The finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2022, recognising works from the 2021 year are now available.
SJV Voter Packet
As part of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, we put together a downloadable packet of works that have been nominated for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award. We can only include works that the creators and publishers allow us to, and we appreciate their trust.
SJV Voting Ballot
The voting ballot for the SJV Awards is also available. You can find full information on how to vote on the SJV Voting page.
The long list of nominees is on our Sir Julius Vogel Award Long List – 2022 page.
|Best Novel||A Force of Nature||Janna Ruth||https://books2read.com/aforceofnature|
|Best Novel||Silent Sorrow||Russell Kirkpatrick||IFWG Publishing|
|Best Novel||Gateway to Dark Stars||Kate Haley||http://mybook.to/gatewaytodarkstars|
|Best Novel||Foxhunt||Rem Wigmore||Queen of Swords Press|
|Best Novel||Butcherbird||Cassie Hart||Huia Publishers|
|Best Novel||The King of Faerie||A.J. Lancaster||Camberion Press|
|Best Youth Novel||Spark Hunter||Sonya Wilson||Ahoy! / The Cuba Press|
|Best Youth Novel||A Lair of Bones||Helen Scheuerer||Alchemy|
|Best Youth Novel||The Thaumagician's Revenge||Gareth Ward||Walker Books|
|Best Youth Novel||Fire's Caress||Lani Wendt Young||One Tree House|
|Best Youth Novel||Welcome to the Inbetween||Kate Haley||http://mybook.to/welcometotheinbetween|
|Best Novella/Novelette||Scales, Tails, and Hagfish||Octavia Cade||Te Herenga Waka University Press|
|Best Novella/Novelette||Against the Grain||Melanie Harding-Shaw||https://www.melaniehardingshaw.com/books/against-the-grain|
|Best Novella/Novelette||Heart and Hearth||Anna Klein||Bonnetpunk Press|
|Best Novella/Novelette||Monsters and Manuscripts||Jamie Sands||Grey Kelpie Studios|
|Best Novella/Novelette||Raven's Haven for Women of Magic||Anna Kirtlan|
|Best Novella/Novelette||The Impossible Resurrection of Grief||Octavia Cade||Stelliform Press|
|Best Collected Work||Alt-ernate||Melanie Harding-Shaw||https://www.melaniehardingshaw.com/books/alt-ernate-a-collection-of-37-stories|
|Best Collected Work||SEEDS||Tabatha Wood||Wild Wood Books|
|Best Collected Work||Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson, and Other Stories||Jack Remiel Cottrell||Canterbury University Press|
|Best Collected Work||Middle Distance: Long Stories of Aotearoa New Zealand||Edited by Craig Gamble||Te Herenga Waka University Press|
|Best Collected Work||Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy Vol 3||Edited by Marie Hodgkinson||Paper Road Press|
|Best Short Story||"Breath"||S.A. McKenzie||All Worlds Wayfarer Magazine, Issue XI|
|Best Short Story||"I Will Teach You Magic"||Andi C. Buchanan||Crossmass Infinities, Issue 4|
|Best Short Story||"Data Migration"||Melanie Harding-Shaw||Strange Horizons, July 2021|
|Best Short Story||"Clutch. Stick. Shift"||Tehnuka||Mermaids Monthy, July 2021|
|Best Short Story||"Worm Blood"||Octavia Cade||The Dark Magazine|
|Best Artwork||Cover of The Last Fallen Star||Vivienne To|
|Best Artwork||Cover of Foxhunt||Laya Rose|
|Best Artwork||Cover of Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy Vol 3||Rebekah Tisch|
|Best Artwork||Cover and Illustrations for The Memory Thief||Keiran Rynhart||Penguin New Zealand|
|Best Artwork||Cover of The Firebird's Song||Vivienne To|
|Best Dramatic Presentation||Wellington Paranormal (series 3)|
|Best Dramatic Presentation||Creamerie|
|Best Production/Publication||Project tempest Podcast||CJ Halbard|
|Best Production/Publication||What You Need Right Now is a Nice Soothing Horror Story||Tabatha Wood||The Spinoff|
|Best Production/Publication||Ritaul Cast epsidoes 23-35||Rycon Roleplays||https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIQ9fpV90xObvULOE0ikRXw1wWtDPwWt|
|Best Production/Publication||Lore Olympus chapters 138-190||Rachel Smythe|
|Best Fan Writing||This Book's About What?||Tabatha Wood||Divination Hollow Reviews|
|Best Fan Writing||SITREP||Alex Lindsay||Phoenixine|
|Best Fan Writing||Wormholes and Workers||Andi C. Buchanan||Vector Magazine, Issue 294|
|Best Fan Writing||Bibliophiles Report||John Toon and Simon Litten||Phoenixine|
|Best Fan Writing||Triumvirate||Jo Toon||Script for Theatrephonic podcast|
|Best Fan Writing||Review of Philip Pullmans Serpentine||Stephen Litten||My Opinion on Various Books|
|Best Fan Writing||Pass the Rules||Jo Toon||Phoenixine|
