The Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists for 2017 have been announced, and it’s a fantastic line-up of top quality people and works.
I’m excited to see my partner in darkness, Lee Murray, is in the running for Best Novel with her Taine McKenna adventure, Into the Mist, and also to see her many contributions to the writing and fan community recognised with her being up for the Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror category. Lee pours a huge amount of time and effort into promoting Kiwi speculative fiction and supporting writers and writing organisations. Congratulations and best of luck, Lee!
For my part, I’m excited to have two novellas competing in this category, a format which is becoming increasingly popular and harder-contested with changes in the publishing world. My two finalist works are Spindle, a dark SF story published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and the Australian Shadows Paul Haines Long Fiction Award-winning Tipuna Tapu.
Also, At The Edge (Paper Road Press, 2016), co-edited with Lee Murray, is up for Best Collected Work, and several of the stories from the anthology are also up for Best Short Story. Congratulations to AJ Fitzwater, Eileen Mueller, Alicia Ponder and Michelle Child for their contributions!
So, fingers crossed, and best of luck to all the finalists!
To vote in the SJVs, you need to either be a member of SFFANZ, or a paid member of LexiCon, this year’s Science Fiction and Fantasy National Convention. Eligible voters will be able to download a voters pack including the majority of the finalist works.