Award Nominations and a Fiction Freebie

The Sir Julius Vogel awards are fan-voted awards which recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by writers and creatives in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The winners are decided by a vote of the members of the SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc.

In 2020, my debut collection DARK WINDS OVER WELLINGTON was shortlisted for Best Collection, and I have to be honest, I’d be thrilled if my second collection, SEEDS, could squeak its way onto the shortlist this year too.

So, without any further ado, if you think I released anything award-worthy last year I’d be delighted if you might consider nominating me for a Sir Julius Vogel award. You don’t need to be an SFFANZ member, and nomination is quick and easy via this Google form.…/1FAIpQLSfZsd9LE1jVKx…/viewform

To make it as simple as possible, here’s a quick guide, and don’t forget to read to the end to find out about a very special offer:


SEEDS (pub. Oct 2021, Wild Wood Books) is eligible for Best Collected Work with a few of the stories included also eligible for the Best Short Story category – “That Quiet Voice,” “Marian,” “Birth Rites,” and “In Loving Memory.”

“Little Teeth” from TWISTED ANATOMY is also eligible for the Best Short Story award.

Best Art

The cover art of SEEDS entitled “The Life Inside” which I designed and drew, fits the Best Art category.

Best Production/Publication

For nonfiction, both, “What you need right now is a nice soothing horror story” published at The Spin Off and “Alone in the Dark: Isolation Horror” in Midnight Echo #16 are eligible for Best Production/Publication. I am particularly proud of The Spin Off article.

Best Fan Writing

In Best Fan Writing I offer: “This Book’s About What?!” a collaborative essay on content warnings and writing horror responsibility published by @DivinationBlog, “Robocop Vs Aliens: The Final Battle” at @ScifiandScary and “Sex, Death & Starshine: on Clive Barker” at @gjkendall


Finally, for this week only (5/2/22 – 12/2/22) so that you can get the chance to grab a copy and judge for yourself, I am making SEEDS completely FREE to download from Bookfunnel HERE

As always, thank you for supporting me and reading my work. I do what I do not only because I love it, but because I love creating things for others to enjoy too.