Jurors Announced for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (May 2019) — In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has 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.  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 nominees for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards are:

NOVEL

Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)

In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group)

Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day/Raven Books)

We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books)

NOVELLA

Judderman, DA Northwood (Gary Budden) (Dead Ink Books/Cinder House Publishing)

The Atrocities, Jeremy C. Shipp (Tor.com)

The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com)

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, John Hornor Jacobs (HarperCollins Publishers)

The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza (Dorothy, a Publishing Project)

NOVELETTE

“Adriftica,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Robots vs. Fairies)

“Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes,” D.P. Watt (The Silent Garden)

Ghostographs: An Album, Maria Romasco Moore (Rose Metal Press)

“Help the Witch,” Tom Cox (Help the Witch)

“The Black Sea,” Chris Mason (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, April 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 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.