Press Release from SSFANZ


With thanks to June Young  who wrote it and sent it to me.



New Zealand Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Awards

Finalists for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Announced

Authors Nominated

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand is pleased to announce its list of finalists for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards celebrating popular consumer choice and excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Eligible works are from the 2008 calendar year.

“Deputy Dan & The Mysterious Midnight Marauder” created by Sally McLennan and illustrated by Joel Liochon, has been nominated in the category of Best Professional Publication. This is a fantasy story written entirely in poetry with illustrations on most pages, and about half the artwork in colour.

A full list of finalists by category can be seen at

Voting will take place at Conscription, the 30th New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 29 May – 1 June 2009. Conscription is taking place at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Mangere. Winners will be announced after the Conscription banquet on the Sunday night of the convention.

For more information about Conscription — including how to obtain tickets to attend — please visit

Poet and author Sally McLennan, will be attending Conscription in a private capacity.

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