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Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards closing soon!

Get busy and make a nomination before it is too late!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards will close in twol weeks – at 8.00 pm on 31 March 2017. The awards recognise excellence 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.

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

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Remember; all nominations from SFFANZ members count as two nominations, while those from non-members count as one.  Join SFFANZ here.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a non-exhaustive list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.


Horror at Auckland Arts Festival next March

The Auckland Arts Festival are delighted to be presenting an amazing spine-chilling theatre work called Horror at the next Festival next March.

Horror pays homage to the classic horror movies like The Exorcist and Evil Dead, and uses mime, illusion and amazing special effects (lots of blood splatter and crawling dismembered hands etc) in a show that is both gruesome and scary, but also a bit funny.

The event listing in the Festival programme can be found here and includes a video trailer which gives you a good idea of the show.

The Facebook event page is here.

And both places give exact dates, ticket prices, booking info etc.  Group bookings start at only 6 people, so it would make a great outing for a bunch of horror fans, or Christmas presents for any hard-to-buy-for teens or anything….


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.

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


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


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.


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

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3


  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).



Kiwi Winners of the Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and  judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance – of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

The awards for works published in the 2013 calendar year have been announced – you can see the full results over at Dark Wolf Reviews.

Of particular interest are the following two awards which have been won by New Zealand writers:

“Caterpillars” by Debbie Cowens (Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Paper Road Press)

“Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror” edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press)

Congratulations to Debbie, Dan and Lee for becoming so good that the Aussies are trying to claim you.

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror launch

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, an anthology of short horror fiction edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray and published by Paper Road Press is due for release this Wednesday.

The launch is at Quality Hotel on Cuba, from 5.30pm – All welcome!

TOC for Baby Teeth is as follows:

1 – Caterpillars by Debbie Cowens

2 – White by Grant Stone

3 – Burying Baby by Paul Mannering

4 – People Pleaser by Darusha Wehm

5 – Con Somma Passione  by Lee Murray

6 – Giant by Jack Newhouse

7 – Winter Feast by Elizabeth Gatens

8 – What’s the Story, Mother? by Lewis Morgan

9 – Blond Obsession by Jean Gilbert

10 – Simon Says by Matthew Sanborn Smith

11 – Tarantella Moon by Dan Rabarts

12 – Backyard Gardening by Jake Bible

13 – Because I Could… by Celine Murray

14 – End of the Rainbow by Jenni Sands

15 – Kiss your Mother by Alan Lindsay

16 – Practice makes Perfect by Sally McLennan

17 – Blood Sisters by Matt Cowens

18 – Windows by M. Darusha Wehm

19 – Dad’s Wisdom by Eileen Mueller

20 – Recession by Darian Smith

21 – Paper Butterfly  by Alan Lindsay

22 – The Skulkybunking Wurld Champyon Of The Hole Woorld by Paul Mannering

23 – Teach Your Children Well by Lee Murray

24 – The Character of 82 James St by Anna Caro

25 – Love Hurts by Jan Goldie

26 – Dark Night by Jenni Sands

27 – Friends by Alicia Ponder

28 – Shadowed Halls  by Michael J Parry

29 – If They Hadn’t Landed So Close by Matt Cowens

30 – All the Ghosts by Dan Rabarts

31 – The Boy with Anime Eyes by Kevin G. Maclean

32 – The Oracle of Karawa by Paul Mannering

33 – Lockdown by Piper Mejia

34 – The Birthday Present by Sally McLennan

35 – Peter and the Wolf by Lee Murray

36 – How They See You by Morgan Davie

37 – The Dead Way by JC Hart

All authors except Jake Bible and Matthew Sanborn Smith are New Zealand authors.