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Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists - 2017

Following are the Finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2017. The Finalists are for the 2016 calendar year.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel


Sarah Fayermann
( Publishing)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Den of Wolves

Juliet Marillier
(Pan MacMillan Australia)

Into the Mist

Lee Murray
(Cohesion Press)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Daybreak Rising (Embers of Redemption, vol 1)

Kiran Oliver
(CreateSpace Independent Publishing)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Night's Fall

Richard Parry
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Youth Novel

Stranded Starship (You Say Which Way)

Kevin Berry
(Fairytale Factory)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek

Sue Copsey
(CreateSpace Independent Publishing)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Battlesaurus: Clash of Empires

Brian Falkner

Light in My Dark

Jean Gilbert and William Dresden
(Rogue House Publishing)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Novella / Novelette

The Convergence of Fairy Tales

Octavia Cade
(Book Smugglers)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Babylon's Song

Woelf Dietrich, published in Interspecies
(Kosa Press)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

The Sleeper's Dance – A Novella

Mouse Diver-Dudfield
(Pouakai Books)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet
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Dan Rabarts, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 63
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Tipuna Tapu

Dan Rabarts
(Clan Destine Press)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Short Story


Michelle Child, published in At the Edge
(Paper Road Press)
Published in At the Edge, available in the Collected Work section of the SJV Voter Packet


A.J. Fitzwater, published in At the Edge
(Paper Road Press)
Published in At the Edge, available in the Collected Work section of the SJV Voter Packet


Sean Monaghan, published in Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2016

“Call of the Sea”

Eileen Mueller, published in At the Edge
(Paper Road Press)
Published in At the Edge, available in the Collected Work section of the SJV Voter Packet


A.J. Ponder, published in At the Edge
(Paper Road Press)
Published in At the Edge, available in the Collected Work section of the SJV Voter Packet

“London's Crawling”

Emma Pullar, published in Dark Minds Charity Collection
(Bloodhound Books)

Best Collected Work

At the Edge

Edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
(Paper Road Press)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Everything is Fine

Grant Stone
(Racket House)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Professional Artwork

Cover artwork for Write Off Line 2016: Everyone's a Winner

Kodi Murray
(Rogue House Publishing)

Cover artwork for Beyond the Stars

Kodi Murray
(Tauranga Writers Publishing)

Cover artwork for Chameleon Moon

Laya Rose

Midnight Star

Laya Rose

Cover artwork for That Kind of Planet

Emma Weakley
(Random Static)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Cover artwork for At the Edge

Emma Weakley
(Paper Road Press)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Professional Production/Publication

That Kind of Planet

Emma Weakley
(Random Static)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Dramatic Presentation

This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy

Andrew Beszant and Christian Nicholson
(Little Hero Productions)
There will be a showing at Lexicon


Directed by Hayden J. Weal, collaborator Simeon Duncombe
Available in the SJV Voter Packet
There will be a showing at Lexicon

AFK: the webseries, episode 12, “ZERG”

Directed by Peter Haynes
(Epically Casual Productions)
Available online for free.
There will be a showing at Lexicon

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication


Edited by Jacqui Smith


Edited by John and Lynelle Howell

Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Enterprise Entertainment

Best Fan Writing


Alex Lindsay for SITREP

Published in Phoenxine
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Jacqui Smith

For contributions to Novazine

Octavia Cade

For Food and Horror Column Series
(Book Smugglers)
Available in the SJV Voter Packet

Best Fan Artist

Keith Smith

Contributions to Novazine

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

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

1. Eileen Mueller

Eileen Mueller’s first short story was published in 2013. Since then, she's had many short stories published in NZ & Australasian anthologies, and three children's novels published. Eileen has also won a Sir Julius Vogel Award award and some writing contests and is an active member of NZ's science fiction and fantasy community.


2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award: Best Youth Novel Dragons Realm, A You Say Which Way Adventure

Writing contests:

2016: NZ Flash Fiction MicroMadness, Finalist

2013 SpecFicNZ Going Global, 1st place

2013 New Zealand Society of Authors NorthWrite Collaboration, 1st equal.


Attack on Dragons Realm, (Phantom Feather Press, 2016)

Dragons Realm, A You Say Which Way Adventure (Fairytale Factory, 2015)

Mystic Portal, A You Say Which Way Adventure (Fairytale Factory, 2016)

Anthologies, collections and boxed sets including Eileen’s work:

Baby Teeth - Bite-Sized Tales of Terror, (Paper Road Press, 2013) 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Best Collection

Disquiet, (Creativa, 2014)

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales (Phantom Feather Press, 2014)

Lost in the Museum (Phoenix Writers, 2014) 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Best Collection.