|Best Fan Artwork||Deva||Michelle Kan||https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-lJx_FICIBcqqcqDzK61Gh0gemEHVD-3?usp=sharing|
|Best Fan Artwork||Jinx||Jules|
|Best Fan Artwork||Toanga||Michelle Kan||https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-lJx_FICIBcqqcqDzK61Gh0gemEHVD-3?usp=sharing|
|Best Fan Publication||Phoenixine||John and Jo Toon||Phoenix Science Fiction Society|
|Best New Talent||Angelique Kasmara|
Angelique is the author of the novel Isobar Precinct (The Cuba Press, 2021), a genre-bending work combining social realism, sci-fi, detective drama and fantasy which is mostly set in and around Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road. Centering on people who are often shunted to society’s margins, it explores the shattering repercussions of a volatile drug for both its most vulnerable users and those who hold the power to transform or destroy. It was selected as one of the 100 Best Books of 2021 by the NZ Listener, shortlisted for the NZ Booklovers Best Adult Fiction Award, and included in the Best Books 2021 selection at the Academy of New Zealand Literature.
Excerpts from Isobar Precinct have appeared in anthologies Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand and A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand. Some of her short fiction has been published in NZ Listener, Newsroom, and an upcoming Mexican anthology published by AMETLI and Ediciones Del Lirio. She was one of six writers commissioned by the Nelson Arts Festival to write and record a work of creative nonfiction for their 2021 Writing Home: An Antidote to Feeling Stranded digital series. She has served as a literary advisor to the Going West Writers Festival, Auckland, and most recently was a judge for the Refugee Writers Collective writing competition. Angelique has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and works as a communications manager, reviewer and translator.
|Best New Talent||Chloe Gong|
Chloe Gong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of young adult Shakespearean retellings including ‘These Violent Delights’ and ‘Our Violent Ends’, its spin-off series ‘Foul Lady Fortune’, as well as an adult fantasy trilogy, with book one ‘Immortal Longings’ forthcoming in 2023. Awarded with five starred reviews and chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, ‘These Violent Delights’ has also been named in Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 Best YA Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020, Buzzfeed’s Best YA Books of 2020, Kirkus’s Best YA Historical Fiction of 2020, and YALSA’s 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults Book List, among others.
Chloe is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations. After devouring the entire YA section of her local library, she started writing her own novels at age 13 to keep herself entertained, and has been highly entertained ever since. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok under @thechloegong.
|Best New Talent|
Graci Kim is the bestselling author of The Last Fallen Star, book one in the Korean mythology-inspired middle grade fantasy series. Called a “sparkling yarn” by Entertainment Weekly, the Gifted Clans trilogy has been optioned by the Disney Channel for a live-action television series, and was named a 2021 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for “Best Middle Grade & Children’s Book”, an Amazon Editor’s pick for Best Book, an Indigo Best Book, and a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book. Her work deals with issues around belonging, identity, and finding one’s voice, with a particular emphasis on found families and unbreakable sibling relationships.
|Services to Fandom||Michelle Kan|
Michelle Kan is an outstanding member of the fan community here in Wellington, known for their stunning Chinese brush-style fanart of many beloved F&SF books, animations, and podcasts. They're a prolific author in their own right, but where I think Michelle really shines is their years of volunteering at various events around Wellington as well as their work as a cosplay photographer and videographer. From their vibrant work at Wellington Cosplay Photo Fest to the New Zealand Games Festival and several years of Armageddons across the North Island, Michelle is a household name in fandom events and we as a fan community are so, so lucky to have them.
