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 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:


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.



The Board of Advisors is one of the most valuable assets of the Shirley Jackson Awards. Members of the Board offer advice regarding general matters connected with the awards and, most crucially,recommend works for SJA consideration. In so doing, they provide vital support to the mission of the jurors: to read as deeply and widely aspossible within the ever-widening borders of dark fiction. However, advisors may only recommend works to the jurors. Advisors do not nominate, vote on, tabulate, or otherwise administer the awards.Accordingly, works by members of the Board of Advisors are eligible for consideration for the awards.

Stefan Dziemianowicz has compiled more than forty anthologies of horror, mystery, and science fiction, and collections of macabre fiction by Louisa May Alcott, Robert Bloch, Joseph Payne Brennan, August Derleth, Henry Kuttner, Jane Rice, Bram Stoker, Henry S. Whitehead, and others. Aformer editor of Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction and the Necronomicon Press short fiction series, he co-edited Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia. He is the author of Bloody Mary and Other Tales for a Dark Night and The Annotated Guide to Unknown and Unknown Worlds. His reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus, and The Washington Post Book World.

Bill Congreve is a Sydney-based writer, editor, book reviewer and independent publisher. He has a BA in Communications and has received a William J. Atheling award for genre criticism, a Peter McNamara Convenor’s Award and an Australian Science Fiction Award, both for professional achievement,and an Australian Science Fiction Award for Best Collected Work. He has edited a number of short story collections, including Intimate Armageddons (Australia’s first modern, original horror anthology), Passing Strange, Bonescribes (with Robert Hood)and Southern Blood. He has acted as a judge for the Aurealis Award on seven occasions. He has published over forty short stories ina range of magazines and anthologies including Faerie Reel,Tenebres, Event Horizon, Terror Australis, Aurealis, Bloodsongs, and Cross-Town Traffic. His vampire stories have been collected in Epiphanies of Blood. He has been Aurealis magazine’s book reviewer for the last fifteen years, a position he has just resigned. Recent titles from his independent publishing company, Mirror Danse Books, include Rynosseros, by Terry Dowling, Written in Blood, by Chris Lawson, Immaterial: Ghost Stories,by Robert Hood, A Tour Guide in Utopia by Lucy Sussex, Confessions of a Pod Person, by Chuck McKenzie, and The Year’s Best Australian SF & Fantasy, Volumes One and Two, which heco-edited with Michelle Marquardt. He currently works as a technical writer, editor and desktop publisher in the emergency services sector in NSW. www.tabula-rasa.info/MirrorDanse/.

Liz Hand is the author of many novels, including Winterlong, Waking the Moon (Tiptree and Mythopoeic Award-winner), Glimmering, Mortal Love,and Generation Loss, and three collections of stories, most recently Saffron and Brimstone. She has also been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship. A regular contributor to the Washington Post and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.Hand lives with her family on the Maine Coast. www.elizabethhand.com

Mike O’Driscoll has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone,The 3rd Alternative, Back Brain Recluse, Inferno,The Dark, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #17, Gathering the Bones, Lethal Kisses, Poe’s Progeny, Nest New Horror #15 & 19, and Darklands vol 2. His first collection of stories, Unbecoming, was published by Elastic Press in 2006, and his short story ‘Sounds Like’ was filmed by Brad Anderson as part of the second season of cult horror series Masters of Horror. His column on horror and fantasy ‘Night’s Plutonian Shore’, appears in Black Static, and he is a regularreviewer of short fiction at The Fix Online.

Stewart O’Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying and The Night Country.

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the forthcoming Library of America’s 2-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and two World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2006, he was given the HWA’s Life Achievement Award. In 2008, he was given the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers.

Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press and currently serves as the fiction editor for Weird Tales, the oldest fantasy magazine in the world. Work from her press has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, the IHG Award, and appeared in several year’s best anthologies. Ann has partnered with her husband, author Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award winning Leviathan series and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases.A guest editor for Best American Fantasy, she is currently co-editing the following anthologies: The New Weird, Steampunk, Fast Ships, Black Sails, Last Drink Bird Head, and Love-Drunk Book Heads. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer live in Tallahassee, Florida. www.weirdtalesmagazine.net.

Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than ninety science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, The Doll Collection, Children of Lovecraft, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, Black Feathers, Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association anthology (with Lisa Morton), and Mad Hatters and March Hares.

Forthcoming are The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea and Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories.

She’s won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre,” was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar. More information can be found at www.datlow.com, on Facebook, and on twitter as @EllenDatlow.

Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had stories in print every year since. Her stories have appeared in Australia, the US, China, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, and have been selected for both Ellen Datlow’s and Paula Guran’s Best of the Year Anthologies.

Kaaron has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji. She has published four novels (Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification,and The Grief Hole) and six short story collections, including the multi-award winning Through Splintered Walls. Her next short story collection is A Primer to Kaaron Warren from Dark Moon Books.

Her novella “Sky” from that collection won the Shirley Jackson Award and was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. It went on to win all three of the Australian genre awards, while The Grief Hole did the same thing in 2017.

Her next novel is Tide of Stone, from Omnium Gatherum.

Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists and serial killers. In 2018 she will be Established Artist in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard House in Western Australia. She’s taught workshops in haunted asylums, old morgues and second hand clothing shops and she’s mentored several writers through a number of programs.

She will be Guest of Honour at the World Fantasy Convention in 2018, New Zealand’s Lexicon in 2019, and Stokercon 2019.

You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/ and she Tweets @KaaronWarren



F. Brett Cox, the author of The End of All Our Exploring: Stories, forthcoming in 2018 from Fairwood Press. Co-editor(with Andy Duncan) of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004); author of numerous short stories,critical essays, and reviews; English faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

JoAnn Cox

Jack Haringa is a writer, editor, critic, and teacher of speculative and dark fantastic literature. With S.T. Joshi he co-founded and was editor of Dead Reckonings, a review journal of horror, dark fantasy, and the weird published by Hippocampus Press. He teaches English at Worcester Academy, an independent school in Worcester, Massachusetts.

John Langan is the author of two novels, The Fisherman and House of Windows, and three collections, Sefira and Other Betrayals, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies, and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters.  With Paul Tremblay, he co-edited Creatures:  Thirty Years of Monsters.  He has been awarded the Bram Stoker Award and the This is Horror Award.  Currently, he reviews horror and dark fantasy for Locus Magazine.  He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and younger son.

Sarah Langan, author of novels The Keeper (Harper, 2006; finalist for Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel) and The Missing (Harper, 2007); MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; freelance writer currently living in New York City.

Paul Tremblay is the award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly.com, and numerous “year’s-best” anthologies.


JoAnn Cox


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