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Final Reminder – Sir Julius Vogel Awards Voting

Voting in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards closes at 8pm* Monday 31st May. If you haven’t already sent your vote in, now is the time. Do that last minute check to ensure you have voted in all the categories you want to (you don’t have to vote in all of them. Make sure you have filled in the identity fields on the form – ballots that don’t clearly have these verification fields will not be counted. And yes, they are checked.

Your ballot has to reach the organisers by the time above, so if you are posting your ballot, you probably should have sent it by now. It you get it in before the fist mail collection on Friday you might make it – but then again maybe not. Perhaps best to email.

*Well yes, obviously that is 8pm New Zealand Standard Time (UMT+12)

Voting is open for the SJV awards (plus Voters Pack)

Voting is now open for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Voting closes on 31st May 2021. All the information or links to it can be found on the Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists announcement. However, we have included some key links for you below…

This is the link to the voting form pdf download. Note that the behaviour of this link will vary according to the way your browser has been set up. For example, if you get a blank page, it may be that the pdf file is already in your download directory.

The voting form pdf contains instructions on how to fill out the form. You can edit it directly on your device or print the form and fill it in manually. You can fill the ballot form in electronically and email it to us at sjv-awards@sffanz.nz, or print it and mail it to: SJV Votes, P.O. Box 13-574, Johnsonville, Wellington.

We know many of you have been waiting for the SJV Voters Packet containing samples of the nominated works. It is now available – read the instructions here.

In previous years, you could vote or get the voters packet if you were a member of the national convention (you will find mention of that in some of the links). However there is no such convention this year, so the only way to partake is to be a member of SFFANZ. Have a read of the joining instructions or read our previous post, but ignore any stuff about paying by cheque – that option is about to cease to exist.

Information about the award ceremony will be available shortly.

2021 Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists announced

SFFANZ is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Congratulations to all our finalists.

Ordinarily, voting for the awards would occur at our national convention, but as there is no national convention this year, voting will be conducted via email and post. Voting will open on May 1 and close on May 31. Details of the presentation ceremony will be released in due course. Please note that you must be a member of SFFANZ to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards this year.

All Finalists have been asked to provide links either to their works or, if this is not possible, to descriptions or reviews. We have included all the links that we have received so far. We will continue to update the finalists page as more information is made available to us.

We expect to have a voter packet of eligible works available before voting opens.

The Next NZ Natcon?

Now that CoNZealand is behind us and (hopefully) everyone’s got their breath back, SFFANZ would like to make a final call for bids for a 2021 natcon. If you or someone you know is interested in organising one, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the end of December.

SFFANZ is also making its own enquiries about a possible single-day event and will proceed with that plan in the absence of any more persuasive bids.

And just so you know, bidding for 2022 is also currently in play. So if that is your target, please let us know.

SJV Voter Packet Reissue

If you missed out on the Sir Julius Vogel Award voting packet the first time, SFFANZ and CoNZealand are pleased to announce that it is now available again to eligible voters (i.e. members of CoNZealand). This time you can access it from the CoNZealand Members’ website. It is available until mid September. Access it here: https://members.conzealand.nz. Once you have logged in, look for a link to the Sir Julius Vogel Packet on the left side of the screen.

This download of materials from Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists is supplied free of charge as a courtesy by the creators and publishers of works that were nominated for the awards. We are deeply appreciative of the artists, authors, editors, publishers, and other creators who have generously provided their works to this year’s packet. We ask that you honour their request that you reserve these copies for your personal use only, and that you do not share these works with non-members of CoNZealand.

Not all of the finalists have provided work for this packet, and some work that was in the original Sir Julius Vogel Award packet does not appear here. Only work that the finalist or their publisher has agreed to make available is included. SFFANZ and CoNZealand completely supports creators being paid for their work, and encourages everyone to support creators financially. If you enjoy a work you find here, please consider purchasing it or another work by the same creator.

