Australian Shadows Awards

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Australian Shadows Awards
Awarded for Excellence in horror fiction
Location Australia
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Horror Writers Association
First awarded 2005
Official website Australianhorror.com

The Australian Shadows Awards are annual literary awards established by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) in 2005 to honour the best published works of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian/New Zealand/Oceania resident in the previous calendar year.

Awards Criteria & History[edit]

Works are judged on their overall effect within the horror genre based on the author's skill, delivery, and the work's lasting resonance. Each year, a director is appointed by the AHWA to administer the award. Shortlists for each category are determined by a panel of judges, and the shortlisted nominees are announced in March/April every year.

From 2005 to 2008, the Australian Shadows Award evaluated novels, anthologies, and short stories against each other in a single category. In 2009, the award was expanded into three categories: Short Fiction, Long Fiction, and Edited Publication.

From 2011, the award was restructured to consist of five categories: Novel; Long Fiction (novellas and novelettes); Short Fiction (short stories); Collection (single author collections); and Edited Publication (anthologies and magazine issues). In 2013, the 'Long Fiction' award category was renamed 'Paul Haines Shadows Award for Long Fiction' in honour of Australian author Paul Haines.

The Australian Shadows Awards were sponsored by Altair Australia Books in its first two years, through the donation of two statuettes created by dark fantasy artist Brom (supplied by The Franklin Mint). Currently, winners of the awards receive a hand crafted trophy from the masters of the horror special effects industry, Nightshade FX.

Awards Winners and Nominees[edit]

In the below list, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the awards are always announced the following year. If the short story was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

2005[edit]

Judges

Winner

Nominees

2006[edit]

Judges

  • Judging panel: David Schembri, Miranda Siemienowicz, Mark Smith-Briggs
  • Guest judge: Robert Hood
  • Award Director: Marty Young

Winner

Nominees

Honourable mentions

2007[edit]

Judges

Winner

Nominees

Honourable mentions

2008[edit]

Judges

  • Judging panel: Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Brett McBean, Chuck McKenzie
  • Guest judge: Sarah Endacott
  • Award Director: Kirstyn McDermott

Winner

  • "The Claws of Native Ghosts", Lee Battersby, The Beast Within, Graveside Books

Nominees

2009[edit]

Judges

Long Fiction

Winner

Nominees

Edited Publication

Winner

  • Grants Pass, Jennifer Brozek & Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books

Nominees

Short Fiction

Winner

  • "Six Suicides", Deborah Biancotti, A Book of Endings, Twelfth Planet Press

Nominees

  • "The Emancipated Dance", Felicity Dowker, Midnight Echo #2
  • "Busking", Jason Fischer, Midnight Echo #3
  • "The Message", Andrew J. McKiernan, Midnight Echo #2
  • "The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfalls", Kaaron Warren, Exotic Gothic 3, Ash-Tree Press

2010[edit]

Judges

Long Fiction

Winner

Nominees

Edited Publication

Winner

  • Macabre: A Journey through Australia's Darkest Fears, Angela Challis &[Marty Young, Brimstone Press

Nominees

Short Fiction

Winner

  • "She Said", Kirstyn McDermott, Scenes from the Second Storey, Morrigan Books

Nominees

  • "Bread and Circuses", Felicity Dowker, Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications
  • "Brisneyland by Night", Angela Slatter, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
  • "All The Clowns In Clowntown", Andrew J. McKiernan, Macabre: A Journey through Australia's Darkest Fears, Brimstone Press
  • "Dream Machine", David Conyers, Scenes from the Second Storey, Morrigan Books

2011[edit]

Judges

  • Judging Panel: Marty Young, James A. Moore

Novel

Winner

  • No award

Honourable Mention

  • The Broken Ones, Stephen M. Irwin

Long Fiction

Winner

  • "The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt", Paul Haines

Nominees

  • "And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living", Deborah Biancotti
  • "Sleeping and the Dead", Cat Sparks
  • "From the Teeth of Strange Children", Lisa L. Hannett

