Norma K Hemming Award short list FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday 19th March 2015
The following works have been shortlisted by the judges for the 2015 Norma K Hemming Award for race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction sponsored by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation: http://asff.org.au/.
The Female Factory by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter published by Twelfth Planet Press in November 2014
Nil By Mouth by LynC published by Satalyte Publishing in June 2014
North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier published by HarperVoyager in May 2014
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier published by Allen and Unwin in July 2014
The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly published by Affirm Press in July 2014
The award will be presented to the winner at Swancon 40, the 54th Australian Science Fiction Convention in Perth, on Sunday evening 5th April 2015.
For further information, please contact ASFF awards administrator Bill Wright:
Telephone: (03) 9534 0163
1 Park Street
St Kilda West
About the Award
The Norma K Hemming Award is given annually by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction first published either in Australia or by an Australian citizen.
The inaugural award was presented at Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne in 2010. The 2015 winner will be presented with the award trophy at Swancon 40, the 54th Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Perth, on 5th April 2015.
About the Judges
The award has a permanent panel of judges, comprising writer and editor Russell Blackford; editor Sarah Endacott; writer, editor and publisher Rob Gerrand; and writer Tess Williams.
About the Australian Science Fiction Foundation
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation was established in 1976 to carry on the work of Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne in 1975. It sponsors and encourages the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia.
About Norma K Hemming
Norma Kathleen Hemming (1928-1960) was a pioneer Australian feminist science fiction writer whose stories and stage plays were informed by her experiences as one of the few women active in science fiction in the 1960s. For more information, please refer to:www.asff.org.au, or to her Wikipedia entry at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_K._Hemming.