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SJV Nominations Long List - 2019


This is the long list of all the eligible nominated works for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2019.

The nominations are for the 2018 calendar year.


Professional Categories


The Kingfisher's Debt, by Kura Carpenter (IFWG Publishing)

The Lost Swallow, by Jayne Castel (Kindle Direct Publishing)

I Only Killed Him Once, by Adam Christopher (Tor/Titan)

Tourist, by Saf Davidson

Prince of the Spear: The Sunsurge Quartet, Book 2, by David Hair (Jo Fletcher Books)

Engine of Lies, by Barbara Howe (IFWG Publishing)

Warrior's Touch, by Deb E. Howell (Grimbold Books)

The Lord of Stariel, by A.J. Lancaster (Camberion Press)

Restoration Day, by Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi)

Illiya, (Taylor Neeran Chronicles #1) by J.J. Matthews (Mouse Moon Press)

Incursion, (Taylor Neeran Chronicles #2) by J.J. Matthews (Mouse Moon Press)

Into the Sounds, by Lee Murray (Severed Press)

Into this Wild Abyss, by F.J. Newman (Atlantis Publishing)

Teeth of the Wolf, by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Pay Dirt, (Lost Falls Book 2) by Chris Underwood

The Voyage of the White Cloud, by M. Darusha Wehm (In Portentia Press)

Youth Novel

What Goes Up, by Wen Baragrey (Penguin)

Movie Mystery Madness, by Kevin Berry (Fairytale Factory)

Volcano City, by Grace Bridges (Splashdown Books)

When Gina Pressed Enter, by Elise De Silva (EDS Publishing)

The Clonestone, by Ali Foster (IFWG Publishing)

Leagcy, by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Press)

Flight of the Fantail, by Steph Matuku (Huia Press)

Whetu Toa and the Magician by Steph Matuku (Huia Press)

Blue Defender by Sean Monaghan (Triple V Publishing)

Ezaara, Riders of Fire, Book 1, by Eileen Mueller (Phantom Feather Press)

Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South, by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)

Quest, by A.J. Ponder (Phantom Feather Press)

Black and Mist by Thomas J. Radford (Tyche Books)

The Suburban Book of the Dead by Jamie Sands


Where the Sun Does Not Shine, by Paul Mannering (Adrenaline Press)

Skin Deep, by Violet Penrose (Griffon Press)

The Glassblower's Peace, by James Rowland (Published in Aurealis #114, September 2018)

The Martian Job, by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

Collected Work

The Fairies of Down Under and other Pākeha Fairy Tales, by Geoff Allen (Makaro Press)

Te Korero Ahi Kā, edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)

80,000 Totally Secure Passwords that no Hacker Would Ever Guess, by Simon Petrie

Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera and Bryce Stevens. (IFWG Publishing)

 Short Story

“On the Run,” by Kevin Berry in Te Korero Ahi Kā (SpecFicNZ)

“The New Suit,” by Carlington Black (Breach Zine)

“Sulphur & Sunshine,” by Grace Bridges (Fellowship of Fantasy)

“Girks Who do not Drown,” By A.C. Buchanan (Apex Magazine, December 2018)

“Gone to Earth,” by Octavia Cade (Shimmer Magazine)

“The Huntsman's Sequence,” by Octavia Cade (Glittership)

“The Temporary Suicides of Goldfish,” by Octavia Cade (Kaleidotrope, winter 2018)

“We Feed the Bears of Fire and Ice,” by Octavia Cade (Strange Horizons)

“Death Comes Calling,” by William Cook (Breach Zine)

“The Ward of Tindaloos,” by Debbie and Matt Cowens in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“The Advancement of Science,” by Joshua Drummond (Breach Zine)

“Logistics,” by A.J. Fitzwater (Clarkesworld Magazine, issue #139, April 2018)

“Search for the Heart of the Ocean,” by A.J. Fitzwater (Queen of Swords Press)

“A Devoted Husband,” by Melanie Harding-Shaw (Breach Zine)

“Common Denominator,” by Melanie Harding-Shaw (Wild Musette Journal)

“Revolutions,” by Melanie Harding-Shaw (New Orbit Magazine, issue 4, Nov 2018)

“Te Ika,” by J.C. Hart in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Meatworks,” by Peter Kirk (Breach Zine)

“Kopura Rising,” by David Kuraria in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“The Shadow over Tarehu Cove,” by Tracie McBride in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Memory,” by Sally McLennan in The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis (DAW)

“Memories to Ashes,” by Paul Mannering in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Planned and Expected,” by Piper Mejia (Breach Magazine)

“The Billows of Sarto,” by Sean Monaghan (Asimov's Science Fiction, March/April 2018)

“Dead End Town,” by Lee Murray in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Tongue,” by Hari Navarro (Breach Magazine)

“Black Holy,” by Hari Navarro (Breach Magazine)

“The Caverns of the Unnamed One,” by Jane Percival in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Riptide,” by Dan Rabarts (Grey Matter Press)