Dragon Tales (Phantom Feather Press, 2015)

At the Edge (Paper Road Press, 2016)

Fangtastic Dragon Jokes (Phantom Feather Press, 2016)

Clawsome Dragon Limericks (Phantom Feather Press, 2016)

4 More You Say Way Adventures (Fairytale Factory, 2016)

Best of You Say Which Way Adventures (Fairytale Factory, 2016)


I’m nominating Eileen Mueller for Best New Talent. She’s an accomplished author who sprang onto the local speculative fiction writing scene with her contributions to “Lost in the Museum,” a Sir Julius Vogel Award winning compilation. A compilation that she did a lot of behind the scenes work for.

She won the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award: Best Youth Novel with Dragons Realm, A You Say Which Way Adventure and has also placed first equal with “Ahi Ka” a short story entry to New Zealand Society of Authors NorthWrite Collaboration (co-written with A.J Ponder), which placed 1st equal. A 2016 NZ Flash Fiction MicroMadness finalist and also winner of SpecFicNZ’s “Going Global” competition. Eileen has been steadily growing her body of work, and her development as an author over the last three years has been profound.

Eileen has proved herself a diverse new writer prepared to work on her craft and work within the SF community. Writing middle grade and young adult fiction, some of writing’s toughest critics, Eileen is an author to watch.

2. Richard Parry

Richard is my son. I need to get that out there. Since he was about 14 years old he has involved himself in writing. At one stage I was his typist. What convinces me that he has talent is that being a novelist is not a requirement in his day job. He does it because he loves it, and he does it well.


Richard Parry is the author of several speculative novels: Night's Favour and Night's Fall in his high-octane supernatural Night's Champion series, and the speculative urban thriller, Upgrade. With rich world building, innovative character perspectives, and a gritty action-oriented style, Richard work is unique among Kiwi authors, and as such he has established a small dedicated readership. He's a regular blogger, sharing information on his writing process, as well as being a keen promoter of other New Zealand authors. I understand Richard has taken a year's sabbatical to concentrate on new work, which means readers should expect to see more top quality fiction from him in the future.

Richard wrote a short story based entirely on dialogue and off-stage sounds. It was utterly gripping, scary and forward-looking all at once.

3. Laya Rose

Laya Rose (also known as Laya Mutton Rogers) is a young artist currently studying at Massey University. Her art speaks for itself far better than it can be described, so I recommend checking out Laya works across a variety of media and genres, but it is her portrayal of the fantastic, and in particular her portrayal of people - human and otherwise - in the genre that makes her stand out. She has created cover art for several works, including an issue of the New Zealand based magazine Capricious and the novel Chameleon Moon. Her work is often filled with the warmth of relationships, characters whose faces, stances, body language make them seem like people you want to run off and have an adventure - or just have a drink - with. Her art portrays both the diversity in humanity and the humanity of those not from our world. Laya is a talented, and multi-skilled artist, and one I expect we will see a lot more from in the coming years.


Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

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


1. Lee Murray

Lee works tirelessly for the New Zealand and Australian specfic/horror genre communities. Besides judging various awards in NZ and for the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA), Lee kindly writes and edits and offers advice for The Refuge Collection series of books, all for charity with no payment. Besides being hard-working and passionate, Lee is also imaginative, courteous, diligent and talented.

I have nominated Lee Murray for this award because, besides being an award-winning writer and editor in her own right, Lee tirelessly - and without other avenues of recognition for most of this work - serves New Zealand’s science fiction, fantasy and horror communities through a variety of advocacy, community-building and mentorship programmes, including the following:

  • Co-founder with Piper Mejia of the Beyond This and Write Off Line series of speculative writing competitions and anthologies of short stories and poems by New Zealand intermediate and secondary school students.

  • Responsible for co-editing four of the above journals, and judging another two.

  • An ongoing facilitator/presenter of writing workshops for children and young people. These are run annually in conjunction with Tauranga Writers, Young Writers NZ, and, more recently, with SpecFicNZ and SFFANZ.