|Services to Fandom||Matthew Pavletich|
It is my honour to nominate Matthew Pavletich for the 2022 SJV Award for Services to Fandom For decades Matthew and Maree Pavletitch have been stalwart supporters of NZ fandom as well close friends and personal supports to many in the NZ science fiction community. They have been very active at an organisational, practical and networking levels, as well actively taking part the planning and running of a number of NZ Natcons over the years. Together they have attended ( and often appeared on stage or panels at ) numerous Natcons. They have equally well represented and tirelessly promoted New Zealand fandom and the 2020 NZ Worldcon at various Worldcons in true ambassadorial style. They have actively reached out to both ordinary fans and more famous SF / fantasy actors and author inviting them to visit NZ, and have helped forge long-lasting links and friendships with fans around NZ and the world. Matthew also tirelessly promoted the Worldcon by working long shifts manning a booth at the Auckland’s Armageddon expo in the years leading up to the Worldcon 2020. He did this most admirably and enthusiastically despite a quite painful back. Matthew has always been fascinated by space, and for years now he has compiling and broadcasting almost daily blogs on developments in space travel. It would be fair to say he has become an expert on the history and continued evolution of space-flight and spaceexploration. His thorough knowledge and gentle manner has seen him invited onto the TV3 breakfast show on occassiobns to explain the cosmic and historic significance of unfolding events and the human endeavours beyond the confines of this planet. Matthew has also brought humour and creativity to SF fandom with appearances in costume parades, such as his memorable live musical performance as the glittering mirror-ball guitar spaceman in Rotorua 2015. I am sure if he had been able to manage it he would also have entered the stage riding a motorcycle to complete the spectacle. Matthew’s passion and long-term dedication to SF fandom and fans has endeared him to many, and I consider him to be well deserving of an SJV award.
I am nominating Matthew Pavletich for the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the category of Services to Fandom. Matthew has been an active science fiction and fantasy fan for a very long time. He has been attending local New Zealand conventions for something like 30 years. Plus, he has also attended a few overseas conventions during his fandom. During this time, he has actively supported many fan-related activities, mainly in a behind-the-scenes operational capacity, but he has been in the spot-light too, as a panellist at conventions. His most recent main activity was to support the New Zealand 2020 bid for Worldcon. This was listed and recognised in the ConZealand convention book – page 114 under the section “New Zealand in 2020 Bid Stalwarts”. To quote “People who turn up and do the hard yards (some of them year after year_ at the tables and serving the pavs and Kiwi beak Mocktails at The Kiwis Beak Tavern, before we had the vote, when it was all to play for (2014 – 2018)”. During ConZealand, Matthew did one panel that I remember, possible two. The one I remember is the one where the panellists spoke about up-and-coming new science fiction TV shows. As always Matthew spoke knowledgably and well, presenting what he knew in a clear and concise manner, without getting fancy. Going back further, Mathew was a member of Stella Nova, the local Auckland science fiction club. He hosted many club activities with his wife Maree, also a member of the same club. Supporting fandom locally is important to the growth of fandom at a national level. With a core group in a city, this enable larger events to be put together when there is a pool of fans that could be called upon to help. Matthew was part of this core group up in Auckland, and always did what he could to support the endeavours of other fans as they organised a range of fan events. I’ve personally witnessed Matthew transport items essential to the convention, to ensure it got to the convention in a timely manner. On a national level, Matthew was part of three Convention Committees or ConComs that I attended, making him one of the convention organisers. These being : Conquest 1995 : Role - Videos and Technical Support Conquest – the Second 1999 : Role - Videos and Technical Support OdysseyCon 2001 : Role - Technical Support OdysseyCon 2001 was the very successful NZ national convention that had Mercedes Lackey as the Author Guest of Honour. Like many science fiction fans, Matthew has an interest in real science and technology. He is a member of the New Zealand Spaceflight Association. He gets asked to comment about space events and is introduced as a “Space Commentator.” I have seen him on TV3’s Breakfast show talking about various space events more than once. Examples of him commenting on space news are here: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/matthew-pavletich-space-commentator-on-nasa-purposefully-smashing-n https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/05/spacex-launch-what-happens-if-something-goes-wrong.html https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2021/02/mars-2020-nasa-s-perseverance-rover-prepares-for-nail-biting-landing.html Lastly, Matthew has had a few pieces of short fiction professionally published. I have read one and it was science fiction.