2021 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

Shirley Jackson Awards science fiction newsThe 2021 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced in-person on October 29, 2022, as part of the Boston Book Festival, in partnership with Readercon. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Paul Tremblay, and included a pre-recorded remembrance of the late Peter Straub delivered by Elizabeth Hand. Shirley Jackson Awards Board Member Linda Addison also provided a video about her reflections on Shirley Jackson.




  • WINNER: “We, the Girls Who Did Not Make It”, E. A. Petricone (Nightmare 2/21)

Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “You’ll Understand When You’re a Mom Someday”, Isabel J. Kim (khōréō 8/21)

Single-Author Collection

Edited Anthology (TIE)


A Special Award was presented to Ellen Datlow in recognition of the anthology When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson (Titan).

Datlow was a nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award for Edited Anthology for the years 2011, 2013 (with Terri Windling), 2015, 2017, and 2019, and won the award in this category for the years 2007, 2009, and 2014.

Previous recipients of a Special Award from the Shirley Jackson Awards are Joyce Carol Oates as editor of the Library of America edition of Shirley Jackson:  Novels & Stories (Library of America, 2010) and Ruth Franklin in recognition of her biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016).

Winners were announced in-person on October 29, 2022 as part of the Boston Book Festival. For more information, see the awards website.

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