If you have any problems with the packet, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. Happy reading everyone.

SJV Award Statement

The following is a statement from John Toon, President of SFFANZ….

As President of SFFANZ, I would like to thank all those who worked on and attended the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ceremony in Wellington on Sunday 26 July. The credit for organising this event belongs to Lynelle Howell, Kelly Buehler, Mel Duncan and many others. Thanks also to Lynelle and Jan Butterworth for all their work administering the SJVs.

However, I acknowledge that the editing of the footage of the ceremony as broadcast during CoNZealand could have been better. Most egregiously, Sascha Stronach’s acceptance speech for the award for Best Novel was cut off mid-sentence, and this was not acceptable. I personally apologise to Sascha.

In addition, five of this year’s winners – Gareth Ward, Matthew Willis, David Bishop, Alex Lindsay and Grace Bridges – were unable to attend the ceremony in person or remotely, and did not nominate anyone to collect the trophy on their behalf. The co-presenters acknowledged this during the ceremony and promised to send the trophies to the winners. This information was edited out of the broadcast programme, which could have led viewers to believe that some of the winners had been snubbed. I personally apologise to these five winners.

I also note that many have objected to the juxtaposition of the SJV Awards with the Retro Hugo Awards in CoNZealand’s schedule. SFFANZ understood and accepted the reasoning behind this decision but I accept that, in hindsight, the outcome was not the showcase for and celebration of contemporary New Zealand SFF and fandom that we had hoped it would be.

Lastly, I note that some members of CoNZealand were unaware of the availability of the SJV voter packet during the voting period, and that some nominees and members have asked for it to be made available again to promote awareness of contemporary New Zealand SFF. SFFANZ has contacted all finalists to ask their permission to make their nominated material available again to CoNZealand members, where material was provided. The contents of the reissued SJV packet will, of course, be subject to the agreement of those finalists who consent to participate. CoNZealand has kindly agreed to host the reissued SJV packet via the Hugo Awards voter packet system, and will be contacting CoNZealand members with the relevant details.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards – 2020 Result Announcement

Official SFFANZ press release follows…

Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror 2020 Results Announced

The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented.

The Awards recognise excellence and achievement by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

Voting was open to members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) and members of CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention voting was open to members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) and the convention.

The ceremony was held in person in Wellington on July 26, and streamed as part of CoNZealand’s programme.

SFFANZ president John Toon said “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to showcase some of the best contemporary New Zealand science fiction and fantasy, and especially so this year, with the eyes of international fandom on us. On behalf of SFFANZ, hearty congratulations to all this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award winners and nominees.”

SFFANZ would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees and look forward to honouring more of New Zealand’s talent in 2021.

For further information, please contact press@sffanz.org.nz

A full list of winners is appended.

Professional Awards Section

Best Novel – Adult
The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach (Little Hook Press)

Best Novel – Young Adult
The Clockill and the Thief by Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)

Best Short Story
“A Shriek Across The Sky” by Casey Lucas
(Sponge Magazine)

Best Novella/Novelette
From A Shadow Grave by Andi C Buchanan
(Paper Road Press)

Best Collected Work
Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol 1
Edited by Marie Hodgkinson
(Paper Road Press)

Best Professional Artwork
Vivienne To – Cover of Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee
(Rick Riordan Presents)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Dr Who: The Elysian Blade
David Bishop

Best Professional Publication
Swords: The Webcomic
Matthew Wills

Fan Awards Section

Best Fan Production /Publication
Plant Life
Laya Rose

Best Fan Writing
“Sitrep”
Alex Lindsay

Best Fan Artwork
Deet
Laya Rose

Special Awards

Best New Talent
Sascha Stronach

Services to Fandom
Grace Bridges

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Melanie Harding-Shaw

Congratulations to all our finalists for being nominated and all our winners!

