New Zealand’s SJV Awards 2020 Nominations – the Clock is Ticking!
Nominations still open for the SJV Awards
With just 12 days left, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) top award for science fiction, fantasy and horror is still open for nominations for works published in 2020. The 2021 Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) award is open until 11:59pm, 31st March, 2021.
Who was Vogel?
Sir Julius Vogel was a former premier of New Zealand, who went on to write what is regarded as that country’s first science-fiction novel. This book, Anno Domini: or Woman’s Destiny, appeared in 1889 and it story evolves around a utopian society where women achieved some of the highest offices in the land.
It is available free to read here.
Who is Eligible and who can Nominate?
The awards are open to New Zealanders and New Zealand residents who have written a work in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres and which was published or released in 2020.
Categories for nomination are:
Best Youth Novel
Best Novella or Novellette
Best Short Story
Best Collected Work
Best Dramatic Representation
Best New Talent
Best Fan Writing
Best Fan Artwork
Best Fan Production/Publication
Services to Fandom
Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror
So far there have been over 600 nominations!
And While You’re Waiting on Announcements, Check Out the 2020 SJV winners:
Best Novel: The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach, pub. Little Hook Press
Best Youth Novel: The Clockhill and the Thief by Gareth Ward, pub. Walker Books Australia
Best Novella/Novellette: From a Shadow Grave by Andi C. Buchanan, pub. Paper Road Press
Best Short Story: A Shriek Across the Sky by Casey Lucas, Sponge Magazine. (Free read)
Best Collected Work: Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: volume 1, ed. Marie Hodgkinson, pub. Paper Road Press
Best Professional Artwork: cover for Dragon Pearl created by Vivienne To
Best Professional Production/Publication: Swords: The Webcomic by Matthew Willis, https://swordscomic.com/comic/CCCLVIII/
Best Dramatic Representation: Dr Who: The Elysian Blade, David Bishop, BBC Audio
Best Fan Artwork: Deet by Laya Rose
Best Fan Publication/Production: Plant Life by Laya Rose
Best Fan Writing: “SITREP” by Alex Lindsay, a monthly column in Phoenixine
Special Award Nominees 2020:
Best New Talent: Sascha Stronach
Services to Fandom: Grace Bridges
Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Melanie Harding-Shaw.
We’ll bring you an update as soon as we can.
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Stephanie Ellis writes dark speculative prose and poetry and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her longer work includes the folk horror novels, The Five Turns of the Wheel, Reborn, and The Woodcutter, and the novellas, Bottled and Paused (all via Brigids Gate Press). Her dark poetry has been published in her collections Lilith Rising (co-authored with Shane Douglas Keene), Foundlings (co-authored with Cindy O’Quinn) and Metallurgy, as well as the HWA Poetry Showcase Volumes VI, VII, VIII, and IX and Black Spot Books Under Her Skin. She can be found supporting indie authors at HorrorTree.com via the weekly Indie Bookshelf Releases. She is an active member of the HWA and can be found at https://stephanieellis.org and on Blue Sky as stephellis.bsky.social.