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Sir Julius Vogel Award Results - 2014

The list of nominations on the ballot can be found here

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel Heartwood
Freya Robertson
Angry Robot Ltd


Best Youth Novel

Raven Flight
Juliet Marillier
Pan Macmillan


Best Novella Cave Fever
Lee Murray
Published in Regeneration by Random Static


Best Short Story

“By Bone-Light”
Juliet Marillier
in Prickle Moon
Ticonderoga Productions


Best Collected Work Baby Teeth
Dan Rabarts/Lee Murray (eds)
Paper Road Press


Best Professional Artwork

Cover of Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2
Emma Weakley
Random Static


Best Professional Production/Publication WearableArt
Craig Potton Publishing


   Best Dramatic Presentation

The Almighty Johnsons (Season 3)
South Pacific Films
Created By:
    James Griffin
    Rachel Lang
    Mark Besley
Executive Producers:
    James Griffin
    Chris Bailey
    Kelly Martin
    John Barnett



Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production / Publication Phoenixine
John & Lynelle Howell


Best Fan Artwork This award has been carried over until the 2015 awards

“Gorgth Goes Shopping” by Matt Cowens
Au Contraire 2013 convention book


Best Fan Writing

This award was a tie

Alan Parker

“Presidential Address”


Lynelle Howell

“ Presidental Sweet” / “DuhVice”


   Best New Talent


Dan Rabarts

For publication of over a dozen short stories in the past 3 years for professional and semi-professional payment, for editing and producing the charity horror anthology Baby Teeth - Bite-sized Tales of Terror to benefit Duffy Books in Homes, and for producing fiction narrations for a range of speculative fiction podcasts and for the Baby Teeth audiobook.

Year of First Release 2011 (1 story publication), 2012 (2 story publications), 2013 (10 story publications), 2014 (3 stories scheduled for publication so far)

Dan’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Paper Road Press, Ticonderoga Publications, Beneath Ceaselss Skies, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Random Static, Dragon Moon Press, Aurealis Magazine, Wily Writers Audible Fiction, and more (see


Services To Fandom The League of Victorian Imagineers

While many people would have been involved in this over the years that it took streampunk in NZ and the steampunk artwork in Oamaru to evolve to what it is today, their contribution is the most well-known across NZ due to the steampunk conventions that are now occurring across New Zealand. The conventions along with the festivals, exhibitions and fashion parades have done a lot to highlight the steampunk movement in New Zealand, and Oamaru in particular.

There have been a few genre authors from overseas who have visited New Zealand and Oamaru in particular, who have noted the steampunk attractions on their public websites. Included on this list is Walter Jon Williams who visited NZ in 2012.

And Jay Lake who visited here in 2013

Oamaru is even mentioned in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide and the AA magazine for its steampunk attractions. Lonely Planet and the AA are not genre publications, so it is a strong indication that Oamaru is now well-known as the steampunk capital of NZ.

Why Oamaru as the Steampunk Capital of NZ? According to the Steampunk NZ website here is the short history with the most important snippet here:

"Anything can be influenced by Steampunk. Literature, art, music, film, fashion, technology, invention, war, jewellery, sculpture and transport. This exhibition, “Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be”, brings a flavour of the the steampunk culture to Oamaru. Here, we celebrate our Victorian heritage every year. With authentic architecture, an original harbour and  a core of committed enthusiasts, it is a natural backdrop for this genre. We have in our community a large number of incredibly creative and talented people, some of whom have contributed to this, the first, Steampunk exhibition".


Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror


Helen Lowe

Helen has reached out to make sure that Australasian writers are seen by the rest of the world. She has used her blog and her space in SF Signal and her presence at events to inform the world and has done it with grace and good humour. Unlike many writers, she doesn’t just focus on new work or known authors, but gives space to writers who otherwise would not be seen and for work that is beginning to go unnoticed. This is just one of the ways in which she supports SF, fantasy and horror. She has done this despite being affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. It has made a big difference to a number of people in the field, particularly in this time of publishing uncertainty.


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 prior to voting. This year the works being voted on are from 2013. They are voted on By New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered By SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

This year the National Science Fiction Convention was ConClave 2 which took place 24th - 27th April 2014 in Auckland.

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