Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

GHOST HAND up for a Cybil Award

2013 Cybils Bookmark


I am thrilled to announce that GHOST HAND has been nominated for the Cybil Awards, the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger Literary Awards, in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category. I am honored to be among so many great writers.

Thank you so much to Tanita Davis of Finding Wonderland, an amazing blog and blogger, for LOVING GHOST HAND and nominating it.

Finalists will be announced January 1, 2014, so keep you fingers crossed for me.

GHOST HAND: A 2013 Best Indie Book Semi-Finalist

Ghost Hand cover


I am thrilled to announce that GHOST HAND has been chosen as one of 50 books in the KINDLE BOOK REVIEWS 2013 BEST INDIE BOOKS in the YA category.

It was selected out of numerous entrants based on the strength of its opening chapters, and will now be read and judged in its entirety.  A FINAL FIVE books will be chosen in each category on September 1st, 2013, and a FINAL WINNER in each category will be chosen October 1st, 2013.

So, fans of GHOST HAND and THE PSS CHRONICLES, keep your fingers crossed and spread the news that one of you favorite books is a semi-finalist.

Also, GHOST HAND recently received its 5OTH 5-STAR REVIEW  on Amazon. Thank you to all of you who have read and supported the book.

I Have Woneth!

Apparently, last night I won an award in New Zealand (my recent home) for Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

The award is called the Sir Julius Vogel Award and it is given by SFFANZ (the New Zealand Sci-fi/Fantasy Fans Association) for various fan deeds, professional works, and service to the Spec Fic community.  The trophy for the award is made by the famed Weta Workshop and looks like this:

It was awarded to me based on my involvement in founding and establishing SpecFicNZ, the national association for writers, creators and editors of speculative fiction in and from New Zealand.

If you have been around my blog or website for a while, you may be familiar the with SJVs as I have had fiction nominated for it numerous times and won and SJV for best short story 2009. Yes, that means now I will have two lovely green trophies at my house.

First, thanks to all of you who have supported me and helped me make SpecFicNZ a thriving writers association. Thank you for honoring me in this way.

Second, I am very proud to be in the company of giants like Peter Jackson, Weta Worshop, Ken Catran, Margaret Mahy, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Phillip Mann, and Simon Litten in serving the amazing community of speculative fiction writers and readers in New Zealand.

Yes, this means a lot to me. So, thank you.

Help a Woman Win a Gemmell

Just a few more days until the voting for the Gemmell Morningstar Awards closes and my friend and high fantasy writer Helen Lowe’s “The Heir of Night” is in the final round of voting for the category Best Fantasy Newcomer.

Please make your vote before May 31st.

All you have to do to vote now is click Here

Then click again in the circle immediately above “The Heir of Night — Helen Lowe”

By way of added incentive, no book by a woman has yet won in either the Legend or Morningstar categories. Your support could well make that a thing of the past.

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.

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.

Short Story Winner

The Random Static anthology, A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, was officially launched on Friday, August 27th.  Claire Brunette did a reading of her story ‘Beneath the Trees’, after which many people bought books, happy authors collected their copies, and we lined up for signings. My story, ‘The Future of the Sky’, about sylph mythology is the first story in the book and Juliet Marillier’s beautiful ‘Back and Beyond’ closes the collection. Juliet did a reading of her story at the Con and it was very moving.

Au Contraire Competition

Many of the stories submitted to the anthology were selected via the open competition run in conjunction with Au Contraire. Entries were judged by author and Au Contraire Guest of Honour Sean Williams ( who commented:

“This was VERY difficult. Each of the top three was brilliant in its own way. Weird how themes of parenthood, dreams, and loss weave through all of them.”

And the winners are:

1st Place – ‘The Future of the Sky’ by Ripley Patton
2nd Place – ‘Dreams of a Salamander Nation’ by Susan Kornfeld
3rd Place – ‘Cry of a Distress Rocket’ by Brian Priestley
Honourable Mention – ‘Beneath the Trees’ by Claire Brunette

Congratulations, to my fellow writers, place-takers or not. The anthology is truly a work of art.


A Foreign Country is now available HERE and via an ever-expanding list of bookshops  in New Zealand including Parsons, Unity and The Bookie in Auckland and Arty Bees in Wellington (some of these may not have it on the shelves right now, but they should soon). We’re talking to a number more – if you have a connection to your local independent bookstore, please mention A Foreign Country to them. Bookshops which don’t have copies in stock will be able to order them in for buyers on request (if you know people wanting to do this, please give them the ISBN (978-0-473-16916-9). There will also be copies for sale at the Going West Festival, Armageddon in Auckland and other events to be confirmed.

And the Sir Julius Vogel Award Goes To…

Ripley Patton!

That’s right. I am just back from Au Contraire in Wellington and I’ve managed to bring home one of the coveted, sharp, green trophies made by The Weta Workshop. Thanks to all of you who nominated and voted for Corrigan’s Exchange (the winner) and Over the Rim.

I tied with Grant Stone, good friend and last year’s winner, for the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story.

I went up to the platform stunned, said some gibberish, and then sat down and promptly impaled my hand on the tip of my trophy. Yes, they are as sharp as they look.

But, at least forensically, there will never be any doubt whose trophy this is.

I was privileged to be in a long list of the following amazing 2010 SJV winners.

  • Best Novel: Beyond The Wall Of Time, Russell Kirkpatrick
  • Best YA Novel: Brainjack, Brian Falkner
  • Best Novella / Novellete: Wives, Paul Haines
  • Best Short Story (tie): “Corrigan’s Exchange,” Ripley Patton; “The Living Dead Boy,” Grant Stone
  • Best Collected Work: Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, Mark Pirie and Tim Jones
  • Best Artwork: The Test, Serena Kearns
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Under The Mountain
  • Best Professional Publication: Semaphore Magazine, edited by Marie Hodgkinson
  • Best New Talent: Simon Petrie
  • Best Fan Writing: Simon Litten for SJV Watch and SFFANZ Reviews
  • Best Fan Production: Coals to Newcastle (Short Film), Yvonne Harrison
  • Fan Publication (tie): Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell; Time Space Visualiser, Adam McGechan
  • Services to Fandom: David Lee Smith, the founder of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club
  • Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Philip Mann

Congratulations to you all, fine writers.


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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