Jurors Announced for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (October 2018) — 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 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:

Chikodili Emelumadu is a writer and broadcaster living in Brighton, East Sussex. She was nominated for a Shirley Jackson award in 2014 for her short story “Candy Girl.” She’s been published in Apex, One Throne, Eclectica and many other magazines and anthologies, including the collection African Monsters for which her story “Bush Baby” was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Literature in 2017. She is currently working on a short story collection, editing her first novel and is halfway through with its sequel. She tweets as @chemelumadu.

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of numerous books. His novels for young adults include Suicide NotesZ, and the forthcoming Love & Other Curses (HarperCollins). His novels for adults include Changing TidesThe Road Home, the Jane Bites Back trilogy, and the forthcoming Crookback John (ChiZine). His work has won five Lambda Literary Awards and the Jim Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and he has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist. His most recent novel, Lily (Lethe Press), was a Tiptree Award long list title, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a Shirley Jackson Award nominee.

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 and CLASH Media. 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 MFA and BA programs and is part of the team behind 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.

Lynda E. Rucker has sold dozens of short stories to various magazines and anthologies including Best New Horror, The Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Black Static, Nightmare, F&SF, Postscripts and Shadows and Tall Trees among others. She has had a short play produced as part of an anthology of horror plays on London’s West End, has collaborated on a short horror comic, and is a regular columnist for the UK horror magazine Black Static. In 2015, she won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story. Her first collection, The Moon Will Look Strange, was released in 2013 from Karōshi Books and her second, You’ll Know When You Get There, was published by Swan River Press in 2016. In 2018, she edited the anthology Uncertainties III for Swan River Press.

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 CLOSED TO 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.