Norma K Hemming Award

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Norma K Hemming

The Norma K Hemming Award is regarded as a prestigious award

within the Australian speculative fiction community. 

 

"Norma Kathleen Hemming [1928-1960] was the first Australian woman to have a career entirely dedicated to science fiction."

- David Medlin, "I Wasn't Expecting That", Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, Issue #45, 2008, p. 3.

 

The Norma K Hemming award is given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class, or disability in a speculative fiction work by Australian citizens and/or residents.

 

Eligible work includes short stories, novellas, novels, collections, anthologies, graphic novels and stage play scripts.

 

The Award is given in two divisions: for short fiction (under 17,500 words) and long fiction (17,500 words or over).

Past recipients of the Award (2010 to 2016, 2018 to 2020) can be found here.

We invite people to join the ASFF Hemming subcommittee and contribute to a 2022 review of the award categories, nomination and judging processes, and community outreach.

The Administrator of this award is Geoff Allshorn, Vice President of the ASFF.

Diversity

The Norma K Hemming Award is an example of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to encouraging activism that is edgy, diverse, pluralist and inclusive.