The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards nominees have been announced. The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.
The winners will be decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc. and of the national convention, CoNZealand, to be held online July 29 – August 2, 2020.
PROFESSIONAL AWARD NOMINEES
- The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach, Little Hook Press
- The Blacksmith by Barbara Howe, IFWG Australia
- Into the Ashes by Lee Murray, Severed Press
- The Prince of Secrets by A.J. Lancaster, Camberion Press
- Solar Federation by S.E. Mulholland, self-published
Best Youth Novel
- The Clockhill and the Thief by Gareth Ward, Walker Books Australia
- Tyrelia by S.R. Manssen, Manssen Publishing
- Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped by Felicity Williams, The Cuba Press
- Dragon Rift: Riders of Fire book 3 by Eileen Mueller, Phantom Feather Press
- Light in my Blood by Jean Gilbert and William Dresden, Rogue House Publishing
Best Novella / Novelette
- From a Shadow Grave by Andi C. Buchanan, Paper Road Press (excerpt)
- We All Fall by Helen Vivinne Fletcher, HVF Publishing
- Ventiforms by Sean Monaghan, Asimov’s Science Fiction (Jan/Feb 2019)
- Would She Be Gone by Melanie Harding-Shaw, self-published
- Hunger’s Truth by A.J. Fitzwater, Gigantosaurus, April 1, 2019
Best Short Story
- “A Shriek Across the Sky” by Casey Lucas, Sponge Magazine (audio)
- “Losing Face” by Lee Murray, in Tales of the Lost Volume 1 edited by Eugene Johnson and Steve Dillon
- “Work and Income Gothic” by Jack Remiel Cottrell, Flash Frontier, December 2019
- “The Fisher” by Melanie Harding-Shaw, Newsroom, October 5, 2019
- “Chasing Oumuamua” by Sean Monaghan, Asimov’s Science Fiction (May/Jun 2019)
- “Proof of Concept” by James Rowland, NewMyths.com Issue #49, December 2019
Best Collected Work
- Into the Mire by Casey Lucas, self-published
- Dark Winds over Wellington – Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange by Tabatha Wood, Wild Woods Books
- Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume 1 edited by Marie Hodgkinson, Paper Road Press
- Beyond the City Limits: Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology edited by Kura Carpenter, Wicked Unicorn Press
- Flash Frontier: Speculative Fiction Issue edited by A.J. Fitzwater and Tim Jones, Flash Frontier
Best Professional Artwork
- Cover for The Dawnhounds created by Pepper Curry
- Cover for Dragon Pearl created by Vivienne To
- Cover for From a Shadow Grave created by Emma Weakley
- Illustrations for Tio Tiamu / Smelly Giant created by Laya Rose
Best Professional Production/Publication
Best Dramatic Presentation
FAN AWARD NOMINEES
Best Fan Artwork
- Wandering Wild by Michelle Kan
- Aliens vs Geysers by Kat Oliver
- Deet by Laya Rose
- Wilder Girls by Laya Rose
Best Fan Production/ Publication
- Geysercon Program Book produced by Grace Bridges
- Plant Life by Laya Rose
- Phoenixine produced by Lynelle and John Howell
- Consequence LARP written by Callum Upton, Toby Stewart and Sarah Daymond
Best Fan Writing
- “SITREP” by Alex Lindsay, A monthly column in Phoenixine
- “Welcome to the Con” by Grace Bridges, Geysercon Program Book
SPECIAL AWARD NOMINEES
Best New Talent
Services to Fandom
Grace Bridges chaired GeyserCon and does a great deal to support writers and artists both nationally and internationally. She represents NZ well on an international stage and encourages young creators to practice and pursue their own dreams. She plays well with others and is a good example of positive fandom.
Grace Bridges has been an integral member of New Zealand’s fan community for over a decade. A writer, graphic artist, cosplayer, publisher, editor, gamer, speaker, panellist, mentor, and strong community activist. Grace fully embraces her role as both a creator and a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her formal roles include serving as chair of the GeyserCon National science fiction and fantasy convention in Rotorua in June 2019, as a member of the Core of SpecFicNZ for close to a decade (and President of the group for much of that), and as an active member of Young New Zealand Writers (promoting and developing young creatives in science fiction and fantasy) from 2017 onwards. She promotes New Zealand genre work and fandom both locally and internationally and advocates for a science fiction and fantasy community which encourages inclusiveness for all. Most of Grace’s spare time over the past ten years has been devoted to growing and supporting our fan community—usually while dressed as Capt. Kathryn Janeway or as your favourite TimeLord—making her a highly worthy recipient of this award.
Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Mel has been instrumental in bridging the gap between Kiwi SFF and Worldcon. She has organized a local group of Wellington writers across the SFF spectrum,including those who are familiar with Kiwi fandom and those who have historically worked in the literary scene. She is also coordinating Kiwi SFF participants at CoNZealand, both ensuring a wide variety of voices and encouraging those who might not otherwise attend to consider doing so. She is involved both with SpecFicNZ and the New Zealand Society of Authors to bring all authors of speculative work together to share knowledge and resources and celebrate Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing in Aotearoa.
Note: Nominees are presented in randomised order.
The SJV Voter Packet is currently being assembled. Members of SFFANZ or CoNZealand are able to access the works in the SJV Voter Packet by following the instructions here.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognize excellence in Science Fiction
Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given for work by fans and professionals that was undertaken completed or released in the year previous to voting. This year the works being voted on are from 2019. They are voted on by New Zealand fans (and this year, by CoNZealand members), and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered by SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc. SFFANZ supports Science Fiction and Fantasy in New Zealand and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .