The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) is pleased to announce nominations for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open and nominations are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 11.59 pm NZT on 31st March 2020. 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 2019 calendar year.
The voting will occur in May, with votes only being accepted if they are sent in electronically or physically. The awards will be presented at CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Wellington 29th July-02 August 2020.
A nomination made by a SFFANZ member carries a weight of two nominations, where non-members’ nominations carry a weight of one.
Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.
Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, fill out the web-based nomination form here.
Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.
Rotorua is ready for us! Our presenters and panellists are locked in, the costumes are being primped and the geysers are bubbling.
With only 29 days until GeyserCon kick-off, we’d like to remind you to register for the conference here before the late registration fee kicks in. Everyone who registers and pays for their tickets before midnight 12 May, goes in the draw to win a refund on their membership or a fantasy book pack.
The fantasy book pack includes the two award-winning books from the Riders of Fire series by Eileen Mueller, two books in the Quest series by SJV-winning author A.J. Ponder, both sponsored by Phantom Feather Press, and At the Edge, a compilation of Australasian dark fiction edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, sponsored by Paper Road Press.
Feel free to share GeyserCon by bringing along a friend. You never know, they may win their registration fee back or end up owning and loving these top kiwi books. We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend
Congraulations to Bren MacDibble -a New Zealand author who has lived in Australia for two decades – for winning two categories with two different books in the same year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
MacDibble’s How to Bee, which won the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, describes a dystopian future without bees where children perform the essential task of pollination. Judges said it was a tale to fire young readers with awareness and courage for the future.
They also heaped praise on In the Dark Spaces, written under the pseudonym Cally Black, which saw MacDibble claim the Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction. Judges said it was a high-concept science fiction novel and an impressive tale of world class calibre.
The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.
When: Saturday 31 March @ 9pm
Where: The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)
Cover charge: $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26 March
Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!
** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue. We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!
The Sir Julius Vogel Award sub-committee is pleased to announce finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards
The awards will be presented at Conclave3, to be held over Easter weekend this year.
A full list of nominated works will be available on our website shortly.
Conclave 3 Writing Workshop
with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler
There will be two rooms
Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop
Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..
Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;
How to Write
How to Create the Perfect Pitch
Friday 30 March 10am-3pm
The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch
Registered Conclave 3 members – free
Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s
Register at email@example.com
Registration essential as places limited
Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops
Made by a Palmerston North 14 year old and his friends, the series has taken a year of filming, endured braces on and off, different hairstyles, and growth spurts.
It’s an all-kid affair with adult involvement minimal and closely supervised. Special effects are old school, with 3D printed Tripods, material/cardboard green screens and clay feet.