Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fundraiser "Lottery" a Success for the Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (February 2009) – The Shirley Jackson Awards online raffle, or “lottery,” was an overwhelming success. Fifty-seven individuals from across the United States, and from Canada, England, and Germany, were selected as winners for an array of donated prizes from well-known authors, editors, artists, and agents.

The Board of Advisors and jurors thank all of the donors and ticket buyers for their tremendous support and generosity. All proceeds go to support the administration of The Shirley Jackson Awards.

The full list of winners can be found online.

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 12th 2009, at Readercon 20, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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