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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations


The Nominees for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards:



Best Novel:

The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio) | More2read Review

Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)

Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)




Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz-UK/Flatiron Books-US)

Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson (Ecco)

Tinfoil Butterfly, Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)




Best Novella:


Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press) | More2Read ReviewAuthor Interview

Late Returns, Joe Hill (Full Throttle)

The Monster of Elendhaven, Jennifer Giesbrecht (



Ormeshadow, Priya Sharma ( | More2Read  ReviewAuthor Interview

This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)




Best Novelette:


Black Bequeathments, Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)

The Couvade, Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)

“Deeper, Darker Things,” Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)



Luminous Body, Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)

Pwdre Ser, Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)

“Taproot,” M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)




Best Short Fiction:


“How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)

“Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)

The Truth About Josh Enloe,” Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)

The Well,” Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)

Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come,” Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)




Best Single-Author Collection:


Collision: Stories, J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)

Every Human Love: Stories, Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)

Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)



Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Riverhead Books)

Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)

| More2Read Review Author Interview

Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press) | More2Read Review  Author Interview




Best Edited Anthology:


Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)

The Mythic Dream, edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien (Saga Press)

The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)

The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)