Confirmed Time for SFFANZ Business Meeting

Anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ business meeting must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of annual membership is still $10. Because the meeting will be virtual, it will not be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash at the start of the meeting (obviously), so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking – preferably well before CoNZealand starts. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions. Pretty much all this money goes to running the Sir Julius Vogel awards, so by joining, you are supporting those awards.

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held at 2pm – 4pm Thursday 30 July (NZT) during CoNZealand.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to paid-up members very soon, so make sure SFFANZ has your correct email contact information (and your membership fee of course).

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

SFFANZ Business Meeting Information

The following message has come from the SFFANZ Treasurer:

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held on Thursday 30 July during CoNZealand. The time is TBC, but is likely to be either 2pm or 8pm – if you strongly prefer either, you have a short window in which to indicate your preference on our Facebook page.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, not in person. The final date and time of the meeting will be confirmed via this page; instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to members.

Although the meeting will be open to members of CoNZealand who wish to observe it, anyone wishing to participate must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of a year’s membership is still $10. Because the meeting (and CoNZealand) will be virtual, it won’t be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash this year, so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions.

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Voting Now Open

The voting form for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available for download.

To vote in these New Zealand national SF/F/H awards, you must be a member of SFFANZ or the current NZ natcon – CoNZealand. Any member of either of these organisations may vote in the awards, you don’t need to be a local.

In order to evaluate works, a pack of examples and samples of nominated works may be downloaded by SFFANZ and CoNZealand members. Here are instructions for the Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2020

The Finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2020 have been announced – you can read the full list of finalists on the main SFFANZ web site. The finalists are for the 2019 calendar year.

Please note that you must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of CoNZealand to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards. Ballot counting takes place before CoNZealand. Email or post your votes to SFFANZ. If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 8pm, July 4th, 2020.

A postal/email voting form will be available shortly which will have the relevant email and postal addresses. In order to evaluate works, nominated works may be downloaded by SFFANZ and CoNZealand members. We will be gathering the works as fast as possible. In the mean time here are instructions for the Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet.

SFFANZ congratulates all the finalists and thanks everybody who made nominations.

The New Zealand National SF Convention for 2020 is…

ConZealand. With the prospect of New Zealand hosting the World SF Convention (Worldcon) in 2020, nobody has been prepared to put their hand up to organise a separate NZ national convention (natcon) in 2020. CoNZealand (the Worldcon in question) has generously stepped in and offered to host the key elements which are needed to constitute a natcon. This offer and the alternatives were discussed extensively at Geysercon and CoNZealand’s offer was accepted and ratified at the SFFANZ official bid session at Geysercon.

There are quite a number of consequences to this. We will try to spell out the key ones below:

  • If you are a member of CoNZealand, you are a member of the 78th worldcon and a member of the 41st NZ natcon. I.e. you are a member of both. There are no separate “natcon” memberships – no separate “worldcon” memberships either for that matter.
  • CoNZealand will host the three events which are required of a NZ natcon. I.e. The Sir Julius Vogel award ceremony, the SFFANZ AGM, the SFFANZ Bid session for the 2022 (and possibly 2021) natcons. All CoNZealand members will be able to attend these three events, but as is always the case only SFFANZ members will be able to vote at the AGM.
  • The Sir Julius Vogel award (SJV) nomination and voting process will all take place well before the commencement of CoNZealand. Only the announcement and presentation of the awards will take place at the ceremony. In other words, no voting at the convention – voting will be managed electronically.
  • This means that anybody who is a CoNZealand member at the time voting takes place is eligible to vote in the SJVs. SFFANZ members will, as always, be able to vote as well regardless of whether they are members of CoNZealand or not. This also means the voter packet will be available to all CoNZealand members – a great way to showcase local talent.
  • The three events (and only those three events) mentioned above will be able to be attended by eligible non-CoNZealand members. In practice this means SFFANZ members who are not members of CoNZealand can attend their events. SJV nominees may be able to attend the award ceremony as well – this hasn’t been confirmed yet. The final details of eligibility and mechanism are yet to be confirmed.

