2021 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

Winners for the 2021 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


  • WINNER: The Girls Left Behind, J.P. Townley (self-published)
  • Merfolk, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein)
  • Papa Lucy & the Boneman, Jason Fischer (Outland)
  • Butcherbird, Cassie Hart (Huia)
  • An Ill Wind, Martin Livings (self-published)
  • The Airways, Jennifer Mills (Picador)

Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “A Good Big Brother”, Matt Tighe (Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies)
  • “Tagged”, Chuck McKenzie (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 12/21)
  • “Bad Apple”, Louise Pieper (Good Southern Witches)
  • “The Steering Wheel Club”, Kaaron Warren (Giving the Devil His Due)
  • “The Best Medicine”, Pauline Yates (Midnight Echo #16)

Collected Works

  • WINNER: Tool Tales, Karron Warren (IFWG)
  • Inanimates, Joanne Anderton (Brain Jar)
  • Danged Black Thing, Eugen Bacon (Transit Lounge)
  • The Tallow-Wife and Other Tales, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • Seeds, Tabatha Wood (Wild Wood)

Edited Works

  • WINNER: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, Deborah Sheldon, ed. (IFWG)
  • SNAFU: Holy War, Amanda J Spedding & Geoff Brown, eds. (Cohesion)
  • Midnight Echo #16, Tim Hawken, ed. (AHWA)

Long Fiction

  • WINNER: Ariadne, I Love You, J Ashley-Smith (Meerkat)
  • “The Waiting Room”, Matthew Davis (It Calls from the Doors)
  • Dirty Heads, Aaron Dries (Black T-Shirt)
  • “The Little One”, Rebecca Fraser (Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract)
  • Cryptid Killers, Alister Hodge (Severed)


  • WINNER: “Cheongsam”, Lee Murray (Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken.)
  • “Snip”, P.S. Cottier (Midnight Echo #16)
  • “Guest of Honour”, Geneve Flynn (Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken.)
  • “When The Girls Began To Fall”, Geneve Flynn (Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken.)
  • “Sonnet for a Scarecrow”, Rebecca Fraser (Curioser Magazine #1)
  • “Exquisite”, Lee Murray (Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken.)


  • WINNER: I’m Looking Right At You, HP Lovecraft, Jack Dann (IFWG)
  • The Curious Reclassification of Peter Benchley’s Jaws, Kris Ashton (Aurealis)
  • Murder Down Under, Anthony Ferguson (Exposit)
  • Vampire Poetry, Kyla Lee Ward (Hippocampus)
  • Capturing Ghosts on the Page, Kaaron Warren (Brain Jar)

Graphic Novel

  • WINNER: The Mycelium Complex, Issue 2, Daniel Reed (Nautilus Illustrations)
  • Frankie’s Drive-In Ozploitation Double Feature, Aaron Harvie (Badharvie)
  • Goetia, Robert Buratti (Sub Rosa)

For more information, see the AHWA site.

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