  • Lee co-edited (with Dan Rabarts) the charity flash fiction anthology Baby Teeth (2013) which also served to strengthen ties amongst science fiction, fantasy and horror writers in New Zealand. In 2016, this was extended to include Australian speculative writers with the publication of At the Edge (also co-edited with Dan Rabarts). Both works have achieved considerable attention in New Zealand and abroad.

  • Again for charity, Lee has played a very active role as writer, reviewer and editor in several of the tales in The Refuge Collection, and won an award for her own short story contribution, all of which helped reunite a family from Syria on Australian soil, which demonstrates the real-world impact the genre community can achieve.

  • Frequently judges national and international literary awards including, for the New Zealand Society of Authors, SpecFicNZ, the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA), and the SQ Mag Story Quest competition.

  • Lee actively develops ties with overseas publishers, genre and writing groups, where she has been an ardent advocate and promoter of New Zealand science fiction, fantasy and horror.

  • She is an articulate presenter, and has appeared on professional panels and workshops at various conferences and conventions in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

  • She is a respected blogger and frequent reviewer of New Zealand genre work.

  • Lee is an active member of a wide range of professional organisations including The Horror Writers Association (HWA), The AHWA, Tauranga Writers, Bookrapt, Freelance, and SFFANZ

  • Lee has served two years on the Core of SpecFicNZ.

  • In 2016, she was the writing programme coordinator (with Dan Rabarts) of New Zealand’s 37th Science Fiction and Fantasy conference, Au Contraire 2016.

  • A mentor and assessor specialising in genre fiction for the New Zealand Society of Authors for the past six years, Lee donated hundreds of hours of professional time, providing free support and critique for over one hundred genre writers in the past year alone. The fact that many of Lee’s mentees since found publishers for their work, with several shortlisted and a few winning international writing awards, is a testament to her mentor and leadership abilities in the genre communities.


Lee Murray is a tireless supporter of genre fiction in New Zealand, pouring hours of time and buckets of energy into promoting local authors and books, mentoring and assisting new writers, and driving projects which showcase NZ genre writers both nationally and internationally. She has been the editor behind several NZ anthologies, including a number dedicated to fostering young kiwi writers and encouraging an interest in science fiction and fantasy.

She has also been involved in planning and facilitating events at a number of New Zealand's Science Fiction Natcons, demonstrating her commitment to the science fiction community as a whole. As well as this, she has volunteered on the committees of both SFFANZ and SpecFicNZ.

As a successful, award-winning novelist with a rapidly growing international presence, Lee maintains a strong commitment to paying it forward, helping other writers with her promotional, editorial and organisational skills, and in so doing, is improving the landscape of science fiction and fantasy in New Zealand accordingly.  

Lee is a tireless helper of other authors whether they are new talent or well established. Notably, Lee has mentored young authors as a partner in the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentoring scheme. She reads manuscripts for that society and for a wide circle of genre authors privately. She has advocated for us through Spec Fic and Creative NZ. At her cost she has traveled to overseas conventions where she has shown the work of many authors and spoken about our work as a panellist and in social spaces. She has funded awards for writing competitions and helped organise conventions and other events. She goes to so much effort for horror, science fiction and fantasy writing in New Zealand that this award is utterly merited.

Lee Murray is a gifted author with a talent for lifting those around her, inspiring others, and ensuring the entire science fiction, fantasy and horror community benefits from her knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm.

As well as writing gripping thrillers, culturally rich middle-grade novels and top-notch short stories, Lee has edited numerous anthologies, free of charge. Besides several horror collections, she has also edited many anthologies for school children, our emerging future writers. While attending the 2016 Bram Stoker Conference, she promoted the work of other kiwi authors, at her own cost. Her personal investment, in time, means, patience and talent should be acknowledged.

Services To Fandom

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

1. Jan Butterworth

Jan Butterworth has been a tireless supporter of New Zealand’s fandom for close to a decade, serving on numerous ConComs including Conscription (2009), Context (2011) and Au Contraire III (2016), as well as being co-opted as a volunteer to organise book donations for Unconventional (2012), Au Contraire II (2013) and Reconnaissance (2015). In addition, she has been administrator of the successful Young Writers’ Workshops held last year at Au Contraire III (2016) and at this year’s Lexicon (2017). The smooth running of these workshops on the day of the events, shown in students’ and teachers’ evaluations, can be largely attributed to the many hours Jan has put in behind the scenes.

