Winners of the 2019 Norma K Hemming Award

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The 2019 Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction published in 2018, was presented on Saturday 8 June, 2019 at a ceremony at the Continuum convention in Melbourne.

It is with great pleasure we announce there was a tie in the Long Work category, with Sam Hawke’s City of Lies and Mother of Invention edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts sharing the top honour. The Short Fiction category was won by Stephanie Gunn for “Pinion”, from the anthology Aurum.

Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all the entrants for creating such a strong field. Thank you to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for their role in overseeing the Award, and to the jurors for their hard work, commitment and professionalism in delivering this year’s finalists and winners.

 

 

2019 Norma K Hemming Awards presentation

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The 2019 Norma K Hemming Awards will be presented during the Continuum Awards ceremony on Saturday 8 June, 2019.

Continuum is Melbourne’s annual fan run speculative fiction and pop culture convention. In 2019 the convention will be held over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June at Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

The Awards ceremony will take place at 4pm on Saturday 8 June, in the Magrathea Room at the Jasper Hotel. All Continuum events are ticketed, and you must purchase a membership or event ticket to attend. Full weekend, day membership and individual event tickets are available.

To attend the Awards ceremony only (which also includes the annual Ditmar Awards, the Peter McNamara Award and Chandler Award presentations, in addition to the Norma) costs $20.00 per ticket.

View prices for Continuum 15 here.

Purchase your ticket here.

2019 Norma K Hemming Finalists Announcement

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The Norma K Hemming Award, under the auspices of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF), announces the 2019 finalists.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is delighted to announce the 2019 shortlists for the Norma K Hemming Award, which covers works published in 2018. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the jury of the Norma K Hemming Award considered dozens of entries published in 2018 across the long and short form categories, comprised of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays.

The finalists for the Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words) are:

“Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com)
“The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone, TTA Press)
“With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Knitting Day “, Jen White (Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press)

The finalists for the Long Work category are:

Icefall, Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press)
City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor Books / Transworld)
Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)
The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)
Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)

The Norma K Hemming Award winners will be presented at Continuum 15 in Melbourne on Saturday June 8, 2019. The venue is the Jasper Hotel. More information about Continuum can be found here.

Norma K Hemming Award closed for the 2019 period

Entries for the 2019 Norma K Hemming Award, covering eligible work from 2018, closed on Thursday 31 January, 2019. It is with great pleasure we announce the following details about the entries.

In the short form category (work up to 17,500 words), 31 eligible entries were received.

In the long form category, 22 eligible entries were received, which included anthologies, novellas, stage plays and novel length works.

Entries were received from a variety of sources, including major publishers, small presses, and self-published authors.

The jurors are now examining the entries against the Norma K Hemming Award criteria of excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work. 

It is anticipated that shortlists will be released by the end of April, with the Award presentation to be held at the Continuum science fiction convention and Natcon in Melbourne over the June long weekend (7-10 June, 2019).

Change to jury – NKH Long Work category

We regretfully announce that one of our esteemed jurors, Stephanie Lai, has had to step down from the Long Work panel for 2019. We wish to thank Stephanie for her service in the 2018 and 2019 awards, and for her contributions to the direction of the Norma K Hemming Award during her time on the panel.

Fortunately, we have been able to fill the role for 2019 with another well-qualified person, and welcome Lyss Wickramasinghe to the team. Lyss is a freelance editor and avid reader of all things spec fic, specialising in world-building and character dynamics. As a bisexual woman of colour, she has a deep personal interest in the growing diversity of the sci-fi and fantasy genres.

We appreciate Lyss stepping in at very late notice, and look forward to working with her this year.

More information about our judging panels can be found here. A reminder that entries for the Award close on January 31, 2019, for all eligible and relevant Australian speculative work published in 2018.

Entries for the 2019 Norma K Hemming Award are now open

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The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is pleased to welcome entries in the Norma K Hemming Award for works published in 2018.

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Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the Norma K Hemming Award is now open for entries.

The award is open to short fiction, novellas, novels, anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays, and makes allowances for serialised work. Entry is free for all works, and entries may be provided to the judges in print or digital format.

Two prizes will be given, one for short fiction (up to 17,500 words) and one award for long work (novellas, novels, collections, anthologies, graphic novels and play scripts), with a cash prize and citation awarded.

Nominations are open to all eligible work produced in 2018.

“We encourage publishers and creators to carefully consider their work from the eligible period,” said award administrator Tehani Croft. “It is our goal to see all eligible material considered by the jurors. It is important to us that every person has the opportunity to see themselves reflected in fiction, and we hope that the Norma can have some part to play in making works dealing in themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction more visible.”

Nominations for the 2019 awards, covering all eligible work published in 2018, are now open.

Entries will close on January 31, 2019. We encourage immediate entry for all work.

For more information and to stay up to date, please see the new Award website at https://normakhemmingaward.org or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NKHAward/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/NKH_Award

For further information, please contact award administrator
Tehani Croft at nkh-award@asff.org.au.

Norma K Hemming Award – call for 2019 jury applications

The Norma K Hemming Award, under the auspices of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, is seeking suitably qualified jurors to fill the judging panel for the 2019 Award (for works published in 2018).

