Alright, I admit it: I have a hard time doing this. I’m bad at asking for awards nominations and I’ve put this post off for days. But in the immortal words of starving artists since the dawn of time: ‘Everyone’s doing it.’ So I humbly beg you to consider…
Nah, scrap that, too shrinking violet, start again.
Hey, guess what? You, yes you, born and bred New Zealander or legally resident alien (with green antennae) can nominate ‘Tymon’s Flight’ in the Best Novel category for the Sir Julius Vogel awards, NZ’s very own personal speculative fiction award! It’s a popular vote award, so go ahead, don’t be shy! You’ll get your own, free copy of ‘Women’s Daily’ thrown in to sweeten the deal –
No? Too car-salesman-y? Alright, how about this then:
At the moment we’re at the nomination fest stage: ie, you can nominate any and all NZ speculative fiction that rocked your boat in 2010. So put a word in for me, put a word in for Helen, and while you’re at it all those other excellent NZ specfic writers who have had work published in 2010. Karen Healey and Ripley Patton spring to mind: I’m sure there are more!
(I was lying about the Women’s Daily. But I can send virtual chocolate.)
EDIT: the most insightful Ross points out in comments that you don’t have to be a NZ resident or actually possess green antennae to nominate. Just being human, as opposed to a corporation, is enough.