- Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
- Winter be my Shield by Jo Spurrier
- Besieged, Exile, and Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells
- Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
The Norma K Hemming Award :
marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability:
in the form of science fiction and fantasy or related artwork or media.
produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens.
first published, released or presented in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.[source]
I have read 4 of the above titles and concur with the judges selections. I haven’t read the Jo Spurrier (it’s in my non reviewing TBR pile) but I have heard some very good things. I would have been severely (yes severely) perturbed if Rowena hadn’t made the list because there’s a whole lot of gender commentary wrapped up in some of the best gritty dark fantasy on the market.
For judges comments you can go here.
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