#SciFiSunday: Directory Of Black/African Speculative Fiction Writers

By Mia Mitns (@MiaMitns)

It’s not always easy finding books by newer and lesser known black Speculative Fiction (Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal) writers.  Beyond the lists of more well-known Black Speculative Fiction authors including Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nisi Shawl, Tananarive Due, N. K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, and L.A. Banks are more black women authors who write featuring black characters!

This list or “directory” was compiled with the intention of making it easier for readers to find some more books with black protagonists written by black women. The genre focus is Speculative Fiction in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Paranormal genres. (Graveyard Shift Sisters does an awesome job of featuring these women in horror already.)

The list isn’t all inclusive, so feel free to add yours to the list and/or check out the portable version of the “directory” for a link to send your book in. The portable version of the “directory” also includes male authors and is in a couple of formats for electronic readers.

Barnes & Noble- coming soon

Below is the list of authors by specific genre. (Genres as denoted by the Author/Publisher. Book covers used with permission of the authors.) 


Fantasy/Urban Fantasy & Paranormal


Fairy Tale


Sword & Sorcery

No Specification Fantasy

Alien Invasion & First Contact

Action & Adventure

Alternative History, Historical, Time Travel & Steam Punk


Space Opera & Galactic Empire


Genetic Engineering

No Specification Science Fiction


Childrens, Young Adult, & New Adult Speculative Fiction

Young Adult

New Adult

(Characters 19-26, sometimes up to 30)

During school, Mia dreamed the idea for her first novel, Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath, an urban fantasy story. After school, she returned to writing to complete the story and found out she had more. When Mia is not writing or reading, she enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, art, and trying to play guitar. Follow her on Twitter (@MiaMitns)

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