Jurors Announced for

the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (September 2019) — 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 the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Fiction, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The jurors for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:

Australian author, artist, and award-winning filmmaker Aaron Dries “helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age” (Brian Keene, author of The Rising). His debut novel House of Sighs was written whilst back-packing through South East Asia, including Thailand, where inspiration struck for his book A Place For Sinners. Aaron won the Leisure Books/ChiZine/Rue Morgue Magazine Fresh Blood contest, and later released The Fallen Boys, described by filmmaker Mick Garris (director of Stephen King’s The Stand and Masters of Horror) as “beautiful and brutal”. He collaborated with Mark Allan Gunnells on the apocalyptic thriller Where the Dead Go to Die, and recently published the novellas And the Night Growled Back and The Sound of His Bones Breaking. For more information visit aarondries.com or contact him on Twitter @AaronDries  

Linda D. Addison is the award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the 2018 recipient of HWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Check out her latest poetry in The Place of Broken Things, written with Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2019). She is the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award® and has published over 350 poems, stories, articles; and is a member of CITH, HWA, SFWA, and SFPA. Her site: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com.

Joshua Gaylord is the author of When We Were Animals and Hummingbirds.  Under the pen name Alden Bell, he has also written the post-apocalyptic zombie novel The Reapers Are the Angels and its sequel, Exit Kingdom.  For twenty years, he has taught English at a private high school in Manhattan.  He has been twice nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. Find him on Facebook or at his website joshuagaylord.com.

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, translator, professor, and literary critic living in Austin, TX. His most recent novel, Zero Saints, was nominated to the Wonderland Book Award, optioned for film, and translated into Spanish and published in Spain. His fiction has appeared in a plethora of publications as well as in crime, horror, and bizarro fiction anthologies. His reviews have appeared in places like Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, HorrorTalk, Criminal Element, Marginalia, The Brooklyn Rail, Heavy Feather Review, Crimespree Magazine, Verbicide, PANK Magazine, The Collagist, and many other print and online venues. His nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, El Nuevo Dia, LitReactor, and others. He is the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine, the TV/film editor at Entropy Magazine, and a columnist for LitReactor. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.

Kate Maruyama‘s novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North in 2013 and her short story, “Akiko” is featured in Phantasma: Stories and “Crying Wolf” is featured in Winter Horror Days. “La Calavera” can be found in Halloween Carnival: Volume 3. Her short, non-genre fiction has been published in Arcadia Magazine, Stoneboat and on Role RebootGemini MagazineSalonThe Rumpus and Duende, among others.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she is now affiliate faculty in their BA programs and teaches with their extended education online program, inspiration2publication.com. She is an instructor with Writing Workshops Los Angeles and co-founded and edits the literary website, Annotation Nation. Her website is katemaruyama.com. You can find her on Twitter at @katemaruyama or on Instagram at @katemaruyama.
Eligibility guidelines for the Shirley Jackson Awards can be found here:

http://shirleyjacksonawards.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html

We ask that submissions be sent no later than January 31, 2020.  In cases of extreme weather, the deadline may be extended.
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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.

Website:      ShirleyJacksonAwards.org

 

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

CURRENTLY OPEN FOR 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 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.