Norma K Hemming Award


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.

Following a pandemic-era haitus of this Award, the ASFF committee has adopted the recommendation that it be resumed in 2023 after an evaluation and reworking in order to best meet the needs of our post-COVID world.

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


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