The SJV Award Results

It has come to my attention that I have not mentioned the results of this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards (held June 5th)

My apologies. With my parents visiting and various new earthquakes rumbling in the background, it slipped my mind. Granted, it wouldn’t have slipped my mind if I’d won an award this year. I’m sure I would have shouted that from the rooftops despite everything. But I didn’t (win, that is) so I didn’t (shout, that is).

However, I would still like to thank all of you who nominated my story, “The Future of the Sky.” and voted for it on the final ballot. It lost to Paul Haines “High Tide at Hot Water Beach” in the Best Short Story category. I was disappointed, of course, but not too disappointed. I do already have an SJV¬†award, and perhaps one can’t be greedy. I had a wonderful evening at the banquet and a nice weekend at Context as a whole (though don’t ask me how many times my short story critique workshop was interrupted, or I shall go on a rather unpleasant rant).

I was thrilled to be able to congratulate my friend Helen Lowe for her win in the best novel category for Heir of Night. I was also happy to see my friend Anna Caro and Random Static take home an award for best publication, as well as Paul Mannering in the fan publication category, and Frank Victoria in the cover art category.

And while I would have loved to come home with another Weta designed short story trophy for my mantel, I feel content that I have moved on to novel writing, and it is going well, and the SJV’s certainly haven’t seen the last of me.

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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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