2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyFinalists for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • Gad’s Army, Drew Bryenton (Sci Fi Cafe)
  • The Stone Wētā, Octavia Cade (Paper Road)
  • Transference, B.T. Keaton (Ingleside Avenue)
  • The Court of Mortals, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Blood of the Sun, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming)

Best Youth Novel

  • Earthcore Book 4: High Tide, Grace Bridges (Splashdown)
  • These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong (Simon & Schuster)
  • Golden City, S.R. Manssen (Manssen)
  • Follow Me In, Terri Sinclair (self-published)
  • Brasswitch and Bot, Gareth Ward (Walker)

Best Novella/Novelette

  • Hexes & Vexes, Nova Blake (self-published)
  • “How to Get a Girlfriend (When You’re a Terrifying Monster)”, Marie Cardno (Her Magical Pet)
  • No Man’s Land, A.J. Fitzwater (Paper Road)
  • “Marbles”, Sean Monaghan (Asimov’s 7-8/20)
  • Riverwitch, Rem Wigmore (self-published)

Best Short Story

  • “Salt White, Rose Red”, E. Celeste (Dually Noted F(r)iction Log 11/27/20)
  • “Synaesthete”, Melanie Harding-Shaw (Black Dogs, Black Tales)
  • “For Want of Human Parts”, Casey Lucas (Diabolical Plots 8/17/20)
  • “The Good Wife”, Lee Murray (Weird Tales #364)
  • “Arachne’s Web”, James Rowland (Aurealis #132)

Best Collected Work

  • The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, A.J. Fitzwater (Queen of Swords)
  • Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy, Volume 2, Marie Hodgkinson, ed. (Paper Road)
  • Ghost Bus: Tales from Wellington’s Dark Side, Anna Kirtlan (self-published)
  • The Better Sister and Other Stories, Piper Mejia (Breach)
  • Grotesque: Monster Stories, Lee Murray (Things in the Well)

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover for Scary Tales, William Dresden [ineligible]
  • Cover for No Man’s Land, Laya Rose
  • Cover for Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy, Volume 2, Laya Rose
  • Cover for The Chaos Curse, Vivienne To
  • Cover for The Stone Wētā, Emma Weakley

Best Professional Production/Publication

  • This is Not the End (chapters 1.5-2.10), Deanna Gunn
  • Masterpiece (Or Artful Dodgers), Michelle Kan
  • Fantastical Worlds and Futures at the World’s Edge: A History of New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, Simon Litten & Sean McMullen
  • “How NZ’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors Got Shafted on a Global Stage”, Casey Lucas (The Spinoff 8/5/20)
  • Wonderland Nights: White Rabbit’s Diary, Sky Bear Games
  • “Aotearoa is Not Middle Earth”, Alexander Stronach (The Spinoff 9/3/20)

Best New Talent

  • Chloe Gong
  • Deanna Gunn
  • Kate Haley
  • B.T. Keaton
  • A.J. Lancaster
  • Deborah Makarios

Best Fan Production/Publication

  • Codex, Stephen Brough
  • FIYAHCON Guest of Honour Speech, Cassie Hart
  • Mollymauk Tealeaf – Court of Jesters showcase, Michelle Kan
  • Phoenixine, John & Jo Toon, eds.
  • Dramatic Chairing of the 2020 WSFS Business Meeting, Darusha Wehm
  • CoNZealand Souvenir Book, Darusha Wehm & Amber Carter

Best Fan Writing

  • “Alone Together at the Edge of the World”, Andi C. Buchanan (CoNZealand Souvenir Book)
  • “Queer Speculative Aotearoa New Zealand”, A.J. Fitzwater (LGBTQ Reads 4/6/20)
  • Review of Hello Strange, Dylan Howell (My Opinion on Various Books 12/21/20)
  • “SITREP”, Alex Lindsay (Phoenixine)
  • “What If”, Kyra Saywell (Poetry Box)
  • “An Exploration of Menstruation in Horror and Dark Fiction”, Tabatha Wood (The Horror Tree 2/6/20)

Best Fan Artwork

  • Ministry for Public Art, Shaun Garea
  • Oriental Bay Piranhas, Shaun Garea
  • Destiny & Dead People Tea, Michelle Kan
  • Faerie Ring, Michelle Kan
  • Blue and Red (This is How You Lose the Time War), Laya Rose
  • Gyre from The Luminous Dead, Laya Rose

Services to Fandom

  • CoNZealand Crew
  • Nigel Rowe, et al.

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

  • Cassie Hart
  • Lee Murray

For more information, see the SFFANZ website.

[edited 5/4/2021 to remove the cover for Scary Tales, which is ineligible]

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One thought on “2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

  • May 1, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Locus Magazine and readers. The link to the SFFANZ website should now be changed to http://www.sffanz.nz. This has the finalists for the 2021 awards, plus details on how people can vote.



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