Australian Shadows Awards

Submissions for the 2019 Australian Shadows Awards are now open until March 31 2020!


Works of horror or dark fiction may be entered into the following categories:

  • Short Fiction: works up to 7,500 words.
  • Long Fiction: works between 7,501 to 39,999 words (novelette or novella).
  • Novel: works of at least 40,000 words.

  • Collection: Three (3) or more short stories by a single author. No minimum or maximum word count. May contain reprints and/or originals*.
  • Edited Publication: Three (3) or more short stories by two (2) or more authors; edited by one or more editors. No minimum or maximum word count. Includes anthologies and individual magazine issues. Horror/dark-themed special issues of mixed-genre magazines are also eligible. May contain reprints and/or originals*.
  • Graphic Novels and Comics: Can include a single issue, run of issues, single comic or complete graphic novel. Work must be written by an Australasian. Work will be judged as an overall medium, with an emphasis on the script or story elements.
  • Non-fiction: A piece of non-fiction or work of criticism, including (but not limited to) a book, essay, article or review. The work should be an author biography recognising work in the horror genre, criticism of one or more horror works, or be based on a topic that is in some way horror-themed, ie. hauntings, true crime killings.
  • Poetry: Up to three (3) pieces per author. No line limit.

* Reprint-only collections/edited publications are eligible in the year the work as a whole is first published. Subsequent editions (in any format) or the publication of a new edition by a different publisher are ineligible unless different stories are included.

For details on how to enter, head to the competition page.

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