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Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists - 2020

Following are the Finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2020. The Finalists are for the 2019 calendar year.

You can find the results for the 2020 SJV awards here.

The Long List of nominees is available here.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

The Dawnhounds

Sascha Stronach

Little Hook Press

The Blacksmith

Barbara Howe

IFWG Australia

Into the Ashes

Lee Murray

Severed Press

The Prince of Secrets

A.J. Lancaster

Camberion Press

Solar Federation

S.E. Mulholland


Best Youth Novel

The Clockhill and the Thief

Gareth Ward

Walker Books Australia


S.R. Manssen

Manssen Publishing

Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped

Felicity Williams

The Cuba Press

Dragon Rift: Riders of Fire book 3

Eileen Mueller

Phantom Feather Press

Light in my Blood

Jean Gilbert and William Dresden

Rogue House Publishing

Best Novella / Novelette

From a Shadow Grave

Andi C. Buchanan

Paper Road Press

We All Fall

Helen Vivinne Fletcher

HVF Publishing


Sean Monaghan

Asimov's Science Fiction (Jan/Feb 2019)

Would She Be Gone

Melanie Harding-Shaw


Hunger's Truth

A.J. Fitzwater


Best Short Story

“A Shriek Across the Sky”

Casey Lucas

Sponge Magazine

“Losing Face”

Lee Murray

Things in the Well Publications

“Work and Income Gothic”

Jack Remiel Cottrell

Flash Frontier

“The Fisher”

Melanie Harding-Shaw


“Chasing Oumuamua”

Sean Monaghan

Asimov's Science Fiction, issue 5, 2019.

“Proof of Concept”

James Rowland

Best Collected Work

Into the Mire

Casey Lucas


Dark Winds over Wellington - Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange

Tabatha Wood

Wild Woods Books

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: volume 1

edited by Marie Hodgkinson

Paper Road Press

Beyond the City Limits: Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology

edited by Kura Carpenter

Wicked Unicorn Press

Flash Frontier: Speculative Fiction Issue

Edited by A.J. Fitzwater and Tim Jones

Flash Frontier

Best Professional Artwork

Cover for The Dawnhounds

created by Pepper Curry

Cover for Dragon Pearl

created by Vivienne To

Cover for From a Shadow Grave

created by Emma Weakley

Illustrations for Tio Tiamu / The Smelly Giant

created by Laya Rose

Best Professional Production/Publication

Swords: The Webcomic

By Matthew Willis


Kezia Tubbs

Best Dramatic Presentation

Doctor Who: The Elysian Blade

David Bishop

BBC Audio

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Artwork

Wandering Wild

Michelle Kan

Aliens vs Geysers

Kat Oliver


Laya Rose

Wilder Girls

Laya Rose

Best Fan Production/ Publication

Geysercon con book

Produced by Grace Bridges

Plant Life

Laya Rose


Produced by Lynelle and John Howell

Consequence LARP

Written by Callum Upton, Toby Stewart and Sarah Daymond.

Best Fan Writing


Alex Lindsay

A monthly column in Phoenixine

“Welcome to the Con”

Grace Bridges

In GeyserCon con book

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

(Nominations are numbered to aid clarity — the number has no other significance).

Denika Mead

Stephen Mulholland

A.J. Lancaster

Melanie Harding-Shaw

Sascha Stronach

Services to Fandom

Grace Bridges

Grace Bridges chaired GeyserCon and does a great deal to support writers and artists both nationally and internationally. She represents NZ well on an international stage and encourages young creators to practice and pursue their own dreams. She plays well with others and is a good example of positive fandom.


Grace Bridges has been an integral member of New Zealand’s fan community for over a decade. A writer, graphic artist, cosplayer, publisher, editor, gamer, speaker, panellist, mentor, and strong community activist.

Grace fully embraces her role as both a creator and a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her formal roles include serving as chair of the GeyserCon National science fiction and fantasy convention

Rotorua June 2019, as a member of the Core of SpecFicNZ for close to a decade (and President of the group for much of that), and as an active member of Young New Zealand Writers (promoting and developing young creatives in science fiction and fantasy) from 2017 onwards. She promotes New Zealand genre work and fandom both locally and internationally and advocates for a science fiction and fantasy community which encourages inclusiveness for all. Most of Grace’s spare time over the past ten years has been devoted to growing and supporting our fan community—usually while dressed as Capt. Kathryn Janeway or as your favourite TimeLord—making her a highly worthy recipient of this award.

Services to Science Fiction

Fantasy and Horror

Melanie Harding-Shaw

Mel has been instrumental in bridging the gap between Kiwi SFF and Worldcon. She has organized a local group of Wellington writers across the SFF spectrum,including those who are familiar with Kiwi fandom and those who have historically worked in the literary scene. She is also coordinating Kiwi SFF participants at CoNZealand, both ensuring a wide variety of voices and encouraging those who might not otherwise attend to consider doing so. She is involved both with SpecFicNZ and the New Zealand Society of Authors to bring all authors of speculative work together to share knowledge and resources and celebrate Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing in Aotearoa.


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 previous to voting. This year the works being voted on are from 2019. They are voted on by New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

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the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc.

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