Jan joined the board of SFFANZ in 2009 and has been an active member since that date, as well as serving on the Sir Julius Vogel Award Committee for the past seven years. This latter is an important role which has grown annually.

Further evidence of fans' support for Jan's ability to represent the community was shown in 2010 when she was elected FFANZ delegate (with Stephen Litten). For six years (2009 to 2015), Jan was the administrator for the SFFANZ book review scheme, injecting her energy into introducing and promoting science fiction and fantasy work by New Zealand creatives, and making that work accessible to fans. In 2012, she began her own successful blog, My Opinion on Various Books, where she sources books and facilitates reviews of genre work. Hers is one of only a few independent blogs that reviews New Zealand work by preference, making her an important contributor to disseminating trends in science fiction and fantasy, and especially as they apply in New Zealand.

However, the job titles listed above do little to account the many, many hours of work Jan has undertaken chasing sponsorship for events, taking minutes, and facilitating communications between respective ConComs and the SFFANZ committee; all tasks she carries out with the highest professionalism despite increasing health limitations.

Much loved among the community for her generosity, humour, and tact, Jan is a local fan icon and a worthy and deserving candidate for Services to Fandom.


Jan Butterworth does a fabulous job of keeping fans and readers abreast of great New Zealand science fiction, fantasy and horror books via her blog, a kiwi’s book reviews.

She is a tireless champion for NZ authors, established and emerging. She supports National Conferences, and fandom and writers alike. With the increase in indie publishing, Jan has been a champion for many anthologies and novels, gaining exposure for new authors via her blog. Jan doesn’t miss an opportunity to promote books. For example, when interviewed by Radio New Zealand regarding her new accommodation, Jan managed to mention she was a reviewer, and the photo presented with the online article, included a tall stack of books to be reviewed.

Jan’s efforts over many years to support authors, readers and fans should be recognized. Her blog speaks for itself:

2. Lynelle Howell

For a nominee for Services to New Zealand Fandom, one need not look further than Lynelle Howell, one of the New Zealand’s best-loved and busiest fans. Actively involved in our fandom for over 20 years, Lynelle is a workhorse, the sort of person who is prepared to roll up her sleeves and tackle any task the community requires of her, tasks she undertakes with tact and enthusiasm. For example, Lynelle has chaired two national conventions, and was a member of the convention committee for a third. Up to date with community trends, she is regularly called upon as a speaker or panellist, her contribution always positive and engaging.

Lynelle was a founding member of SFFANZ ‒ the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand ‒ and has been a sitting member of its board since its inception in 2002. Except, Lynelle has never been content to simply ‘sit’, instead taking on the myriad administrative tasks that ensure the smooth running of the organisation. As is often the case, Lynelle’s work is largely invisible, due to her seamless, effortless approach, derived in part from her huge knowledge of the community and its people. For example, she has administered the Association’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards (SJVs) for the past ten years. It’s a mammoth task, one which grows every year as the award gains prestige, and one that demands a great deal of time behind the scenes. To the outside world, the awards ‘just happen’ as if by magic, and this perception can be attributed to Lynelle’s efficiency and discretion.

In terms of local involvement, Lynelle is an active member of Wellington’s Phoenix Science Fiction Society, and has been co-editor of the club’s award-winning magazine, Phoenixine, for over a decade. This year, Lynelle was elected as New Zealand’s FFANZ representative and will be travelling to Continuum 13 in Australia in June. Already, Lynelle is contacting writers and creatives, and preparing to promote and support New Zealand fandom to our neighbours across the ditch. It is an honour to nominate Lynelle for Services to Fandom, an award she thoroughly deserves.


Lynelle Howell is a lady of many talents. Every year at national Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions, she is a dynamo. She plans, helps to keep things flowing, and oversees the Sir Julius Vogel Award process, from nominations to voting and presentation of the awards. Lynelle is a keen organizer, a great fan and a supporter of writers and fans alike. She has  great passion for science fiction and fantasy, shown by her many years of service to SFFANZ, Phoenix SF Society  and the national convention committees and SJV organizers. It is fitting that Lynelle’s work be recognized by writers and fans alike, as she makes a worthy contribution for this award.


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 2015. They are voted on by New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

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