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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.

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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 Award for Long Fiction' in honour of New Zealand/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 an anthology with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the anthology title and anthology publisher's name is included.

2005[edit]

Judges[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


2006[edit]

Judges[edit]

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

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

Honourable mentions[edit]


2007[edit]

Judges[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

Honourable mentions[edit]


2008[edit]

Judges[edit]

Winner[edit]

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

Nominees[edit]


2009[edit]

Judges[edit]


Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

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

Nominees[edit]


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

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

Nominees[edit]


2010[edit]

Judges[edit]


Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


2011[edit]

Judges[edit]


Novel[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • No award

Honourable Mention[edit]


Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "Shovel Man Joe", Amanda J. Spedding, Shades of Sentience

Nominees

  • "Out Hunting for Teeth", Joanne Anderton, Midnight Echo #6
  • "The Sea at Night", Joanne Anderton, Dead Red Heart (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • "Taking It for the Team", Tracie McBride, Dead Red Heart (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • "The Wanderer in Darkness", Andrew J. McKiernan, Midnight Echo #6


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Collection[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • Tales of Sin and Madness, Brett McBean (Thunderstorm Books/Legume Man Books)

Nominees[edit]

  • Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Paul Haines (Brimstone Press)
  • Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies, Lucy Sussex (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Apocrypha Sequence, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (self-published)


2012[edit]

Judges[edit]

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


Novel[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]


Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "Sky", Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)

Nominees[edit]

  • "Critique", Daniel I. Russell (Dark Continents Publishing)
  • "Escena de un Asesinato", Robert Hood, Exotic Gothic 4 (PS Publishing)


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "Birthday Suit", Martin Livings, Living with the Dead (Dark Prints Press)

Nominees[edit]

  • "To Wish On A Clockwork Heart", Felicity Dowker, Bread and Circuses (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • "Pigroot Flat", Jason Fischer, Midnight Echo #8
  • "Birthday Suit", Martin Livings, Living with the Dead (Dark Prints Press)
  • "They Don't Know That We Know What They Know", Andrew J. McKiernan, Midnight Echo #8
  • "Creek", Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • "Mountain", Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • "Road", Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • "A Monstrous Touch", Marty Young, Dangers Untold (Alliteration Ink)


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • Surviving The End, Craig Bezant (Dark Prints Press)

Nominees[edit]


Collection[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  • Bread and Circuses, Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Living With The Dead, Martin Livings (Dark Prints Press)


2013[edit]

Judges[edit]

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


Novel[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  • Undead Kelly, Timothy Bowden (Severed Press)
  • Topsiders, Scott Tyson (Legume Man Books)


Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "The Unwanted Women of Surrey", Kaaron Warren, Queen Victoria's Book of Spells (Tor Books)

Nominees[edit]

  • "Soul Killer", Robert Hood, Zombies vs Robots: Diplomacy (IDW Publishing)
  • "The Home For Broken Dolls", Kirstyn McDermott, Caution: Contains Small Parts (Twelfth Planet Press)


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "Caterpillars", Debbie Cowens, Baby Teeth - Bite Sized Tales of Terror (Paper Road Press)

Nominees[edit]

  • "Nip, Tuck, Zip, Pluck", John Paul Fitch, Psychopomp Volume 4 (Artifice Comics)
  • "Fence Lines", Joanne Anderton, The Bone Chime Song and other stories (FableCroft Publishing)
  • "The Nest", C. S. McMullen, Nightmare Magazine #12
  • "The Dead Way", J. C. Hart, Baby Teeth - Bite Sized Tales of Terror (Paper Road Press)


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

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

Nominees[edit]

  • Midnight Echo #9, Geoff Brown (ed) (Australian Horror Writers Association)
  • A Killer Among Demons, Craig Bezant (ed) (Dark Prints Press)
  • Star Quake 1, Sophie Yorkston (ed) (IFWG Publishing)


Collection[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • The Bone Chime Song and other stories, Jo Anderton (FableCroft Publishing)

Nominees[edit]

  • There was no nominee shortlist in 2013.


2014[edit]

Judges[edit]

  • Short Stories/Collections/Edited Works Panel: Christine Ferdinands, Natalie Satakovski, B. R. de Loryn
  • Novels/Novellas Panel: Jay Caselberg (novellas only), Kathy Williams-DeVries, Lee Pletzers, B. R. de Loryn


Novel[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  • Suicide Forest, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein Books)
  • Book of the Dead, Greig Beck (Momentum Books)
  • Dark Deceit, Lauren Dawes (Momentum Books)
  • Davey Ribbon, Matthew Tait (HodgePodge Press)


Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  • Ghost Camera, Darcy Coates (self-published)
  • "The Shark God Covenant", Robert Hood, Dimension6 #3


Short Fiction[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • "Shadows of the Lonely Dead", Alax Baxter, Suspended in Dusk (Books of the Dead Press)

Nominees[edit]

  • "Mephisto", Alan Baxter, Daily Science Fiction
  • "Mummified Monk", Rebecca Fung, Daylight Dims Volume 2
  • "Bones", Michelle Jager, SQ Mag #14
  • "Last Year When We Were Young", Andrew J. McKiernan, Last Year When We Were Young (Satalyte Publishing)


Edited Publication[edit]

Winner[edit]

  • SQ Mag #14, Sophie Yorkston (ed) (IFWG Publishing)

Nominees[edit]

  • SNAFU, Geoff Brown and Amanda J. Spedding (eds) (Cohesion Press)
  • Suspended in Dusk, Simon Dewar (ed) (Books of the Dead Press)


Collection[edit]

Winner[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  • There was no nominee shortlist in 2014.


References[edit]

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