Entries for the 2019 Norma K Hemming Award are now open


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