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.

 

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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.  

Norma K Hemming entries closed for the 2018 period

Entries for the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award, covering eligible work from 2016 and 2017, closed on Thursday 25 January, 2018. It is with great pleasure we announce the following details about the entries.

In the new short form category (work up to 17,500 words), 68 entries were received.

In the expanded long form category, 62 entries were received. This included two anthologies, two collections, one graphic novel, eight novellas, four stage plays and 45 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 in April, with the Award presentation to be held at the Continuum science fiction convention in Melbourne over the June long weekend (8-11 June, 2018).

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation and the Norma K Hemming team would like to thank the Australian speculative fiction community for the support shown over the past months during the transition to the Award new structure.

Norma K Hemming entries close this THURSDAY

A reminder that entries for the newly revamped Norma K Hemming Award close this Thursday, January 25, 2018. We invite you to reflect on the work you have published in the past TWO years (the 2018 awards cover all eligible work from 2016 and 2017) with consideration of the guidelines provided at the website, and be sure to enter by the deadline.

The Norma K Hemming Award is designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.

It is open to entries of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays. Entry submissions may be digital or print for all submissions.

Norma K Hemming entries close in two weeks

A reminder that entries for the newly revamped Norma K Hemming Award close in a fortnight. We invite you to reflect on the work you have published in the past TWO years (the 2018 awards cover all eligible work from 2016 and 2017) with consideration of the guidelines provided at the website, and be sure to enter by the deadline.

The Norma K Hemming Award is designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.

It is open to entries of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays.

Entry submissions may be digital or print for all submissions.

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 from 2016 and 2017.

Nominations for the 2018 awards, covering all eligible work published in 2016 and 2017, are now open and will close on January 25, 2018.

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2018 Norma K Hemming Award Jury Announced

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

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is pleased to endorse the 2018 jury (judging works published in 2016-2017) for the Norma K Hemming Award. With a significant restructure taking place this year, applications for the panel were invited by a public expression of interest process. ASFF would like to acknowledge and thank the previous jurors of the award for their time and expertise during the first seven years of operation of the Norma K Hemming Award.

The members of the Norma K Hemming Award jury for 2018 are as follows:

Stephanie Gunn is a Ditmar and Aurealis award nominated author of speculative fiction. In another life, she was trained as a scientist, but the development of chronic illness forced her to choose another path, and she now focuses her energy on writing and reviewing. She has served as both judge and panel convenor for the Aurealis Awards over a variety of categories, and has previously judged the Australian Shadows Awards. She lives in Perth with her family and far too many books, and can be found online at www.stephaniegunn.com.

Stephanie Lai has an extensive knowledge of and interest in speculative fiction. She has been a wide reader of speculative fiction, with specific interest in speculative fiction written by non-white authors, and authors from non-western cultural backgrounds. This reading has been done both within and without Australia. She has in particular read extensively across Australian, South-East Asian, and South Asian speculative fiction, including writers from the diaspora.

Russell Kirkpatrick is originally from New Zealand but now lives in Canberra, Australia. He has written two fantasy trilogies, published by HarperCollins in Australasia and Orbit in the UK and US markets, and is a three-time Julius Vogel award winner. His debut novel, Across The Face Of The World, was the biggest-selling debut fantasy novel in the USA in 2008. Until 2014 he was a part-time lecturer in Geography at the University of Waikato and has had a number of non-fiction titles published, including the New Zealand Historical Atlas (winner of the Montana People’s Choice award in 1998) and Contemporary Atlas New Zealand (Montana awards finalist). His latest non-fiction project, Walks to Waterfalls, was published in November 2011.

Alexandra Pierce reads, teaches, blogs, podcasts, cooks, knits, runs, eats, sleeps, and observes the stars. Not necessarily in that order of priority. She is a Christian, a feminist, and an Australian. She is the editor of Letters to Tiptree and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler. She can be found at her website, and on the Hugo-winning Galactic Suburbia podcast.

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 to entries of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays. Entry submissions may be digital or print for all submissions. 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
from
2016 and 2017
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Nominations for the 2018 awards, covering all eligible work published in 2016 and 2017, are now open and will close on January 25, 2018. For more information and to stay up to date, please see the website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like more details, please contact award administrator
Tehani Croft.  

 

Norma K Hemming Award – open call for 2016-2017 jury

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 2016-2017 Award.

Please consider the position description below and submit an expression of interest in becoming a juror by email to the Award Administrator by COB Friday December 15, 2017. Be aware that no juror may enter their own work for consideration in the Awards for the duration of their tenure.

Please include a subject line “EOI: NKH Judging Panel”, and the following details in the body of the email:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Preferred email address (must be able to use to access Google docs and spreadsheets)
  • Telephone number
  • Short statement outlining experience and skills relevant to the role.

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 the 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.

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Entries are now open for the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is pleased to welcome entries in the Norma K Hemming Award for works published in 2016 and 2017.

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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 2016 and 2017.

“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 2018 awards, covering all eligible work published in 2016 and 2017, open November 8, 2017.

Entries will close on January 25, 2018. 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.