The winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Award, New Zealand’s annual recognition for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing, were recently announced. The Best Youth Novel was awarded to Fredrik Brouneus for his novel, The Prince of Soul and the Lighthouse. The Best Collected Work was awarded to Matt and Debbie Cowens for their collection of short stories titled Mansfield with Monsters. They also received the Vogel Award for Best New Talent.
Wellington City Libraries were fortunate to host these writers and others in March at the Words on the Wind speculative fiction evening. Both winning novels were published by independent publishers Steam Press, who have recently published Joseph Edward Ryan’s The Factory World.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards began in 1989 and were initially known as the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards. Since 2002 several new professional award categories have been included, while still retaining some fan based awards, and they are now organised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand with the awards being made annually at the New Zealand Science Fiction Convention.