2016 Australian Shadows Awards Shortlist

The Australian Horror Writers Association announced the finalists for the  2016 Australian Shadows Awards on March 19. The Shadows celebrate the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australian or New Zealander.

Best Short Fiction (Up to 7,500 words)

  • PROTEGE, BY ANTHONY FERGUSON (In ‘Monsters Among Us’ – Oscillate Wildly Press)
  • SELFIE, BY LEE MURRAY (In ‘SQ Magazine’ – IFWG Publishing)
  • D IS FOR DEATH, BY PETE ALDIN (In ‘Poise and Pen’)
  • WHAT THE SEA WANTS, BY DEB SHELDON (In ‘SQ Magazine’ – IFWG Publishing)
  • ALL ROLL OVER, BY KAARON WARREN (In ‘In Your Face’ – Fablecroft Publishing)
  • FADE TO GREY, BY JANEEN WEBB (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
  • MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAFFITI TUNNEL, BY TERRY DOWLING (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
  • UNCONTAINABLE, BY HELEN STUBBS (In ‘Apex Magazine’ online)
  • NO OTHER MEN IN MITCHELL, BY ROSE HARTLEY (In ‘Nightmare Magazine’ online)

Best Collected Works (3 or more short stories by a single author)

  • CROW SHINE BY ALAN BAXTER (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • EVERYTHING IS FINE BY GRANT STONE (Racket House)
  • CONCENTRATION BY JACK DANN (PS Publishing)

Best Edited Work (3 or more short stories by two (2) or more authors; edited by one or more editors:)

  • DEAD OF NIGHT, EDITED BY SHANE JIRAIYA CUMMINGS (Published by AHWA)
  • DREAMING IN THE DARK, EDITED BY JACK DANN (PS PUBLISHING)
  • AT THE EDGE, EDITED BY DAN RABARTS & LEE MURRAY (PAPER ROAD PRESS)

Best Novel (At least 40,000 words)

  • INTO THE MIST, BY LEE MURRAY (Cohesion Press)
  • THE DEVIL’S PRAYER, BY LUKE GRACIAS (Australian eBook Publisher)
  • UNBIDDEN, BY TJ PARK (Harper Collins)
  • HOLLOW HOUSE, BY GREG CHAPMAN (Omnium Gatherum)
  • PRESUMED DEAD, BY RICK KENNETT (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • DEVIL DRAGON, BY DEBORAH SHELDON (Severed Press)
  • THE GRIEF HOLE, BY KAARON WARREN (IFWG Publishing)

Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (Between 7,501 to 39,999 words)

  • TIPUNA TAPU, BY DAN RABARTS (Clandestine Press)
  • BOX OF BONES, BY JEREMY BATES (Ghillinnein Books)
  • BURNT SUGAR, BY KIRSTYN MCDERMOTT (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
  • THE HEART OF THE MISSION, BY MATTHEW R DAVIS (Oz Horror Con)
  • THE ESCHATOLOGIST, BY GREG CHAPMAN (Voodoo Press)
  • SERVED COLD, BY ALAN BAXTER (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)

Due to insufficient entries, the 2016 awards dropped the Comics/Graphic Novels category and The Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism.

The Shadows are a juried award. This year’s jurors are:

  • The Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction: William Cook, Brett McBean, Lee Pletzers
  • Edited Works: Dmetri Kakmi, Piper Medjia, Craig Hughes
  • Collected Works: Lee Murray, Michael Pryor, Tracie McBride
  • Short Fiction: David Hoenig, William Cook, Lucy A. Snyder, Silvia Brown
  • Comics/Graphic Novels: Gareth Macready, Lee Pletzers, Steve Herczeg
  • The Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism: Piper Mejia, Maree Kimberley, David Kernot
  • Novels: Chris Pulo, Lee Pletzers, Steven Casey, Robert N Stevenson

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