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Announcing The Shirley Jackson Short Story Contest! Kicking off October 28th!
“So long as you write it away regularly nothing can really hurt you.” ― Shirley Jackson
The author of six novels, more than one hundred short stories, and two memoirs, Shirley Jackson left a legacy that runs from the macabre to the madcap. She is a writer who is constantly referred to as underrated because she can never be rated highly enough. Included in the startling work (startling in content; startling in style; and startling in sheer quantity) she created are a number of unfinished manuscripts: this is where you come in!
Tin Houseis honored to host a contest challenging writers to craft an ending to one of Jackson’s unfinished stories. Jackson is often called a “writer’s writer” and is credited with inspiring and informing the work of authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates. Join the ranks of writerly Jacksonites, and pay homage to one of the great psychological horror writers of the twentieth century.
The Contest: Create your own ending to an unfinished Shirley Jackson story. We will be publishing the prompt on The Open Bar on Monday, October 28th.
Submission Guidelines: Submissions should be 2,500 words or fewer (not including Jackson’s prose). Only online submissions will be accepted. Entries must be received by November 17th (before midnight, Pacific Standard Time and should be sent, with the text of the story pasted into the body of the e-mail to shirleyjacksoncontest@tinhouse.
The Judges: Tin House Editorial Staff, the family of Shirley Jackson, and our finals judge, the fantastic short-story author, Kelly Link.
The Grand Prize: The winner of the Shirley Jackson Contest will be announced on Friday, December 13th and will win publication on the Tin House Open Bar, a Tin House gift bag, and The Works of Shirley Jackson from Penguin Books: The Sundial, The Bird’s Nest, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Penguin Horror edition of Haunting of Hill House, Come Along with Me: Classic Short Stories and an Unfinished Novel, Hangsaman, and The Road Through the Wall.
*Please note that this contest has already transpired.