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Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows is an annual award presented by the AHWA and judged on the overall effect - the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance - of a work of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian and published either in Australia or overseas.

The award was set up thanks to the kind sponsorship of Altair Australia, who donated a collection of hand painted awards created by acclaimed dark fantasy master Brom and supplied by The Franklin Mint.

From 2009, there are three categories: Short Fiction (short stories), Long Fiction (novels, novellas, and single-author collections), and Edited Publication (anthologies and horror magazine issues).

Shortlists for each category will be determined by a panel of three judges and presented to Guest Judges in each category for final selection of the winners. The shortlisted finalists will be announced in March/April of each year following judging.

Read the Submission Guidelines to find out how to enter works for consideration.

The 2009 Australian Shadows Award shortlists will be announced on March 8, 2010. The winners will be announced on April 5, 2010.


Australian Shadows Awards

2008 Shortlist | 2008 Winner

2007 Shortlist | 2007 Winner

2006 Shortlist | 2006 Winner

2005 Shortlist | 2005 Winner


2008 Award Statue