The shortlist for this year’s Norma K Hemming Award has been released and it features a strong and slightly larger field than last year if I recall correctly.
What’s the Award about?
Launched in 2010 by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, the award attempts to recognize excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, class and sexuality by an Australian Writer.
This year’s nominees are:
A Very Unusual Pursuit – City of Orphans by Catherine Jinks (Allen & Unwin)
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet Press)
Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan (HarperVoyager)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House)
Rupetta by N. A. Sulway (Tartarus Press (UK))
Trucksong by Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)
Very good to see a mix of publishers and publishers or different sizes.
Rupetta has already garnered a Tiptree and Fairytales for Wilde Girls an Aurealis. Caution: Contains Small Parts has been well received but seems to be a bit of a bridesmaid in awards this year, always featuring but just missing out.
In the end though its good to see an increase in the number of books being recognised for dealing with these themes.