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SpecFicNewZ February 2018

SpecFicNewZ for Feburary, 2018.

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, we’d love to celebrate it with you. Please drop us a line at specficnz@gmail.com

 Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

We’re delighted to announce that our members’ showcase anthology, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is now available for pre-order, including gorgeous cover art by Eve Doyle, a foreword by best loved New Zealand fantasy author Juliet Mariller, and stories, poems, and interior art by our members.

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities… | Read More...

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Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

Group photo of SJV winners in Taupo

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards were presented this weekend at LexiCon in Taupo.

Full List of Winners:

Best Novel:
Into the Mist, Lee Murray (Cohesion Press)

Best Youth Novel:
Light in My Dark, Jean Gilbert and William Dresden (Rogue House Publishing)

Best Novella / Novelette:
The Convergence of Fairy Tales, Octavia Cade (Book Smugglers)

Best Short Story:
“Splintr”, A.J. Fitzwater, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)

Best Collected Work:
At the Edge, Edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press) | Read More...

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Awards SFFANZ 

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open!

Via SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand:

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 31 March 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.

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 Award, can be found here. | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ Writers Well-Represented at Recent Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

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At the recent National Science Fiction Convention (Au Contraire 3) held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

SFFANZ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) President, Norman Cates, prior to announcing the awards, commented that SFFANZ was “delighted with the level of participation and interest in the awards from an impressively wide variety of people.” | Read More...

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Au Contraire III Short Story Award Results

Given the short submission window, Dan and I were delighted with the response to this speculative writing competition, receiving 37 entries of an extremely high quality. The stories were wide-ranging in theme and style, although there was a definite nod to science fiction, world-building, and stories with darker aspects. Exactly the kinds of stories we like! While it made for a weekend of excellent reading, it also made it especially hard for us to whittle the list down to just six finalists. Those shortlisted stories were forwarded to Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted writer, Phillip Mann, who had the difficult task of making the final decision. | Read More...

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Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award Results Announced!

The winners of the Au Contraire III Short Story Award, convened by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray and judged by Phillip Mann, have been announced. Congratulations!

Winners of the Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award

1st       To the Centre of the Earth, by Robinne Weiss

2nd      The Wasp-keeper’s Mother, by Andi Buchanan

3rd       Tane Mahuta, by AJ Fitzwater

Highly commended (in no particular order):

And Time, by Summer Wigmore

Keepsake, by Anna Smith

The Seven Wonders of the World Hotel, by Jane Percival | Read More...

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2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees Announced

SFFANZ has announced the nominees for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Best Novel
Ardus, Jean Gilbert (Rogue House Publishing)
Mariah’s Dream, Grace Bridges (Splashdown Books)
Vestiges of Flames, Lyn McConchie (Lethe Press USA)
Currents of Change, Darian Smith (Wooden Tiger Press)
Shards of Ice, Catherine Mede (Flying Kiwi Press)
Sun Touched, J.C. Hart (Etherhart Press)

Best Youth Novel
The Caretaker of Imagination, Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
Dragons Realm (You Say Which Way), Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factory)
Brave’s Journey, Jan Goldie (IFWG Publishing Australia)
Lucy’s Story: The End of the World, Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
Deadline Delivery, Peter Friend (Fairytale Factory) | Read More...

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Sir Julius Vogel Award 2015 Nominations Open

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards, administered by SFFANZ, are now open for nominations for speculative works published by New Zealanders in 2015. From SFFANZ:

Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 28th February 2016. 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 2015 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! | Read More...

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SJV Awards Celebration in Christchurch

On Saturday afternoon, the Christchurch writing and reading community gathered for an event, jointly hosted by SpecFicNZ and Fendalton Library, to celebrate our Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists and winners.

Beautiful Display set up by graphic designer Peter Fitzpatrick
Beautiful display set up by graphic designer Peter Fitzpatrick greeted guests on their way in
Beaulah greets our guests
Beaulah opens the event with a warm welcome on behalf of SpecFicNZ and Christchurch City Libraries

The room was full, the catering was delicious, and energy was high as we settled into the proceedings for the afternoon. After a brief introduction, we launched into a lovely keynote speech by Helen Lowe about the importance of awards – more so now than ever, given the drop in support from major institutions over the last year. | Read More...

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Invitation to Sir Julius Vogel Event, Saturday 13 June

A very special event in Christchurch will be held on June 13th to celebrate winners and finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. For those interested, it will be held at the Fendalton Library, 1:30pm onwards. For details please see the invitation below, and RSVP by June 5th. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered by SFFANZ: http://sffanz.org.nz ; this event is organised by SpecFicNZ members and is not a SFFANZ event….

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Congratulations to our SJV winners!

Huge congratulations to our SpecFicNZ members whose works were winners of this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards! The SJVs recognise excellence in speculative fiction in Aotearoa and are named after the author of NZ’s first spec fic novel, Anno Domini 2000: A Woman’s Destiny (reviewed here).

Paul Mannering‘s book Engines of Empathy won Best Novel.

Juliet Marillier‘s book The Caller: Shadowfell won Best Youth Novel.

Lee Murray‘s story “Inside Fernade” won Best Short Story. | Read More...

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Sir Julius Vogel Award Shortlist Announced

Congratulations to all the nominees! From SFFANZ (more details at the link):

Best Novel

Dreamer’s PoolJuliet Marillier – Pan MacMillan

The Sovereign HandPaul Gilbert – Steam Press

Engines of EmpathyPaul Mannering – Paper Road Press

The Caves of KirymDerrin Attwood – Worldly Books

The Seventh FriendTim Stead

Onyx JavelinSteve Wheeler – HarperCollins, Australia

Best Youth Novel

The Caller: ShadowfellJuliet Marillier – Pan Macmillan

TantamountThomas J. Radford – Tyche Books | Read More...

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Share your recommendations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Now that nominations are open for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards, we thought it would be great to get recommendations for your favourite eligible Kiwi works.

Head over to the SJV Recommendation group, and post your favourite novels, novellas, short stories, collections and related works for other members to check out. Feel free to post about your own eligible works there as well. Information about eligibility is at the SFFANZ site.

And don’t forget to nominate your favourites. Information about how to nominate is over at SFFANZ. | Read More...

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Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominations Open

From SFFANZ:

Nominations for the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 31st January 2015. 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 2014 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. | Read More...

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