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Somto Ihezue

AL Major

Somto Ihezue is a speculative fiction writer, an acquiring editor, and a filmmaker. He is a recipient of the Mandela Institute’s African Youth Network Movement Fiction Prize, the Horror Writers Association Grant, and the EbonyLife Academy Alumni Film Grant. His work was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award (Sydney J. Bounds) for Best New Writer, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Afritondo Short Story Prize, the British Science Fiction Award, the Utopia Awards, and the Nommo Awards. His works have found homes in venues like Tor: Africa Risen, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, POETRY Magazine, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Escape Pod, Omenana Magazine, Africa In Dialogue, The Sauútiverse Anthology, and others. Somto is an Alumni of the Tin House Workshop, Milford Writers Workshop, and scheduled to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Somto is Original Fiction Manager at Escape Artists, an acquiring Editor with Android Press, and an intern for the Publishing Taught Me Project, an SFWA [Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Association] and NEA [National Endowment for the Arts] sponsored program. He tweets at somto_Ihezue.