Shirley Jackson Award

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The Shirley Jackson Awards are literary awards named after Shirley Jackson in recognition of her legacy in writing. These awards for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic are presented at Readercon, an annual conference on imaginative literature.[1]

Writing in Salon in 2010, Laura Miller noted, "The awards are only 3 years old, but have already proved a fitting tribute to a writer who roamed freely over similar ground and has never quite gotten the respect she deserves."[2]

Award-winners are selected 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 first annual Shirley Jackson Awards were presented July 20, 2007 at the Readercon Conference on Imaginative Literature in Burlington, Massachusetts. The jurors were John Langan, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay and F. Brett Cox, who now form the Board of Directors along with JoAnn Cox.

List of Shirley Jackson Award winners[edit]









  • Novel: Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals)
  • Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
  • Novellette: “The End of the End of Everything”, Dale Bailey (, April 2014)
  • Short Fiction: “The Dogs Home”, Alison Littlewood (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Spectral Press)
  • Single Author Collection: Gifts for the One who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)
  • Edited Anthology: Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow (ChiZine Publications)


  • Novel: Experimental Film, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
  • Novella: Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing / Open Road Media)
  • Novellette: "Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage" Steve Duffy ("Supernatural Tales" #30)
  • Short Fiction: "The Dying Season" Lynda E. Rucker (Aickman's Heirs)
  • Single Author Collection: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Edited Anthology: Aickman's Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)







  1. ^ Gardner, Jan (27 June 2010). "Shelf Life". Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ Miller, Laura. "Is Shirley Jackson a great American writer?". Retrieved 16 October 2010.

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