From now through February 23rd, the Shirley Jackson Awards are hosting a fundraiser lottery (get it?) to benefit the awards. Tickets cost $1 with no cap on the number you may purchase. Winners will receive a wide range of prizes from well-known authors, editors, artists, and agents. From their website:
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.
A partial list of prizes is available at their website, which includes:
A keyboard signed by Neil Gaiman
Keyboard used to write several novels & collections, signed by Jeffrey Ford
The Chains That You Refuse, an out of print collection of short stories, inscribed by author Elizabeth Bear
Each item will be given away separately, so you can buy tickets specifically for the items you want. Winners for each item are chosen at random. All proceeds benefit the awards. And there’s absolutely no reason to be nervous about winning. None at all.