Jurors announced for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (September 2017) — 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 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:


Andy Duncan has won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards. His third fiction collection, An Agent of Utopia, is forthcoming from Small Beer Press in 2018. He is on the writing faculty of Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than 60 books. His novels for young adults include Suicide Notes, Z, and the forthcoming Funeral Music for Cicadas (HarperCollins). His novels for adults include Changing Tides, The Road Home, Jane Bites Back, 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.

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia Moreno-Garcia won a World Fantasy Award for her work as an editor on the anthology She Walks in Shadows. She is the author of Signal to Noise—winner of a Copper Cylinder Award, finalist of the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards—and Certain Dark Things, selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016. Her latest novel is the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones.

Robert Shearman has written five short story collections, and between them 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 the theatre; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award, and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in association with the Royal National Theatre. But he is probably best known for his work on Doctor Who, bringing back the Daleks for the 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.