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Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominations - 2014

Following are the nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2014. The nominees are for the 2013 calendar year.

Please note that you must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of ConClave 2 to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards. Ballot counting takes place at ConClave 2, so you can vote there, email or post your votes to SFFANZ. If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 10th April 2014. In all other cases, they must reach us by the close of voting at ConClave 2 at 12 noon, Saturday 26th April 2014.

If you choose to email or post your votes, then please go to this page.

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

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel Heartwood
Freya Robertson
Angry Robot Ltd


Journey of Shadows
Sam J. Charlton


A Cold Day in Hell
Sharon Hannaford


Night's Favour
Richard Parry


Crystal Venom
Steve Wheeler
HarperVoyager Imprint of Harper Collins


The Wind City
Summer Wigmore
Steam Press


Best Youth Novel

Talisman of Vim
Robert Wainwright
Makaro Press


Pratibhashali (The Talented)
Sanjay Joshi
Silver Leaf Publishing, an imprint of Himilaya Publishing House


Raven Flight
Juliet Marillier
Pan Macmillan


Fountain of Forever
K. D. Berry
Bluewood Publishing


When We Wake
Karen Healey
Little Brown


Best Novella Cave Fever
Lee Murray
Published in Regeneration by Random Static


Wings, Fangs and Shadows
Cindy Hargreaves


In a world full of birds
I. K. Paterson-Harkness
Published in Regeneration by Random Static

This Other World
Anna Caro
Crossed Genres


At the Bay of Cthulu
Matt and Debbie Cowens


Best Short Story

Waking the Taniwha
Dan Rabarts
Wiley Writers website


“Ahi Ka
Eileen Mueller and Alicia Ponder
NorthWrite 2013 website


All that Glitters
Dan Rabarts
in Ministry Protocol – Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurances
Imagine That Studios


“Love Hurts”
Jan Goldie
in Baby Teeth
Paper Road Press


“By Bone-Light”
Juliet Marillier
in Prickle Moon
Ticonderoga Productions


Piper Mejia
in Baby Teeth
Paper Road Press


Best Collected Work Beyond This Age
Lee Murray/Piper Mejia (eds)


Baby Teeth
Dan Rabarts/Lee Murray (eds)
Paper Road Press


Twisty Christmas Tales
Eileen Mueller/Alicia Ponder/Peter Friend
Phantom Feather Press


Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2
Anna Caro & Juliet Buchanan (eds)
Random Static


Prickle Moon
Juliet Marillier
Ticonderoga Publications


Best Professional Artwork

Cover of Beyond This Age
Samara Kirkham


Cover of Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2
Emma Weakley
Random Static


Best Professional Production/Publication The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Creatures and Characters
Daniel Falconer


Craig Potton Publishing


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Art and Design
Daniel Falconer


   Best Dramatic Presentation

The Almighty Johnsons (Season 3)
South Pacific Films
Created By:
    James Griffin
    Rachel Lang
    Mark Besley
Executive Producers:
    James Griffin
    Chris Bailey
    Kelly Martin
    John Barnett


Written, Directed and Produced by Alex Galvin
Eternity Productions



Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production / Publication Novazine
Jacqui Smith


Filking concert at Au Contraire 2013
Murderous Little Toys
(Daphne Lawless, Alastair Gibson, Tanya Gardner, Tricia Hall)


Angels in the Fog
Live-Action Role-Playing Game created by Russ Kale.


John & Lynelle Howell


Best Fan Artwork “Gorgth Goes Shopping” by Matt Cowens
Au Contraire 2013 convention book


Best Fan Writing



(Nominations are numbered because otherwise
the text of the descriptions of each nominee may
make it hard to determine where each entry begins
and ends -- the number has no other significance).

1. Alan Parker

“Presidential Address”


2. Steve Litten

“ Broderick Wells”


3. Alan Robson and Jane Lindskold

Thursday Tangents

The tangents that are eligible for nomination for the 2014 award are numbers 84 to 119. However not all the articles within that range are eligible. Tangents 89, 90, 95, 96 and 114 do not concern themselves with SF/Fantasy/Horror and are not eligible for consideration.

