THE AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131.
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Applications are open for the 2017 Norma K Hemming Award!
The award is given by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in a speculative fiction novel or novella (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) or a collection of shorter works by an individual author, produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens and first published in calendar year 2016.
The closing date for entries is Friday 13 January 2017.
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (affectionately known as the Foundation) was formally established in 1976, partially to carry on the work of Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention.
Its main purpose is to sponsor and encourage the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia. The Foundation does that through the sponsorship and administration of writing workshops and short story competitions, seed loans to national conventions, and the publication of its newsletter, The Instrumentality. The Foundation has, since its inception, been a resource centre for everyone involved in Science Fiction in Australia.
The Foundation was the nucleus for the successful Aussiecon II bid and its members worked, along with many others, to run the 1985 Worldcon in Melbourne. In March 1988, the Foundation became an incorporated association.
The results of the Foundation's work can be seen at many conventions, for the Foundation lends seed money to get Natcons up and running. It also provides the funds for prizes in short story competitions. Help the Foundation carry on its good work - join now!
In 1991 the Foundation set about establishing a new award for "Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction".
In recognition of the contribution that science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler made to Australian Science Fiction, and because of his patronage of the Foundation, the new award (after gaining the approval of Bert's widow Susan) is called the Chandler. Unlike the Ditmars, this award is decided upon by a jury and, although nominally an annual award presented in conjunction with the National Science Fiction Convention, is not necessarily presented every year.
The first Chandler Award was presented in 1992 to Van Ikin at the National Science Fiction Convention - SynCon '92. Subsequent winners were Merv Binns, George Turner, Wynne Whiteford, Grant Stone, Susan Batho(Smith-Clarke), Graham Stone, John Bangsund, John Foyster, Lucy Sussex, Lee Harding, Bruce Gillespie, Rosaleen Love, Damien Broderick, Paul Collins, Richard Harland, Russell B. Farr, Danny Oz, Donna Maree Hanson and James (Jocko) Allen.
Nominations for the Chandler Award are always open. Just drop a note to the Secretary via the post box or email.
Previously there had been no specifically ‘feminist’ award for SF in Australia. Following representations by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), the ASFF decided to sponsor and administer a jury award known as the Norma K. Hemming Award. The award marks 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.
Jurors for the Award are editor Sarah Endacott, editor-publisher Rob Gerrand, and writers Tess Williams and Sean McMullen.
Norma Kathleen Hemming (1928-1960) 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.
The Foundation is pleased to announce that four fan funds have taken advantage of using a sub-account under the ASFF's main account to avoid the difficulties and expense of having to set up new accounts each time the administrators change. The account fees are negligible.
The Foundation currently supports these Fan Funds:
DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund). DUFF was set up in 1972 to strengthen links between Australian/New Zealand and North American science-fiction fans.
FFANZ (Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand). FFANZ fosters links between New Zealand and Australian fans.
GUFF (Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or Going Under Fan Fund - depending on which way you're going!) GUFF gives European and Australasian fans a presence at each other's top science -fiction conventions.
NAFF (National Australia Fan Fund). Helps Australian fans from interstate attend the Australian science-fiction convention.
Since 1992, the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) has provided sponsorship funds to the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (The Natcon) to run an Amateur Science Fiction competition. Originally the competition was for short stories but may now also encompass work created on digital media (short films or audio productions).
We have prepared a set of guidelines that may assist the convention committee in running an amateur SF competition, particularly if they haven't run a competition before.
For more information about how your convention can participate please contact the ASFF secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result of the generous donation Bill Wright, the Foundation has begun a memorabilia collection of fanzines, convention booklets, etc., some as early as from the 1950s. It is now housed at the Melbourne Science Fiction Club but may be accessed by fans. An audio/visual collection, such as the Anti-fan films, is also stored there. Any donations of films, photos, audio tapes are gratefully accepted.
There is an annual membership fee of $A20.00 for both local and overseas members. (Overseas members please send cheques made out in Australian dollars.)
Last Update: 2 August 2016.