Norma K Hemming Award


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 is usually presented at the annual Australian Science Fiction Convention and is regarded as one of the prestigious awards given to Australian speculative fiction.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) presented the inaugral Norma K Hemming Award at Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne on 2–6 September 2010. It was suggested by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation, which, in 2007, referred it to the ASFF for implementation.

Jurors for the award are editor Sarah Endacott, writer, editor and publisher Rob Gerrand and writers Tess Williams and Sean McMullen.

For more information about the Award and entry, please contact the Awards Administrator Tehani Croft for further information: <>

Past Winners of the Norma K. Hemming Award

2016 Louise Katz for her novel “The Orchid Nursery”
2015 Paddy O’Reilly for her novel “The Wonders”
2014 N.A. Sulway for her novel “Rupetta”
2013 Margo Lanagan for her novel “Sea Hearts”
2012 Anita Bell writing as A.A. Bell for her novel “Hindsight”

Sara Warneke writing as Sara Douglass for her novel “The Diamond Diadem”

2011 Anita Bell writing as A.A. Bell for her novel “Diamond Eyes”
2010 Maria Quinn for her novel “The Gene Thieves”

The Life and Times of Norma K. Hemming

Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956.
Norma K. Hemming in costume in 1956.

Norma Kathleen Hemming (1928-1960) was a British author who migrated to Australia in 1948 and wrote for local pulp magazine Thrills Incorporated and enthusiastically participated in the Australian fan scene.

She was a founding member of the femme fan group Vertical Horizons, and wrote and acted for the SF theatrical group The Arcturian Players.

Norma returned to international publishing in the late 1950s with stories in Nebula SF and New Worlds, but died at the age of 31 of breast cancer on 4 July 1960.

Before her death Norma wrote eight romance novels for Mills and Boon (for details please visit: Wikipedia), and through these she had a long posthumous career under the pseudonym Nerina Hilliard. They were published from 1958 to 1977, returning royalties to her estate for three decades.

Dr Toby Burrows (Scholars Centre, University of Western Australia) has published an edition of Norma Hemming’s collected science fiction writing called Dwellers in Silence: Stories and Plays by Norma Hemming, published by The Hilliard Press in 2010, ISBN 978-1-4461-4001-7. It is also available for purchase online from Lulu.

The Matriarchy of Renok

Read the Staged reading from Norma Hemming’s ‘The Matriarchy of Renok’  performed at Aussiecon 4