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Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the AHWA and judged on the overall effect - the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance - of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

Winners of the Awards receive a hand crafted trophy from the masters of the horror special effects industry, Nightshade FX.

The awards are open to submission of any horror fiction published (or anthologies edited) by an Australian/New Zealand/Oceania resident or citizen in the 2013 calendar year—submissions until February 28th 2014.

Past winners of the Shadows include a who’s who of Australian Horror Writers; Lee Battersby, Terry Dowling, Paul Haines, Brett McBean, Kirstyn McDermott, Bob Franklin, Kaaron Waaren, Will Elliott, Deborah Biancotti, Amanda Spedding.

From 2011, the award has five categories: NovelLong Fiction (novellas and novelettes); Short Fiction (short stories); Collection (single author collections); and Edited Publication (anthologies and magazine issues).

Shortlists for each category will be determined by a panel of judges . The shortlisted finalists are announced in March/April every year.

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

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Australian Shadows Awards

 2012 Finalists   | 2012 Winners

               2011 Winners

2010 Finalists2010 Winners

2009 Finalists2009 Winners

2008 Finalists | 2008 Winner

2007 Finalists | 2007 Winner

2006 Finalists | 2006 Winner

2005 Finalists | 2005 Winner


History of the Australian Shadows Awards

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. The Brom statuettes were used as prizes from 2005 to 2009. As of 2010, all Australian Shadows winners are awarded a trophy and $250 (a total prize pool of $750). As of 2013, no prize money is offered.


2008 Award Statue