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 horror, the dark fantastic, and psychological suspense.

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 English in the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Fiction, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

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.



Complete eligibility guidelines can be found here.

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 publishers to submit works within the spirit of the award.

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. Please contact JoAnn Cox, Administrator, about any questions you may have by sending an email to admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org .

To have your email address included on a notification list when submissions open for works first published in English in 2022, please email admin at shirleyjacksonawards dot org .