2012 Award Winners Announced

Boston, MA (July 2013) — The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced.

The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 14th at Readercon 24, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Hosted by Readercon 24 Guest of Honor, Maureen McHugh.

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

PLEASE NOTE: While the jurors commit to reading widely within the genres and pursuing all recommendations made by the advisory board, only book and magazine (both online and print) publishers may formally submit works to the jury.

Please contact Administrator JoAnn Cox for details: admin [at] shirleyjacksonawards [dot] org

Open for Submissions

We are currently Open and accepting publisher submissions to The Shirley Jackson Awards for works published in 2013 until February 1st.