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Shirley Jackson Awards

The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. were established in 2007 and have been presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements 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.. For more information about the Shirley Jackson Awards, please visit this page.

All novels and non-fiction titles owned by the Lincoln City Libraries are hot-linked into our on-line catalog, so that you can check on their current availability. Most long- or short-story links below are to appearances by these stories in collections or anthologies owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Links for Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are to the body of work currently owned by the library system.


2018
NOVEL – Catriona Ward – Little Eve
NOVELLA (tie) – Christina Rivera – The Taiga Syndrome
NOVELLETE – Tom Cox – “Help the Witch” [Help the Witch] SHORT FICTION – Christina Wood Martinez – “The Astronaut” [Granta 142: Animalia] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Priya Sharma – All the Fabulous Beasts
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien [eds.] – Robots vs. Fairies


2017
NOVEL – Hye-young Pyun – The Hole
NOVELLA (tie) – Samanta Schweblin – Fever Dream
NOVELLA (tie) – Lindsey Drager – The Lost Daughter Collective
NOVELLETE – Chavisa Woods – “Take the Way Home That Leads Back to Sullivan Street” [Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country] SHORT FICTION – Kurt Fawver – “Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country” [Looming Low] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Carmen Maria Machado – Her Body and Other Parties
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Michael Kelly [ed.] – Shadows and Tall Trees Volume 7


2016
NOVEL – Emma Cline – The Girls
NOVELLA – Victor LaValle – The Ballad of Black Tom
NOVELLETE – Camilla Grudova – “Waxy” [Granta] SHORT FICTION – Carrie Laben – “Postcards From Natalie” [The Dark] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Jeffrey Ford – A Natural History of Hell
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe [eds.] – The Starlit Wood
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD to Ruth Franklin in recognition of the biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life


2015
NOVEL – Gemma Files – Experimental Film
NOVELLA – Elizabeth Hand – Wylding Hall
NOVELLETE – Steve Duffy – “Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage” [Supernatural Tales #30, Autumn] SHORT FICTION – Lynda E. Rucker – “The Dying Season” [Aickman’s Heirs] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Stephen King – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Simon Strantzas [ed.] – Aickman’s Heirs


2014
NOVEL – Jeff Vandermeer – Annihilation
NOVELLA – Daryl Gregory – We Are All Completely Fine
NOVELLETE – Dale Bailey – “The End of the End of Everything” [Tor.com (Apr 2014)] SHORT FICTION – Alison Littlewood – “The Dogs Home” [The Spectral Book of Horror Stories] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Helen Marshall – Gifts for the One Who Comes After
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Ellen Datlow [ed.] – Fearful Symmetries


2013
NOVEL – Robert Jackson Bennett – American Elsewhere
NOVELLA – Veronida Schanoes – Burning Girls
NOVELLETE – Greer Gilman – Cry Murder! In a Small Voice [(standalone)] SHORT FICTION – Sam J. Miller– “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” [Nightmare Magazine (Dec 2013)] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION (tie) – Christopher Barzak – Before and Afterlives
SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION (tie) – Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters
EDITED ANTHOLOGY
– Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. [ed.] – Grimscribe’s Puppets


2012
NOVEL – Koji Suzuki – Edge
NOVELLA – Kaaron Warren – Sky [Through Splintered Walls] NOVELLETE – Karen Russell – “Reeling for the Empire” [Tin House (Winter 2012)] SHORT FICTION – Jeffrey Ford – “A Natural History of Autumn” [F&SF (Jul/Aug 2012)] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Jeffrey Ford – Crackpot Palace
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Danel Olson [ed.] – Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29


2011
NOVEL – Sheri Holman – Witches on the Road Tonight
NOVELLA – Elizabeth Hand – Near Zennor [A Book of Horrors] NOVELLETE – Kelly Link – “The Summer People” [Tin House 40/Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories] [F&SF (Sep 2011)] SHORT FICTION – M. Reichert – “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece” [F&SF (Sep 2011)] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Maureen F. McHugh– After the Apocalypse: Stories
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Jack Dann and Nick Gevers [eds.] – Ghosts by Gaslight


2010
NOVEL – Robert Jackson Bennett – Mr. Shivers
NOVELLA – Laird Barron – Mysterium Tremendum [Occultation] NOVELLETE – Neil Gaiman – “Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” [Stories: All New Tales] SHORT FICTION – Peter Watts – “The Things” [Clarkesworld (Issue 40)] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Laird Barron – Occultation
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio [eds.] – Stories: All New Tales


2009
NOVEL – Victor LaValle – Big Machine
NOVELLA – Nick Antosca – Midnight Picnic
NOVELLETE – Stephen King – “Morality” [Esquire] SHORT FICTION – Karne Joy Fowler – “The Pelican Bar” [Eclipse 3] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION (tie) – Kevin Wilson – Tunneling to the Center of the Earth
SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION (tie) – Robert Shearman – Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Ellen Datlow [ed.] – Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe


2008
NOVEL – Jeffrey Ford – The Shadow Year
NOVELLA – Julia Leigh – Disquiet
NOVELLETE – John Kessel – “Pride and Prometheus” [F&SF] SHORT FICTION – Michael Bishop – “The Pile” [Subterranean Online] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Yoko Ogawa – The Diving Pool
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Sara Eyre and Ra Page [eds.] – The New Uncanny


2007
NOVEL – Elizabeth Hand – Generation Loss
NOVELLA – Lucius Shepard – Vacancy [Subterranean #7] NOVELLETE – Glen Hirshberg – “The Janus Tree” [Inferno] SHORT FICTION – Nathan Ballingrud – “The Monsters of Heaven” [Inferno] SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Laird Barron – The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
EDITED ANTHOLOGY – Ellen Datlow [ed.] – Inferno

Last updated: July 2019 sdc