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 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards are:
The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)
Goodnight Stranger by Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz-UK/Flatiron Books-US)
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)
Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press)
Late Returns by Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com)
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)
Black Bequeathments by Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)
The Couvade by Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)
“Deeper, Darker Things” by Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)
Luminous Body by Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)
Pwdre Ser by Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)
“Taproot” by M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)
“How to Become a Witch-Queen” by Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
“Kali_Na” by Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
“The Truth About Josh Enloe” by Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)
“The Well” by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)
“Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come” by Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)
Collision: Stories by J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)
Every Human Love: Stories by Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)
Homesick by Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Riverhead Books)
Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
The Mythic Dream, edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien (Saga Press)
The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)
Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)
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.
Details on the ceremony for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards will be forthcoming.
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.