From 29/11/2012 until 5/9/13 Alan Robson and Jane Lindskold collaborated on a series of dialogues known as the Thursday Tangents which (with occasional forays into other areas) attempted to define various aspects of SF, Fantasy and Horror. Along the way they speculated about mythological, literary and scientific influences on the genres. Partly this was an attempt to define the terms that govern the genres, partly it was a genuine effort to understand the formative influences that created the genres and partly it was an attempt to create a definitive reading list. At the very least, these dialogues are a valuable insight into how the spectrum of Fantasy, SF and Horror came to be and how it can be viewed. And at the very most, they are a starting point for speculation and discussion. As such, they deserve to be recognised.

So I would like to nominate these dialogues for a Sir Julius Vogel Award for best Fan Writing (2013).


4. Lynelle Howell

“ Presidental Sweet” / “DuhVice”


5. Sam J. Charlton

The Witch of Angmar


6. Jacqui Smith

Contributions in Novazine


   Best New Talent



(Nominations are numbered because otherwise
the text of the descriptions of each nominee may
make it hard to determine where each entry begins
and ends -- the number has no other significance).

1. Sharon Hannaford


2. Dan Rabarts

For publication of over a dozen short stories in the past 3 years for professional and semi-professional payment, for editing and producing the charity horror anthology Baby Teeth - Bite-sized Tales of Terror to benefit Duffy Books in Homes, and for producing fiction narrations for a range of speculative fiction podcasts and for the Baby Teeth audiobook.

Year of First Release 2011 (1 story publication), 2012 (2 story publications), 2013 (10 story publications), 2014 (3 stories scheduled for publication so far)

Dan’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Paper Road Press, Ticonderoga Publications, Beneath Ceaselss Skies, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Random Static, Dragon Moon Press, Aurealis Magazine, Wily Writers Audible Fiction, and more (see


3. Robert Wainright

Talisman of Vim was launched in December 2013 when the author was 16 years old. Edited by publishers Makaro Press and published under their imprint Submarine books. It has nearly sold out its print run of 150 books receiving very enthusiastic responses from readers, young and old alike, including the staff at the Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie and Rona Gallery & Bookshop in Eastbourne where it has been for sale. 'An exciting book that I have been recommending to teenage fantasy readers.' Joanna Ponder, Rona Gallery.

Blurb: When Leigelord Michael Marquesse steals the legendary Talisman of Vim, an artefact of immense unexplored power, an epic chase across the city of Valmort begins. Pursued by a mysterious hooded figure and a coterie of elite assassins, Michael discovers the Tomes of Creation, a demon unleashed and a jewel that transcends the confines of space.

Feedback by some readers:

"As a fan of fantasy novels from way back I was wondering how The Talisman of Vim would stack up against my favourites. Well, I'm pleased to say that it's way up there! It was full of suspense, easy to read and I loved Robert's way with the English language, his choice of words, a couple of which I had to look up in the dictionary to see if they really existed or were fun words made up by the author. Robert certainly has the skill of being able to paint a vivid picture for the reader using a few perfectly chosen words. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series". (Kay, adult reader)

" I give it an F..... for fantastic!" (Keiran 13 yrs old)
He describes things well and build up the characters well.I will remember the book because it is very original. I like the way he mixes modern technology with medieval magicy stuff.The book was extremely humorous and the jokes encouraged me to read on......the book was epic!!!! (Jacob, 10 yrs old)

Facebook page: Talisman of Vim


4. Angela Oliver

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to nominate Angela Oliver for the category of Best New Talent. Oliver broke into professional writing with the self-publication of her children's animal fantasy, Aroha's Great Adventure in 2011. This tale of a plucky little weka's journey across the Alps is also illustrated by Oliver.

She followed up this debut with A Midsummer Knight's Quest in 2012 and in 2013 she published the first volume of her epic animal fantasy, Lemur's Saga. Fellowship of the Ringtails is described as 'Game of Thrones with lemurs' and its sequel, A Tale of Two Scions, is due to be released next year. Both works are accompanied by author illustrations.

Oliver has made a significant contribution to New Zealand fantasy with her distinctive animal fantasies (all available for purchase on Amazon through CreateSpace), which are comparable to Philip Temple's Kea series, Brian Jacques's Redwall, and Richard Adams's Watership Down. Aroha's Grand Adventure is a fun and educational tribute to New Zealand flora and fauna as it takes readers on a journey across the modern-day South Island with its weka protagonist. A Midsummer Knight's Quest is less specifically placed in the world and focuses instead on developing relationships between traditional fantasy figures like goblins and brownies, and their animal and human friends and enemies. Fellowship of the Ringtails is an adult novel and this high fantasy, set in Madagascar and starring lemur characters, is well-researched and carefully imagined.

