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2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to release the Preliminary Ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see http://www.horror.org/) is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,600 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards®in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/).

Works on this ballot are not referred to as “nominees” or “finalists”. Only works appearing on the Final Ballot may be referred to as “nominated works” and their authors as “finalists”.

The HWA Board of Trustees and the Bram Stoker Awards® Committee congratulate all those appearing on …

Moanaria’s Fright Club Launch

In 2017, Moaner T. Lawrence, former Assistant Editor at Pseudopod, proposed an online writing group for horror writers to the HWA. To date, the workshop’s thirty members, nicknamed Fright Club, continue to produce work and have had eighteen publications. Immense demand for the workshop has necessitated that Moaner re-organize into a private company, Moanaria.

Moanaria’s Fright Club is now open to applications from the general public.

Public applications cost $300 plus a $20 deposit to ensure that members complete their work on time.

HWA members will pay $85 plus a $20 deposit.

Visit Moanaria’s here to learn more about the …

StokerCon Anti-Harassment Policy

The Horror Writers Association and StokerCon are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of convention attendees in any form. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the chairs.

Reporting Harassment

As evidenced by our anti-harassment policy, we at StokerCon take any type of harassment at conventions seriously. To that end, we would like to announce the process for reporting harassment.

All of the …

HWA Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 scholarships:

HWA SCHOLARSHIP:

Sara Adams was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been writing horror since the fourth grade, when she was given an assignment to finish a story about black cats and took it just a little too far. She grew up with a deep love of the genre, writing stories about everything from fluid minds to what lives in the shadows. Sara lives in Haverhill with her two roommates, crafting new nightmares every day. Her work has appeared in the anthology In Delirium …

How Podcasting Can Help Writers Learn and Network

By Matthew W. Quinn

One of the great boons to my writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror has been the explosive growth of podcasting. The podcasts I listen to have provided me with many opportunities to learn and network and my life would be much poorer without them.

Firstly, podcasts provide great opportunities to work with other writers. Thanks to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast, I learned hostess Lindsay Buroker had opened up her Fallen Empire universe to other writers through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program. From this one podcast episode came my short novellas “Ten Davids, Two

Officer Election Statements 2019

Officer Election Statements 2019

Our next election takes place August 1st, 2019, with the ballots closing August 15th, 2019. We have a diverse and strong list of candidates for our open Trustee positions. Vice President and Treasurer positions are running unopposed and will continue in their roles officially for the next two years. Candidate statements follow. …

HWA Announces Academic Essay Collection

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announces a new release in the Fall 2019 from McFarland Books.

Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modernism: Critical Essays.

These essays were initially presented at Ann Radcliffe Academic Conferences during StokerCon® events. All scholars and academics were invited to submit presentation abstracts related to Horror Studies for consideration.

The book is edited by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak, with a Foreword by Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker award-winning author and former President of HWA, and an Afterword by Becky Spratford.

From the …

Welcome New VP: Meghan Arcuri

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce Meghan Arcuri as our interim Vice President, effective immediately.

Meghan has worked tirelessly for the organization for the past several years. Two notable examples include helping us with our social media outreach and with sponsorships for our StokerCon events.

She is generous, proactive, professional, and easy to work with.

Meghan is a highly regarded writer, with her work appearing in many anthologies, including Chiral Mad 3, 18 Wheels of Horror, the forthcoming Borderlands 7, and many more to come.

Upon accepting the position, Meghan had this to say: “When John asked …

2018 Bram Stoker Award Winners & Nominees

The Horror Writers Association is proud to congratulation the winners and nominees of the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards for superiority. The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® occurred during the 4th annual StokerCon™, held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The gala presentation happened on Saturday night, May 11th. The awards presentation was also live-streamed online and will be available for viewing within a few days on the HWA Youtube channel.

Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior achievement in writing …

2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association announces the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. The HWA is the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy. “This year’s nominees demonstrate a continued lineup of quality work in the horror genre,” said Lisa Morton, HWA President. “Our members and awards juries have again chosen truly outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”

The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® will occur during the 4th annual StokerCon™, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The gala presentation will happen on Saturday night, May 11th. Tickets to …

2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Update

Please note the Final Ballot of nominees for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® will be announced on February 23.

The main timeline is as follows:

  • February 23: Announcement of Stoker Nominees – the Final Ballot – on the HWA website, via Special IM, on the HWA Facebook page, and by Press Release.

    Works appearing on this Ballot are Bram Stoker Award® Nominees for Superior Achievement in their Category, e.g., Novel, and everyone may refer to them as such immediately after the announcement.

    Important Notes for those Appearing on the Final Ballot:

    If your work appears on the Final

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