Third Year on the SJV Final Ballot

Well, we did it again.

Thanks to all of you who read me and support my work, once again a short story of mine has made it onto the final ballot for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

In 2009, my sci-fi story “The Derby” made it onto the final ballot for the 2008 awards.
In 2010, my novelette “Over the Rim” and my short story “Corrigan’s Exchange” made it onto the final ballot for the 2009 awards, and “Corrigan’s Exchange” tied for best short story and secured me my first SJV trophy shown below.

And now in 2011, my fantasy story “The Future of the Sky” made it onto the final ballot for the 2010 awards. “The Future of the Sky” was published in the wonderful collection A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, which also secured a final ballot nomination for Best Collected Work. “The Future of the Sky” is available on free podcast HERE, thanks to SpecFicNZ member Matt Cowens and dear friend and fellow-writer Angel McCoy.

Thank you so much for all of you who read it, or listened to the podcast, and put in your nominations.

It means the world to me.

I am also thrilled to point out that members of SpecFicNZ, the national association of speculative fiction writers I founded, hauled away a whopping FOURTEEN FINAL BALLOT NOMINATIONS. The complete list of final ballot nominees can be found HERE.

I am so proud to be a part of such a talented community of writers.

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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