The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards winners were announced today at CoNZealand. The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.
The winners were decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc. and of the national convention, which CoNZealand also is in 2020.
- The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach, Little Hook Press
Best Youth Novel
- The Clockhill and the Thief by Gareth Ward, Walker Books Australia
Best Novella / Novelette
- From a Shadow Grave by Andi C. Buchanan, Paper Road Press
Best Short Story
- “A Shriek Across the Sky” by Casey Lucas, Sponge Magazine
Best Collected Work
- Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume 1 edited by Marie Hodgkinson, Paper Road Press
Best Professional Artwork
- Cover for Dragon Pearl created by Vivienne To
Best Professional Production/Publication
- Swords: The Webcomic by Matthew Willis
Best Dramatic Presentation
- Doctor Who: “The Elysian Blade” by David Bishop, BBC Audio
Best Fan Artwork
- Deet by Laya Rose
Best Fan Production/ Publication
- Plant Life by Laya Rose
Best Fan Writing
- “SITREP” by Alex Lindsay, A monthly column in Phoenixine
Best New Talent
- Sascha Stronach
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.