The John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing was established to encourage reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science-fiction writing for feature film television web-series and interactive media.
Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde the award offers $10 000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.
John Hinde began his career as a journalist and was a correspondent in the Pacific during World War II. He became a film reviewer for the ABC in 1966 working in radio before making the transition to television in 1983. Later in his career Hinde gained a new generation of fans through appearances on programs such as McFeast. In 2002 he received an award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the film and media industry. He died aged 92 in 2006.