It’s Sir Julius Vogel nomination time!

It’s that time of the year again – not long until the Sir Julius Vogel award nomination period ends (Feb 2nd!!). Normally I’m a little more on to it than this, but with everything that’s been going on for the last couple of months, it’s slipped my mind entirely!

So, to cut to the chase, I actually have some stuff eligible this year! I had four releases in 2017, though I don’t think Serafina’s Flame qualifies as the first third was previously published as Burn and was nominated some years ago.

This leaves Beneath Broken Waves or Of Souldust and Starlight in the novella category and In the Earth’s Embrace in the novel category (huzzah! a longer work!). If you read these books and think they are worthy of a nomination, then you can click on this shiny form and fill in the details. It’s pretty straightforward. Please only nominate something if you really did enjoy it though!

I’d also like to note that if you think any of these covers are particularly good (I think they are ALL beautiful), then you can also nominate my cover designer Kate Strawbridge from Dwell Design & Press for best artwork.

Normally I’d make note of some of the amazing work by other authors I think should be nominated but I’ve had a headache for weeks now and I can’t think straight. I need to do some looking around myself to find out what was published in that period so I can get nominating too!


Winning awards

Last night, Tales for Canterbury won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Fiction. Anna was kind enough to post evidence on my facebook page because I was totally surprised!

This anthology taught me so much. It was a huge undertaking that really pushed me out of my writer shell and helped me to build connections with other writers both within New Zealand, and outside of it. Anna was the best co-editor I could ever ask for, and I would totally do it again (though, preferably with a longer deadline! lol).

I’m still a little stunned, and I can’t stop looking at that picture. And grinning.

I’ve said it before on other forms of media, but thanks again to everyone who was involved. And not just those who contributed stories but those who cheered us on and gave us support and encouragement in other ways. This was a team effort, and a total privilege to work on. What began as a way to help Christchurch turned out bigger and better than I ever expected.

Thank you all.