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.

ASFF 26 November 2017

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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.

Announcing the Norma K Hemming Award restructure

Significant changes for the Norma K Hemming Award

The Norma K Hemming Award, under the auspices of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF), announces significant changes to the Award structure.

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, which has been running since 2010, has had a major overhaul this year, with new categories and a two year cycle.

The award is now open to short fiction and edited anthologies, alongside the previous eligible work of novellas, novels, collections, graphic novels and stage plays. It will also make allowances for serialised work. In addition, entry submissions may be digital or print for all submissions.

Two prizes will now 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.

For the first cycle, nominations will be open to all eligible work from 2016 and 2017.

“We are very excited to relaunch the Norma K Hemming Award this year with some changes we hope will revitalise this prestigious award,” said newly appointed award administrator Tehani Croft. “The ASFF is committed to recognising the wealth of talent among Australian speculative fiction creators, and to identify, promote and support those who are writing material of importance in exploring race, gender, sexuality, class or disability. 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 this field visible.”

Nominations for the 2018 awards, covering all eligible work published in 2016 and 2017, will open in early November. 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

If you would like more details about the changes or eligibility period, please contact award administrator Tehani Croft at nkh-award@asff.org.au.