One final point. Nobody came forward at GeyserCon to run the 2021 NZ natcon either. If you are interested in putting together a bid, get on to it now and put your team together. Then get in touch with SFFANZ as soon as possible. They can organise an online bid session to get you accepted as the official natcon – that would be ratified at CoNZealand.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards which were announced Sunday night at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, in Rotorua. The SJVs, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders, were nominated and voted on by members of SFFANZ and Geysercon.

PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Best Novel
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)

Best Youth Novel
Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)

Best Novella / Novelette
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

Best Short Story
“Girls Who do not Drown” by A.C. Buchanan (Apex Magazine, December 2018)

Best Collected Work
Te Korero Ahi Ka, edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)

Best Professional Artwork
Cover for The Baker Thief by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)

Best Professional Production / Publication
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)

Best Dramatic Presentation
Wellington Paranormal, directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New Zealand Documentary Board)

FAN AWARD WINNERS

Best Fan Artwork
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose

Best Fan Production / Publication
Star Trek in the Park – The Trouble with Tribbles (Enterprise Entertainment)

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Best New Talent
Kura Carpenter (The Kingfisher’s Debt)

Voting now open for Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Members of GeyserCon and SFFANZ members are eligible to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards. You can, of course, vote at the convention or alternatively you can vote right away by submitting the electronic voting form. Instructions for using the electronic voting form can be found here on the SFFANZ web site.

At this point, you may be thinking “but how do I know who to vote for?”. The answer is simple – have a look at the SJV Packet – it contains examples and samples of the award nominated work. This material is kindly provided by the nominees and only available to eligible voters. The instructions for accessing this packet can be found here.

A reminder that if you wish to join SFFANZ in order to vote, the instructions may be found here.

It’s Time to Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) – those same people who bring you the Sir Julius Vogel awards and this news service …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at GeyserCon, the 2019 NZ national SF/F convention, which takes place over the weekend of 31st May to 2nd June in Rotorua.

(* Paying members of Geysercon are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of those lovely, pointy SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is still only $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at GeyserCon

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists Announcement

SFFANZ would like to congratulate all the finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

  • The Finalists are for the 2018 calendar year.
  • You must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of GeyserCon to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards.
  • Ballot counting takes place at GeyserCon, so you can vote there. Alternatively, email or post your votes to SFFANZ.
  • If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 29th May, 2019. Close of voting at GeyserCon is at 12 noon, Sunday 2nd May 2019.
  • The awards will be presented at GeyserCon – check the programme for the time of the award ceremony.

Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at Conclave 3, the 2018 NZ convention, which takes place over the weekend of 30th March to 2nd April in Auckland.

(* Paying attendees at Conclave 3 are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Renewal for anyone who isn’t concerned about the SFFANZ AGM or the SJVs is less urgent, but please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of the beautiful SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is currently $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at Conclave

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz

Special offer for SFFANZ members

New Orbit Magazine is a speculative fiction periodical being published in New Zealand.
Based around the theme of “uncomfortable little futures”, it contains short stories and non-fiction commentary on science fiction, dystopia, and the rest.  It discusses the way the content within them relates to our present day world.
Launching in October, members of SFFANZ are offered a further discount to the presale price, and an ongoing $5NZD off every subscription.
Visit the website or  facebook.

Sir Julius Vogel Award winners – full list

The full official list of Sir Julius Vogel Award winners for 2017 is available on the SFFANZ web site. These awards were presented at Lexicon last night. Congratulations to the winners and to everybody involved,

SFFANZ Membership

SFFANZ is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Membership dues for SFFANZ are now due by the AGM – set down to happen on 4 Jun during Lexicon. Amongst other benefits, current members of SFFANZ are able to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards even if they are not members of Lexicon (but be quick, you only have until 8pm Tuesday for email votes).

Memberships will be taken at Lexicon, however if you are not attending and wish to (re)join SFFANZ, the details for joining are to be found here.