Short Fiction

Winner

  • "Shovel Man Joe", Amanda J. Spedding

Nominees

  • "Taking It for the Team", Tracie McBride
  • "The Sea at Night", by Joanne Anderton
  • "The Wanderer in Darkness", Andrew J. McKiernan
  • "Out Hunting for Teeth", Joanne Anderton

Edited Publication

Winner

  • Dead Red Heart, Russell B. Farr (ed)

Nominees

  • More Scary Kisses, Liz Grzyb (ed)
  • Midnight Echo 6, David Kernot, David Conyers and Jason Fischer (eds)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (eds)

Collection Publication

Winner

  • Tales of Sin and Madness, Brett McBean

Nominees

  • Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett
  • The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Paul Haines
  • Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies, Lucy Sussex
  • Apocrypha Sequence, Shane Jiraiya Cummings

2012[edit]

Judges

  • Short Stories/Collections/Edited Works Panel: Steve Gerlach, Greg Chapman, Stephen Clark
  • Novels/Novellas Panel: Gerry Huntman, Jenny Blackford, B. Michael Radburn

Novel

Winner

  • Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott

Nominees

  • The Corpse Rat King, Lee Battersby
  • Blood and Dust, Jason Nahrung

Long Fiction

Winner

  • "Sky", Kaaron Warren

Nominees

  • "Critique", Daniel I Russell
  • "Escena de un Asesinato", Robert Hood

Short Fiction

Winner

  • "Birthday Suit", Martin Livings

Nominees

  • "To Wish On A Clockwork Heart", Felicity Dowker
  • "Pigroot Flat", Jason Fischer
  • "Birthday Suit", Martin Livings
  • "They Don't Know That We Know What They Know", Andrew J McKiernan
  • "Creek", Kaaron Warren
  • "Mountain", Kaaron Warren
  • "Road", Kaaron Warren
  • "A Monstrous Touch", Marty Young

Edited Publication

Winner

  • Surviving The End, Craig Bezant

Nominees

  • Cthulu Unbound 3, David Conyers (Co-edited Brian M. Sammons)
  • The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

Collection Publication

Winner

  • Through Splintered Walls, Kaaron Warren

Nominees

  • Bread and Circuses, Felicity Dowker
  • Living With The Dead, Martin Livings

2013[edit]

Judges

  • Short Stories/Collections/Edited Works Panel: Steve Gerlach, Gitte Christensen, Lee Pietzers
  • Novels/Novellas Panel: Gerry Huntman, Geoff Brown, Chuck McKenzie

Novel

Winner

  • 809 Jacob Street, Marty Young

Nominees

  • Undead Kelly, Timothy Bowden
  • Topsiders, Scott Tyson
  • 809 Jacob Street, Marty Young

Paul Haines Shadows Award for Long Fiction

Winner

  • "The Unwanted Women of Surrey", Kaaron Warren

Nominees

  • "Soul Killer", Robert Hood
  • "The Home For Broken Dolls", Kirstyn McDermott
  • "The Unwanted Women of Surrey", Kaaron Warren

Short Fiction

Winner

  • "Caterpillars", Debbie Cowens

Nominees

  • "Nip, Tuck, Zip, Pluck", John Paul Fitch
  • "Fence Lines", Joanne Anderton
  • "The Nest", C. S. McMullen
  • "Caterpillars", Debbie Cowens
  • "The Dead Way", JC Hart

Edited Publication

Winner

  • Baby Teeth - Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (eds)

Nominees

  • Midnight Echo 9, Geoff Brown (ed)
  • A Killer Among Demons, Craig Bezant (ed)
  • Baby Teeth - Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (eds)
  • Star Quake 1, Sophie Yorkston (ed)

Collected Works

Winner

Nominees

  • There was no nominee shortlist in 2013.

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