Angela Oliver Bibliography


5. R. L. Stedman

I am nominating Rachel L. Stedman for the Sir Julius Vogel award in the category of Best New Talent.

Ms Stedman is an up-and-coming talent who writes fantasy with a good dose of reality in it. I think this is a very important feature because I know I have stopped reading a book because it had become too far-fetched.

The other two positives is that she sources her characters from all over the world, along with their magic, so it is rather international in flavour. While set in the traditional European fantasy setting, it also steps outside it in a seamless fusion. The other thing is that her characters are well-adjusted, and getting on with the adventure at hand, making the primary reason for her work an entertaining fantasy read for an YA audience, but also good for a more grown-up audiences too.

Ms Stedman was the very deserving winner of the 2012 Tessa Duder award. This award is for "the author of a work of fiction for young adults aged 13 and above. The writer, who must be a New Zealand resident, must not have had a trade book for children or young adults previously published, nor have one in the process of publication". The winning manuscript was published in 2013 by HarperCollins New Zealand as A Necklace of Souls, a YA book I enjoyed reading.


Services To Fandom The League of Victorian Imagineers

While many people would have been involved in this over the years that it took streampunk in NZ and the steampunk artwork in Oamaru to evolve to what it is today, their contribution is the most well-known across NZ due to the steampunk conventions that are now occurring across New Zealand. The conventions along with the festivals, exhibitions and fashion parades have done a lot to highlight the steampunk movement in New Zealand, and Oamaru in particular.

There have been a few genre authors from overseas who have visited New Zealand and Oamaru in particular, who have noted the steampunk attractions on their public websites. Included on this list is Walter Jon Williams who visited NZ in 2012.

And Jay Lake who visited here in 2013

Oamaru is even mentioned in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide and the AA magazine for its steampunk attractions. Lonely Planet and the AA are not genre publications, so it is a strong indication that Oamaru is now well-known as the steampunk capital of NZ.

Why Oamaru as the Steampunk Capital of NZ? According to the Steampunk NZ website here is the short history with the most important snippet here:

"Anything can be influenced by Steampunk. Literature, art, music, film, fashion, technology, invention, war, jewellery, sculpture and transport. This exhibition, “Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be”, brings a flavour of the the steampunk culture to Oamaru. Here, we celebrate our Victorian heritage every year. With authentic architecture, an original harbour and  a core of committed enthusiasts, it is a natural backdrop for this genre. We have in our community a large number of incredibly creative and talented people, some of whom have contributed to this, the first, Steampunk exhibition".


Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror



(Nominations are numbered because otherwise
the text of the descriptions of each nominee may
make it hard to determine where each entry begins
and ends -- the number has no other significance).

1. Helen Lowe

Helen has reached out to make sure that Australasian writers are seen by the rest of the world. She has used her blog and her space in SF Signal and her presence at events to inform the world and has done it with grace and good humour. Unlike many writers, she doesn’t just focus on new work or known authors, but gives space to writers who otherwise would not be seen and for work that is beginning to go unnoticed. This is just one of the ways in which she supports SF, fantasy and horror. She has done this despite being affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. It has made a big difference to a number of people in the field, particularly in this time of publishing uncertainty.


2. HarperCollins NZ

I nominate the publishers HarperCollins NZ for its services to science fiction, fantasy and horror in New Zealand.

HarperCollins has supported the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand since 2009 by making available books for review and through its own publicity for the Sir Julius Vogel awards.

HarperCollins NZ has acted as the conduit to enable the international publication of books celebrating and detailing the development of films made in New Zealand by Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, and the films of Sir Peter Jackson.

HarperCollins NZ has also been a strong supporter of New Zealand authors, publishing the likes of David Hair, Russell Kirkpatrick and Mary Victoria (to name but a few).


Note: Nominees are presented in randomised order.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror By New Zealanders.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given for work By fans and professionals that was undertaken, completed or released in the year prior to voting. This year the works being voted on are from 2013. They are voted on By New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered By SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

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