FiyahCon, the virtual convention centering the perspectives and celebrating the contributions of BIPOC in speculative fiction, has recently announced the addition of the Ignyte Awards to their inaugural FiyahCon event.

“The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

The announcement lists the award categories as below:

Best Novel – Adult
Best Novel – YA
Best in MG
Best Novella
Best Novelette
Best Short Story
Speculative Poetry
Critics Award
Best Fiction Podcast
Best Artist
Best Comics Team
Best Anthology/Collected Works
Best in Creative Nonfiction

The Ember Award for Unsung Contributions to Genre

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

Finalists will be announced Monday 17th August, at which point voting will open to the broader SFF community through 11th September. Winners will be announced the weekend of the convention, on the 17th and 18th of October.

They’ve also asked the community to help with the funding of the awards (and the convention) through donations. To cover the costs of the production and shipping of physical awards. But I’m pleased to say that at the point of writing they have already exceeded their $3000 fundraising goal!

You can find out more about the Ignyte Awards, and FiyahCon, on the convention website, and catch up with Fiyah magazine here.

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