AUSTRALIAN SHADOWS AWARDS now open!

The 2020 Australian Shadows Awards opened for submissions at 12.01am Monday 1st February 2021 and will close to submissions at midnight Wednesday 31st March, 2021.

Full submission and eligibility details can be found here.

The Australian Shadows Awards celebrate the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year. Works are judged on the overall effect of a work—the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance.

Entries are open across eight categories, including: the Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (novelettes and novellas) in honour of the New Zealand/Australian author Paul Haines; The Rocky Wood Award for Non-fiction and Criticism named after former HWA president and AHWA member Rocky Wood; short fiction; novels, collected works; edited works; poetry and graphic novels/comics (for works written by an Australian or New Zealand writer).

Previous winners have included Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns, Lee Battersby, Terry Dowling, Paul Haines, Alan Baxter, Brett McBean, Kirstyn McDermott, Bob Franklin, Kaaron Warren, Will Elliott, Deborah Biancotti and Amanda Spedding.

The winners of the 2019 Awards were announced on June 6th 2020. The full list of winners and finalists can be found here


The judges for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards are:

SHORT FICTION

Convenor – Paul Sheldon

Paul Mannering

Chris Jacobs

NON-FICTION TITLE

Convenor – Rebecca Fraser

Tracie McBride

Al Hodge

GRAPHIC NOVEL TITLE

Convenor – Eugen Bacon

Bernie Rutkay

Jason Franks

POETRY TITLE

Convenor – Kathryn Hore

Lee Murray

Kyla Lee Ward

NOVEL

Convenor – Joanne Anderton

Paul Sheldon

Cem Bilici

LONG FICTION

Convenor – Al Hodge

Joanne Anderton

Paul Mannering

COLLECTED WORKS

Convenor – Louise Zedda-Sampson

Lynette Watters

Alannah Pearson

EDITED WORKS

Convenor – Dominique Davidson

Lynette Watters

Bernie Rutkay

Huge thanks to all the judges for their time and dedication!


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