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Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards opening soon!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 January 2017. 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 2016 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

LexiCon now open for registrations!

It’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.

“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie.

Student/unwaged, general and solidarity memberships are available.

“We have membership options available to suit a range of situations,” says Cassie “but we ask that attendees remember this is a fan run convention and every dollar they invest will go towards making it the best it can be.”

Further details and Guest of Honour will be announced in June.

“We have an exciting International Guest of Honour booked to come to New Zealand and all will be revealed very soon,” says Cassie. “Keep checking the website and Facebook page for details.”

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend), and we hope to see you there!

Visit www.lexicon.cons.nz to register and sign up for updates. You can also check out www.facebook.com/lexiCONvention or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

 

Press Contact:

Jan Goldie  – media@lexicon.cons.nz or 027 5759881

 

Sir Terry Pratchett’s classic WYRD SISTERS onstage

Titirangi Theatre, Auckland
8 – 19th March 2016

Tickets  from  $10.00

“Alle Thee Dysk’s a Stage”

Sir Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there—a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril.

And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, selfopinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

Check out the website to buy tickets

Submissions now open for 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Judge:

Phillip Mann

Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.

Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.

Prize:

NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3

Details:

  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
  7. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
  8. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.

 

**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).

 

 

MIDAMERICON II ANNOUNCES HUGO NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN

Kansas City, Missouri, USA – MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is delighted to announce that the 2016 Hugo Award and 1941 Retro Hugo Award nomination period is now open.

Nomination ballots will be accepted from January 28, 2016, to Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT for the prestigious Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Members of MidAmeriCon II and Worldcon 75 (the 2017 Worldcon) who joined by January 31, 2016, and all members of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, are invited to submit nominating ballots.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot, is available from http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/. Nominations may be submitted by postal mail or online.

For additional information, contact us at hugoadmin@midamericon2.org.

New Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore in Oamaru

A specialty Science Fiction & Fantasy bookstore is coming to Oamaru.   Check them out on facebook.

The shop also has a blog which reviews Science Fiction and Fantasy books every week and sometimes interviews authors.

Drop in on yor next visit to the Steampunk capital city!