The Sir Julius Vogel Awards, New Zealand's equivalent of the Hugo Awards, have recently opened for nominations. Nominations close on 31 March 2010.
Grant Stone has listed some possible contenders for the Vogels on his blog, and I naturally endorse his selection of Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry From New Zealand as one of the candidates! You can find SFFANZ's list of eligible novels on their site; I recently reviewed one of the listed novels, Lee Pletzers' The Last Church.
Short stories and collections are also listed - look for the 2009 publication dates - and I was pleased to see Voyagers contributions and contributors included on the list.
I want to browse through the lists and catch up on some work that I've missed out on reading before deciding what I'd like to nominate - but if you are ready to go with your nominations, here is the official word on how to proceed.
The Sir Julius Vogel sub-committee of SFFANZ is currently accepting nominations for science fiction and fantasy works first published or released in the 2009 calendar year.
Nominations open on 1 January 2010 and close on 31 March 2010 at 8pm.
For more information about SFFANZ and the SJV Awards, please go to the SFFANZ web-site http://sffanz.sf.org.nz/
To make a nomination please email sjv_awards (at) sffanz.sf.org.nz.. Anyone can make a nomination, and it is free of charge.
Please send one nomination per email and include as many contact details as possible for the nominee as well as yourself.
You can find full details about the nomination procedures and rules, including eligibility criteria at http://sffanz.sf.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml
A detailed nomination FAQ can be found at http://sffanz.sf.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwardsNominationGuidelines.shtml
The voting will occur at Au Contraire, http://www.aucontraire.org.nz/ - the national science fiction convention being held in Wellington, New Zealand over the weekend of the 27 - 29 August 2010.