“Top of Show,” by James Rowland (Compelling Science Fiction)

“The Prince of Despair,” by Ronnie Smart (Breach Magazine)

“A Brighter Future,” by Grant Stone in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)

“Trees,” by Toni Wi (Breach Zine)

“Grow Green,” by Rem Wigmore (Capricious 9)

“Close Your Eyes,” by Abby Wilder (Breach Magazine)


Cover for Te Korero Ahi Kā, created by Evelyn Doyle (SpecFicNZ)

Cover for Quest, created by Craig Phillips (Phantom Feather Press)

Cover for Capricious 9, created by Laya Rose (Capricious)

Cover for The Baker Thief, created by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)


Breach Magazine, volumes 5-9, edited by Peter Kirk

New Orbit Magazine, edited by Naomi Moore (New Orbit Productions)

Writing from a Dark Place, by Lee Murray (Victoria University Press)

Overgrown, by Laya Rose

Info Text subtitles for Earthshock, on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 Blu-ray Box Set (BBC, 2018), by Paul Scoones (BBC)

Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)

Dramatic Presentation

Wellington Paranormal, directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New Zealand Documentary Board)

Mortal Engines, directed by Christian Rivers (Universal Pictures)

New Talent

Kura Carpenter

The Kingfisher's Debt is Kura Carpenter's debut novel and very cleverly set in an Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective) Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong Kiwi flavour.

Saf Davidson

With her unique and empathetic perspectives on disability, sexuality, and the human condition, Saf Davidson has quickly cemented herself as one of the foremost upcoming New Zealand SFF writers. Her work on serials "Tourist" and "Mountain Sound" has garnered broad praise, and as an award-winning comics writer and editor of games, it's clear that she refuses to be put in a box—whether creatively or professionally.

M.W. Innes-Jones

As Concealment’s publisher, I nominate and highly recommend this fast paced, action packed and gripping Sci-Fi novel. The below precis speaks for itself.

Our genes: will they be our hope or our undoing?

Three centuries from now humanity has made its last stand – a city high in the Swiss Alps, a place of safety and security from a deadly past. This is the reality of Nathanial Paquette’s life and it has been this way for the whole of his sheltered twenty-three years. But with a knock at the family’s apartment door everything changes. Now he must face an uncertain future and unexpected truth – he is genetically altered, and what really matters is what lies hidden within his blood.

Together with eleven others, Nathanial discovers not only does he have to navigate the competing agendas of the city’s ruling council and a man of science but survive the rigorous training he and his fellow recruits are faced with.

It’s a world where friendships are forged, enemies are made, and death awaits – ever wanting to become everyone’s new best friend.

This is the first book of a six-book saga, I promise you, you will be on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. The author quickly draws you into the characters’ lives and their world and moves the story along at pace. Using compelling language, this new author reels you into the narrative and leaves you wanting for more.

Deborah Makarios

Deborah Makarios has produced a beautifully presented novel that is warm, laugh-out-loud funny, full of twists, and well-drawn characters. The fantasy has not only believable characters, but the land itself is a key character, possessing a magic of its own. She sticks to her genre, but the surprises are many along the way, and the ending is satisfyingly positive. Effortlessly woven into the fast-moving story, there are many current themes - the environment, justice, corporate greed and racism - even though the setting is old. I can't wait to see what Makarios produces next.

The back-cover description of the novel is as follows:

"Princess Lily was born to be queen, but she leads a pawn’s existence in the shadow of her guardians’ control. She dreams of the day when she will take her rightful place in the world.

At last her chance arrives, with a quest for the three Requisites of Restoration Day, the royal rite which renews the life of the land. But she’s been hidden away too long, and Arcelia has changed.

Stripped of everything but the identity which has become a life-threatening liability, Lily will need to do more than cross the board if she is to emerge triumphant as the queen she knows she must be. The land she thought was hers becomes the field for a gripping game–and this time she’s playing for her life."

Fraser Newman

Anna Ryan

Since writing and publishing her first novel (The Lady in the Coat) in 2017, Anna's confidence of writing horror stories has been continually improving. She is a real enigma in the world of horror writing.

What astounds more than anything, is that Anna understands how the brain works; how we, as human beings cope/deal with fear, terror and paranoia.

After reading Deceptive Cadence, Anna's collection of short stories, you will question the noises you hear as you drift off to sleep at night. Could there really be someone lurking outside you window, waiting?

And let's not forget the monsters living in The Room at the End of the Hall. They cannot be real, can they?

You will seriously second guess yourself after you have read Deceptive Cadence. You will jump at every noise you hear.

Anna Ryan is an up and coming writer with imagination and writing skill to be a hugely successful horror writer


Fan Categories


Fan production/Publication

The Future According to Mikey (Curdled Milk Productions)

Star Trek in the Park – The Trouble with Tribbles (Enterprise Entertainment)

Phoenixine – edited by John and Lynelle Howell (Phoenix Science Fiction Society)

Fan Art

The Thirteenth Doctor, by Laya Rose


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