emma_in_dream: (trance)
It is with much regret that the Australian Science Fiction Foundation announces that, after considered deliberations by the Award Judges, there will be No Award for the Norma K Hemming Award in 2017.
The Norma K. Hemming Award is given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by an individual author, produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens and first published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.

The Award will not necessarily be given annually, and a selection will only be made if there is a work that meets an appropriate standard of excellence and meets the eligibility criteria.

Jurors for the award are editor Sarah Endacott, writer, editor and publisher Rob Gerrand and writers Tess Williams and Sean McMullen. The ASFF Committee thanks the judges for their work and commitment on the 2017 competition.

The Norma K Hemming Award for 2018 (for works published in the 2017 calendar year) will open later this year. There will be some changes on how to enter the Norma K Hemming Award for the 2018 competition.
emma_in_dream: (Highlander)
Nominations can now be submitted for the 2013 Norma K Hemming award coordinated by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. Send nominations to:

Bill Wright
Awards administrator
Australian Science Fiction Foundation
Website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/
Tel: (03) 9534 0163
E-mail: bilw@iprimus.com.au
emma_in_dream: (Alice Liddell)
If I had been organised I would have reread *P&P* in time for the 200th anniversary of its publication. Maybe in February.

Instead I read a whole heap of Nerina Hilliard romances. You may know her better as Norma K Hemming, who, in her pursuit of a professional writing career, wrote several Mills and Boons which are really alien first contact stories.



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emma_in_dream: (david)
The entry form for the 2013 Norma K Hemming Award is available at: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/
emma_in_dream: (Bouguereau)
The Australian Science fiction Foundation today announced the short list for the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award for race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. The Winner will be announcedat the 51st Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne.

The Short List, in alphabetical order, is…

Black Glass novel by Meg Mundell published by Scribe Publications

Bluegrass Symphony collection by Lisa L Hannett published by Ticonderoga

The Devil’s Diadem novel by Sara Douglass (1957 – 2011) published by HarperCollins

Eona novel by Alison Goodman published by HarperCollins

Hindsight novel by A A Bell published by HarperCollins

Nightsiders novel by Sue Isle published by Twelfth Planet Press

Road To The Soul novel by Kim Falconer published by HarperCollins

The Shattered City novel by Tansy Rayner Roberts published by HarperCollins

Yellowcake Springs novel by Guy Salvidge published by IP

Congratulations to those short listed!
emma_in_dream: (Default)
I've just read this year's Norma K Hemming award winner - *Diamond Eyes* by A.A. Bell. It really is a very interesting read.
emma_in_dream: (monk)
The 2011 Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction was won by A.A. Bell for *Diamond Eyes*.

I've reserved it at my local library!
emma_in_dream: (Default)
The Norma K. Hemming Award

Until now there has been no specifically ‘feminist’ award for SF in Australia. Following representations by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), ASSF has decided to sponsor and administer a jury award to be known as the Norma K Hemming Award. The award will mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in science fiction produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens and first published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.

Norma Kathleen Hemming (1927-1960) was an Australian fan and author whose work was informed by her experiences as one of the few women active in science fiction in her time.

There's more information at: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/#hemming
emma_in_dream: (Jeremiah)
The New Arcturians are presenting a staged reading with costumed readers from Norma Hemming’s last play ‘The Matriarchy of Renok’ at Aussiecon 4 (68th Worldcon at Melbourne’s new South Wharf Conventions Centre on 2-6 September 2010).

There will be retro-1950s visual imagery by artist and film technician Lewis P Morley. It’s also possible the performance will be professionally filmed.

The performance will be directed by author Sean McMullen who has expertise in producing plays. Lewis P Morley is handling the creative side and will take over the Narrator’s role.

You all have to go and tell me what it is like!
emma_in_dream: (Default)
Remember the Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of race, gender, class and sexuality in Australian speculative fiction or related arts and media? The inaugural presentation of which will take place at the ‘other-than-Hugo-Awards’ ceremonies at Aussiecon 4 (68th Worldcon at Melbourne).

In addition to the presentation, the following events at Aussiecon 4 will celebrate the advent of this important new award:
· A reading from Norma Hemming’s last play *The Matriarchy of Renok* scripted by Sean McMullen, with costumed readers and retro-1950s visual imagery by artist Lewis P Morley;
· The launch by Helen Merrick of an anthology of Norma Hemming’s stories edited by Dr Toby Burrows, Head of the Scholars Centre at the University of Western Australia; and
· Publication in the Aussiecon 4 Souvenir Book of the attached half page ad giving a historical perspective to the Award to complement the Norma Hemming biography, details of the award named in her honour and entry rules for submissions to the 2010 award in the ASFF website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/hemming.htm.
emma_in_dream: (shakespeare)
Excellent progress on the Norma K Hemming award.

Dr Toby Burrows will be launching an anthology of Norma Hemming's stories at Aussiecon 4. And there will be a performance of her play *The Matriarchy of Renok* with a modified script by Sean McMullen and visual imagery by Lewis Morley before the awards ceremony.

Thanks to Sarah Xu, Sarah Endacott and Bill Wright for working on this.
emma_in_dream: (Due South)
The rules and entry form for the Norma K Hemming Award for race, gender, class and sexuality in speculative fiction are now available!

Now posted on http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/hemming.htm

You have until July 31st, 2010, to submit a work for consideration by the jurors. The award will be presented at Aussiecon 4 (68th SF Worlcon in Melbourne on Sep 2-6, 2010).

If submitting a work via e-mail to bilw@iprimus.com.au, please attach JPEG of the completed entry form and PDF of the work. If by mail to C/o Meteor Inc, PO Box 260, Flinders Lane PO VIC 8007, please include one copy of the entry form and six copies of the work. Entries via faxsimile are not permitted.

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