SJV Nominations Close in One Week

The nomination period for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards will close at 8.00 pm on 30 March 2019. That is just one week away, so please get your nominations in now.

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The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2018 calendar year. Full information about the awards, including links to the rules and other guidelines for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.

The awards use a web-based nomination system. You can find the web form here. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

The awards will be presented at Geysercon – the 2019 National SF&F Convention.

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The Geysercon Book Expo

This year, Geysercon are trying something different for book sales. Usually at a national SF convention, authors who wish to sell their own work at the convention would have had either a dealers room or a floating market where they would sell the work themselves. But Geysercon in conjunction with Atlantis Books of Rotorua are going to run a store where they will sell the books (and possibly other stuff) on your behalf. Registration for this service is now open – fill out the form to get your works in the store.

Registration for the book store closes Fri 17th May. You must be some level of Geysercon member to take advantage of this service. Lower cost non-attending memberships are available.

Awardwatch:Aurealis Awards

The 2018 Aurealis Awards finalists have been announced. While these awards are for Australians, it isn’t uncommon to see Aussie based Kiwis on the ballot and it is no different this year. Look for Juliet Marillier and Simon Petrie in the finalists. We have probably missed one or two others – let us know in the comments who else qualifies for us to claim.

The Sara Douglass Book Series Award is also part of the Aurealis package. Juliet Marillier is also in the 2018 finalists for that award.

But while checking out the Aurealis award, keep an eye out for the names Kaaron Warren and Alan Baxter – they both appear more than once. Why is this significant? Because both are guests of honour at Geysercon at QB weekend this year in Rotorua.

Awardwatch : Bram Stoker Awards

Another kiwi in a major awards shortlist. This time it is the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards and the author in question is Lee Murray. And not just one shortlisting, but two! Lee has made the finals in the short fiction and the anthology categories.

Congratulations to Lee and all the Bram Stoker finalists.

Awardwatch : The Nebulas

Here at SFFANZ News, we like to keep an eye out for locals who make the finals for major awards, and there aren’t many more major than the Nebulas. If you look down the finalist list for the just announced 2018 awards, you will see the name M. Darusha Wehm in the Game Writing category. Darusha is originally from Canada but now lives in Wellington and takes part in local writing and fan activities – so properly local then!

Congratulations to Darusha and all the Nebula finalists.

Reminder – Vote in the GUFF Race

A reminder that voting is still open for the 2019 GUFF race to send an Australian or New Zealand fan to Worldcon in Dublin. This year the race is between three candidates – two of them Kiwis. This is a big deal for NZ fandom – there has never been even one Kiwi nominee before. The candidates are:
Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
Simon Litten (New Zealand)
Nicole Murphy (Australia).

Anybody in SF fandom can vote, That means YOU CAN VOTE- just subscribing to this news feed should pretty much make you an eligible fan.

The link to the voting page is http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=127
Voting closes on 22nd April, 2019. Please get your votes in now (y’know – before you forget).

The form contains a short info statement from each candidate. For more information about the candidates, check out this set of interviews by Marcin Klak. Marcin is from Poland and is the current GUFF European administrator – he was a very welcome visitor to our shores last year.

Just what is GUFF anyway?
GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and get to know each other’s fandoms better. In other words, it is a way to extend the ties of the fan community around the world. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert comes to New Zealand in 2019! This classic film will be accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, bringing John Williams’ Oscar-winning score to life.

Performances are in late April/early May – check the above link for details.