Winners Announced for the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards
Boston, MA (August 2021) — 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 Fiction, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.
The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards premiered on Sunday, August 15 2021, as a pre-recorded ceremony as part of Readercon 31. Readercon co-Guest of Honor Jeffrey Ford provided opening remarks for the ceremony. The winners of the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards are:
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press, Gallery Books)
Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (Tordotcom Publishing)
The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith (Meerkat Press)
“Not the Man I Married” by R. A. Busby (Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020)
Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja (Meerkat Press)
Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited by Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn (Omnium Gatherum)
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.