Please consider the position description below and submit an expression of interest in becoming a juror via the online form below by COB Friday July 13, 2018

Australian Science Fiction Foundation Position Description

Position: Norma K Hemming Award Judging Panel
Reports to: Norma K Hemming Award Administrator

A panel of eminent individuals in the Australian speculative fiction field will be convened to judge the entries to the NKH Award.

The NKH Award Administrator will administer the Award on behalf of the ASFF Committee.

There will be two categories: One award for short fiction (up to 17,500 words) and one award for long work (novellas, novels, collections, anthologies, graphic novels and play scripts).

Term of the Judging Panel/s

  1. Judges will be appointed for two years with no judge to serve more than four years. However, if no suitable candidates come forward, then an outgoing judge may serve another term of two years.
  2. The Administrator will oversee the recruitment of suitable Appointments to the Judging Panel will be reported to the ASFF Committee via the Committee Liaison.
  3. It is vital that judges be able to work as part of a team and meet stringent deadlines. Most of the judges’ discussions will be conducted via an online forum or email.
  4. The Administrator is an Executive Member of the Judging Panel. All discussions will be confidential between the Judges and the Award Administrator as required. The Administrator will have no input into these decisions unless a panel of judges is unable to reach a consensus.

Principles

The NKH Award Judging Panel is required to:

  • Read the annual award competition entries submitted according to the current Award Rules.
  • Apply the current Rules to determine a judgement/rating of the entry/ies and record these as per the designated procedure for doing so.
  • Liaise with other panel members regarding the entries in order to determine a winner in each category.
  • Notify the Administrator of final decisions via the designated procedure.
  • Panel sizes may vary between the two categories – and from year to year – depending on the perceived workload required and the availability of judges for a particular category. The Administrator will determine if more than one panel should be convened.
  • Most entries will be in a digital form; however, there may be some entries submitted as hard copy.
  • With the other members of the judging team, contribute to and prepare a panel report.
  • Any other duties which may be required.

Skills

  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the speculative fiction field.
  • Ability to meet designated deadlines.
  • Ability to work remotely/distance. Must have regular, reliable access to the internet and a personal computer/appropriate device.
  • Access to tools that enable reading of digital book formats, eg. Kindle or iBooks.
  • Must reside in Australia.

 

2018 Norma K Hemming Award Winners

The 2018 Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction published in 2016 and 2017, was presented on Friday 8 June, 2018 at a ceremony in Melbourne.

It is with great pleasure we announce that Claire G Coleman won the Long Work category with her novel Terra Nullius (Hachette), while the Short Fiction category was won by Foz Meadows, for “Coral Bones”, from Monstrous Little Voices (Abaddon Books).

Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all the entrants for creating such a strong field. Thank you to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for their role in overseeing the Award, and to the jury, Stephanie Gunn, Russell Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Lai and Alexandra Pierce, for their hard work, commitment and professionalism in delivering this year’s finalists and winners.

The 2019 Norma K Hemming Award will open to entries later this year.

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Norma K Hemming Awards Ceremony

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The Australia Science Fiction Foundation invites interested persons to join them at the 2018 Norma K Hemming Awards Ceremony, presenting the winners of the Award.

This is a free event for members of the Continuum convention. Other guests are welcome and encouraged, but a $5 cover charge is required by the convention. Free nibblies and a cash bar will be available.

WHEN: 8.30pm, Friday 8 June, 2018

WHERE: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook Event or email the Awards Administrator at nkh-award@asff.org.au.

2018 Norma K Hemming Finalists Announcement

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The Norma K Hemming Award, under the auspices of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF), announces the 2018 finalists.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is delighted to announce the 2018 shortlists for the Norma K Hemming Award, which covers works published in 2016-2017. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the jury of the Norma K Hemming Award considered 130 entries published in 2016 and 2017 across the long and short form categories, comprised of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays.

“As we grow the newly re-imagined Norma K Hemming Award, I see the Award allowing Australian specfic creators to recognise that as a community, our intersectional skills are lacking and we have so much potential to grow,” judge Stephanie Lai noted.

“Whittling down the short-list of nominees was a pleasant but difficult challenge – with two years to encompass, the field was strong and the conversation between the judges fierce.”

The 2018 jury, comprised of Stephanie Gunn, Russell Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Lai and Alexandra Pierce, spent several months reading and discussing the entries against the Award criteria, and are pleased to present the following shortlists.

The finalists for the Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words) are:

“Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity, Solaris)

“The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy!, Fantasy Magazine)

“Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)

“Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices, Abaddon Books)

“Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell (Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Memories of Fish”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 270, TTA Press)

“Two Somebodies Go Hunting”, Rivqa Rafael, (Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Did We Break the End of the World”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press)

The finalists for the Long Work category are:

The Barrier, Shankari Chandran, Pan Macmillan Australia

Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman, Hachette

Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer, Tor Books

Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench (Eds.), Twelfth Planet Press

An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen, Text Publishing

Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh, University of Queensland Press

How to Bee, Bren MacDibble, Allen & Unwin

An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows, Angry Robot Books

The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren, IFWG Publishing Australia

The winners of the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award will be announced at a ceremony taking place on the evening of Friday 8 June, 2018, at Continuum in Melbourne, with citations and a monetary prize being presented.

If you would like more details, please contact award administrator
Tehani Croft at nkh-award@asff.org.au.