Do you have a favourite sci fi, fantasy or horror story from 2019?

It’s award season – at least for the Hugos and the New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy awards – the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

The Sir Julius Vogels are the big one for me. I’ve been lucky enough to win in the past, so it’s always my top priority in award season.

And yes, you can nominate my work from anywhere in the world. While the award is for New Zealanders, anyone in the world can nominate – so long as you’ve read the work or enjoyed the art you’re nominating. It’s easy. You can vote for your favourite NZ science fiction movies, tv, art and literature here.


If you love Omens (or the cover art), I’d love you to pop over to the webform, here and add this SJV info into the easy, peasy, handy form:

Title: Omens

Author: A.J. Ponder (or artist Craig Phillips)

Category: Best Youth Novel (or best Professional Art)

Publisher: Phantom Feather Press

Published: November 2019

Sir Julius Vogel Award 2020 submission

I’ll also hasten to add there are a lot of awesome authors in New Zealand vying for this privilege – and if you love them you should vote for them, too. (Lee Murray, Eileen Mueller, Dan Rabarts, just to name a few.)

And yes, you could also nominate Prophecy, because that was also released in 2019, but I’m trying to avoid splitting my vote/nominations, because it’s going to be a big year this year. That’s because lots of authors are coming out of the woodwork for the Worldcon being held in Wellington this year. It’s all very exciting, and I for one, can’t wait.

Thank you so much for your time, and happy reading


And if you haven’t read Omens, there’s still a little time…

The Hugo Awards

If you’re crazy about your science fiction and fantasy, you’ve almost certainly heard of the Hugo Awards. But until recently I had little idea about how they actually work, aside from a vague notion that they’re given away annually at the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention.

For more on the Hugo Awards, or you’re coming to World Con (CoNZealand) and you want to find out how to nominate my series The Sylvalla Chronicles click here.

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