Poetry

Critics Award

  • Aigner Loren Wilson
  • Bogi Takács
  • Charles Payseur
  • Christina Orlando
  • Nerds of a Feather

Best Fiction Podcast

Best Artist

  • Aimee Campbell
  • Terri Chieyni
  • N’kai DeLauter
  • Taj Francis
  • Raymond Sebastien

Best Comics Team

  • Changa And The Jade Obelisk #2 by Matteo Illuminat, Loris Ravina, Massimiliano Veltri & Robert Jeffrey II
  • Squire by Nadia Shammas & Sara Alfageeh
  • Where Black Stars Rise by Marie Enger & Nadia Shammas

Best Anthology / Collected Works

  • Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
  • Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
  • Reclaim the Stars edited by Zoraida Córdova, ed.
  • The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer edited by David Pomerico and Kyle Dargan
  • Voodoonauts Presents (Re)Living Mythology by Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, H.D. Hunter & LP Kindred

Best Creative Nonfiction

The Ember Award

  • Afronauts Podcast
  • Alex Brown
  • Kate Elliott
  • Maurice Broaddus
  • Ruoxi Chen

The Community Award

  • Carl Brandon Society
  • Clarion West
  • dave ring
  • Flights of Foundry
  • Loyalty Bookstore’s Crowdcast