New Writer Hurdles

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Join award-winning author, editor, and filmmaker Somto Ihezue to discuss the trials, pitfalls, and obstacles faced by writers at the start of their career.

About Somto Ihezue

Somto Ihezue is a Nigerian–Igbo editor, writer, and filmmaker.

He was awarded the 2021 African Youth Network Movement Fiction Prize. A BSFA and Nommo Award-nominee and finalist for the 2022 Afritondo Prize, his works have appeared and are forthcoming in Tor: Africa Risen Anthology, Fireside Magazine, Podcastle, Escape Pod, Strange Horizons, POETRY Magazine, Cossmass Infinities, Flash Fiction Online, NIGHTMARE, Flame Tree Press, OnSpec Magazine, Omenana, Africa In Dialogue, The Year’s Best Anthology of African Speculative Fiction and others.

He is an alumnus of the Milford SF Writers ’22, and Voodoonauts’22, and will be attending Clarion West’23. He is a member of SFWA (Science Fiction Writers Association), ASFS(African Science Fiction & Fantasy Society), BSFA (British Science Fiction Association), and BFS (British Fantasy Society), and Codex.


Original Fiction Manager: Escape Artists

Acquiring Editor: Android Press

Associate Editor: Cast of Wonders

Somto wants to write places where he can be afraid, brave, a work in progress, and a masterpiece, all at once. Or just… be.

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