The Shirley Jackson Awards will hold a lottery to raise funds for the award. This on-line event takes place from February 9, 2009 through February 23, 2009. People may purchase as many tickets as they want, with the donated prizes coming from well-known authors, editors, artists, and agents. At midnight on February 23rd, winners will be selected randomly for each item and announced on the website. Prizes will be mailed to the lucky winners.

Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from: Shirley Jackson Awards Store

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.

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