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
Closed for Submissions
We are currently closed to submissions from editors and publishers for works first published in English in 2014. Watch this space for when we open to 2015 submissions. Please email admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org with any questions.
Complete eligibility guidelines can be found here.
Publishers are asked to submit works for consideration
The Shirley Jackson Awards does not ask for any fees to submit works, there is no form to complete, and there is no cap on the number of submissions. In order to assist us in tracking your submissions, please provide an email to admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org including:
1. Name of work(s)/ category (ies)
2. Name of publisher/ contact information
3. Approximate shipping date
Publishers may provide short fiction and novella entries electronically in both PDF and mobi formats to admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org. Please include the name of the work (abbreviated titles is acceptable) and the author (surname if abbreviated) in the title of the file.
Publishers are asked to provide novel, novelette, collections and anthologies as hard copies, with one copy sent to each juror. Mailing address of the jurors will be made available upon request.
Publishers are asked to carefully consider works to submit
The Board of Directors and the jurors ask publishers and editors to consider the nature of the Shirley Jackson Awards. Just as Shirley Jackson was published in many different venues, the award seeks to draw from many –- likely and unlikely — sources to find literature to celebrate. The volume of submissions is high, and, in consideration of our jurors, we respectfully ask the publishers submit works that are within the spirit of the award. For any questions, prior to submitting, please send an email to admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org.
Nick Harkaway wrote a blog post about his perspective when he was a judge reading for the Kitschies that is relevant to the experience of the Shirley Jackson Award jurors.
Please do not contact the jurors directly about questions pertaining to the administrative process about the awards, if you have previous or ongoing relationship. Please contact JoAnn Cox, Administrator, about any questions you may have.