Australian Shadows Awards

The 2021 Australian Shadows Awards ARE NOW OPEN!

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 judges for the 2021 Awards are:

SHORT FICTION
Convenor Paul Sheldon
Judge Daniel Car
Judge Emma Nayfie
NON-FICTION
Convenor Kathryn Hore
Judge R.F. Blackstone
Judge Stephen Dedman
GRAPHIC NOVEL
Convenor Bernie Rutkay
Judge R.F. Blackstone
Judge Jason Franks
POETRY
Convenor Pauline Yates
Judge Emma Jones
Judge Tabatha Wood
NOVEL
Convenor Ronnie Smart
Judge Emma Nayfie
Judge JM Merryt
LONG FICTION
Convenor Louise Zedda-Sampson
Judge Emma Jones
Judge Daniel Car
COLLECTED WORKS
Convenor Alannah Pearson
Judge Lynette Watters
Judge Matt Tighe
EDITED WORKS
Convenor R.F. Blackstone
Judge Emma Nayfie
Judge Tabatha Wood