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.The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards are 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.The jurors for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:

Nadia Bulkin writes scary stories about the scary world we live in, three of which have been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Her stories have been included in volumes of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and in venues such as Nightmare, FantasyThe Dark, and ChiZine. She has two political science degrees and lives in Washington, D.C.

Robert Levy is an author of stories, screenplays and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his first novel The Glittering World was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Shorter work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies like Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, Strange Aeons, and The Brooklyn Quarterly, among others.

Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.

Robert Shearman has written five short story collections, and collectively they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize and three British Fantasy Awards. He began his career in theatre, as resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in association with the Royal National Theatre. His interactive series for BBC Radio Four, The Chain Gang, ran for three seasons and won two Sony Awards. However, he may be best known as a writer for Doctor Who, reintroducing the Daleks for its BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award.

Chandler Klang Smith is a graduate of Bennington College and the creative writing MFA program at Columbia University. Her first novel, Goldenland Past Dark, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2013, and her second novel, The Sky Is Yours, is forthcoming from Hogarth/Crown January 2018.




The Board of Advisors is one of the most valuable assets of the Shirley Jackson Awards. Members of the Board offer advice regarding general matters connected with the awards and, most crucially,recommend works for SJA consideration. In so doing, they provide vital support to the mission of the jurors: to read as deeply and widely aspossible within the ever-widening borders of dark fiction. However, advisors may only recommend works to the jurors. Advisors do not nominate, vote on, tabulate, or otherwise administer the awards.Accordingly, works by members of the Board of Advisors are eligible for consideration for the awards.

Stefan Dziemianowicz has compiled more than forty anthologies of horror, mystery, and science fiction, and collections of macabre fiction by Louisa May Alcott, Robert Bloch, Joseph Payne Brennan, August Derleth, Henry Kuttner, Jane Rice, Bram Stoker, Henry S. Whitehead, and others. Aformer editor of Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction and the Necronomicon Press short fiction series, he co-edited Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia. He is the author of Bloody Mary and Other Tales for a Dark Night and The Annotated Guide to Unknown and Unknown Worlds. His reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus, and The Washington Post Book World.

Bill Congreve is a Sydney-based writer, editor, book reviewer and independent publisher. He has a BA in Communications and has received a William J. Atheling award for genre criticism, a Peter McNamara Convenor’s Award and an Australian Science Fiction Award, both for professional achievement,and an Australian Science Fiction Award for Best Collected Work. He has edited a number of short story collections, including Intimate Armageddons (Australia’s first modern, original horror anthology), Passing Strange, Bonescribes (with Robert Hood)and Southern Blood. He has acted as a judge for the Aurealis Award on seven occasions. He has published over forty short stories ina range of magazines and anthologies including Faerie Reel,Tenebres, Event Horizon, Terror Australis, Aurealis, Bloodsongs, and Cross-Town Traffic. His vampire stories have been collected in Epiphanies of Blood. He has been Aurealis magazine’s book reviewer for the last fifteen years, a position he has just resigned. Recent titles from his independent publishing company, Mirror Danse Books, include Rynosseros, by Terry Dowling, Written in Blood, by Chris Lawson, Immaterial: Ghost Stories,by Robert Hood, A Tour Guide in Utopia by Lucy Sussex, Confessions of a Pod Person, by Chuck McKenzie, and The Year’s Best Australian SF & Fantasy, Volumes One and Two, which heco-edited with Michelle Marquardt. He currently works as a technical writer, editor and desktop publisher in the emergency services sector in NSW. www.tabula-rasa.info/MirrorDanse/.

Liz Hand is the author of many novels, including Winterlong, Waking the Moon (Tiptree and Mythopoeic Award-winner), Glimmering, Mortal Love,and Generation Loss, and three collections of stories, most recently Saffron and Brimstone. She has also been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship. A regular contributor to the Washington Post and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.Hand lives with her family on the Maine Coast. www.elizabethhand.com

Mike O’Driscoll has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone,The 3rd Alternative, Back Brain Recluse, Inferno,The Dark, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #17, Gathering the Bones, Lethal Kisses, Poe’s Progeny, Nest New Horror #15 & 19, and Darklands vol 2. His first collection of stories, Unbecoming, was published by Elastic Press in 2006, and his short story ‘Sounds Like’ was filmed by Brad Anderson as part of the second season of cult horror series Masters of Horror. His column on horror and fantasy ‘Night’s Plutonian Shore’, appears in Black Static, and he is a regularreviewer of short fiction at The Fix Online.

Stewart O’Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels, The Speed Queen,A Prayer for the Dying and The Night Country.

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the forthcoming Library of America’s 2-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and two World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2006, he was given the HWA’s Life Achievement Award. In 2008, he was given the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers.

Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press and currently serves as the fiction editor for Weird Tales, the oldest fantasy magazine in the world. Work from her press has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, the IHG Award, and appeared in several year’s best anthologies. Ann has partnered with her husband, author Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award winning Leviathan series and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases.A guest editor for Best American Fantasy, she is currently co-editing the following anthologies: The New Weird, Steampunk, Fast Ships, Black Sails, Last Drink Bird Head, and Love-Drunk Book Heads. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer live in Tallahassee, Florida. www.weirdtalesmagazine.net.


F. Brett Cox, co-editor(with Andy Duncan) of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004); author of numerous short stories,critical essays, and reviews; English faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

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Jack Haringa is a writer, editor, critic, and teacher of speculative and dark fantastic literature. With S.T. Joshi he co-founded and was editor of Dead Reckonings, a review journal of horror, dark fantasy, and the weird published by Hippocampus Press. He teaches English at Worcester Academy, an independent school in Worcester, Massachusetts.

John Langan, author of short story collection Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime Books, forthcoming 2008) and numerous critical essays and reviews; English faculty at State University of New York-New Paltz.

Sarah Langan, author of novels The Keeper (Harper, 2006; finalist for Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel) and The Missing (Harper, 2007); MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; freelance writer currently living in New York City.

Paul Tremblay, author the novels The Little Sleep, No Sleep Till Wonderland, and Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye. He’s also the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time. 


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