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HWA Announces Finalists in Short Film Competition

HWA Announces Finalists in Short Film Competition

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the thirteen finalists in its inaugural Lucky Thr1t3en Horror Short Film Competition.

The film competition—part of the HWA’s StokerCon 2016—received entries from nearly twenty countries during its six-month submission window. The thirteen finalists hail from Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“We received a staggering number of quality submissions,” said Brad Hodson, chair of the film festival. “But, the work of these finalists is truly remarkable.”

The Finalists

  • The Barber’s Cut – Mark Brocking (UK)
HWA Announces its Mentor of the Year

HWA Announces its Mentor of the Year

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced Tim Waggoner as this year’s recipient of the organization’s Mentor of the Year Award.

The HWA’s Mentorship Program Chairperson and the Program’s Committee select the award’s recipient. The award will be presented at HWA’s inaugural StokerCon in Las Vegas, during the Bram Stoker Awards® ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Tickets to the banquet and the convention are on sale at www.stokercon2016.com. The awards presentation will also be live-streamed.

“Tim Waggoner is the perfect mentor. Certainly Tim is a fantastic …

Scholarship From Hell Recipient Announced

Scholarship From Hell Recipient Announced

The HWA would like to congratulate Sumiko Saulson, winner of Horror University’s Scholarship From Hell! The scholarship includes roundtrip domestic travel to Las Vegas, accommodations at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, registration to StokerCon 2016, and as many workshops as she can attend!
 
Additionally, the HWA awarded a runner-up mini-scholarship (registration & five workshops) to Hillary Dodge!
 
Congratulations to you both!
2016 Poetry Showcase Accepting Submissions

2016 Poetry Showcase Accepting Submissions

poetry300Before the current form of the novel arose, dark narrative poetry spun the tales of heroes and demons. Carrying that tradition writers of Horror fiction have kept dark poetry close to their hearts. Poe, Carroll, Wilde, Lovecraft and even more recently Neil Gaiman dipped their quills into dark verse.

Recognizing the contribution of dark poetry to the field of Horror and to celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association is holding their third annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase. Open only to HWA members, the Showcase will be accepting submissions in April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges …

The Seers Table – April 2016

The Seers Table – April 2016

Greetings! Welcome to the second installment of The Seers Table. Over the past four weeks, members of the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee (DWIC) have scoured the publishing world to find some of the most exciting and under-heard voices in horror and dark fantasy. This month we’d like to introduce you to six writers/editors who are carving out their own unique niches in the genre. As you’ll see by their public bios, these six individuals have drawn on their distinct backgrounds and worldviews to pen/edit graphic novels, short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction, collections, and anthologies. With so much to read, let’s …

HWA Names Recipient of the Silver Hammer Award

HWA Names Recipient of the Silver Hammer Award

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced Michael Knost as the recipient of this year’s Silver Hammer Award.

Knost provides one of HWA’s most beneficial opportunities to new members by chairing the organization’s Mentorship Program, which matches newer writers with experienced pros for a year-long intensive training.

“Under Michael’s guidance, the mentorship program has seen exponential growth,” said Marge Simon, chair of HWA’s Board of Trustees. “Thanks to Michael, our mentoring wait-list has been cleared, and we now have nearly 100 mentoring pairs.”

The HWA periodically gives The …

HWA announces HALLOWS’ EVE anthology

HWA announces HALLOWS’ EVE anthology

jol2013Hallows’ Eve

An Anthology for HWA

Editors: Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton

 

HWA is pleased to announce its latest anthology. Submissions will be open to all members of the organization.

Hallows’ Eve is an anthology focused on the horror genre’s favorite holiday – Halloween. We’re looking for stories that explore the festival from many different points of view. Tell us something about the emotional meaning of the night. Investigate a historical angle that isn’t often done. Give us a story about a modern element of the holiday – haunted attractions, large-scale festivals, retailing – that we haven’t seen before. …

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

Cover and TOC reveal for SCARY OUT THERE

scary-out-there-9781481450706_hrHWA’s next anthology, Scary Out There, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 30, 2016. The book will be released in both hardback ($18.99) and e-book ($10.99).

Scary Out There was edited by Jonathan Maberry, and features this stellar line-up:

1.     Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
2.     Brenna Yovanoff, “The Doomsday Glass”
3.     Carrie Ryan, “What Happens to Girls Who Disappear”
4.     Cherie Priest, “The Mermaid Aquarium”
5.     Ellen Hopkins,“As Good As Your Word”
6.     Rachel Tafoya, “Invisible Girl”
7.     Zac Brewer, “Death and Twinkies”
8.     Linda Addison, “Secret Things: Poems”
9.     Josh Malerman, …

HWA Announces Recipients of Richard Laymon Award

HWA Announces Recipients of Richard Laymon Award

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced Patrick Freivald and Andrew Wolter, moderators of HWA’s Facebook group, as this year’s recipients of the Richard Laymon President’s Award.

The award is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2000 while serving as the HWA’s president. As its name implies, it is given by the HWA’s sitting president. The Award is presented to a volunteer who has served in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization. The award will be presented at HWA’s …

HWA Honors Outstanding Work of Specialty Press

HWA Honors Outstanding Work of Specialty Press

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Award®, today announced Borderlands Press as the recipient of this year’s Specialty Press Award.

The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically “small presses” specializing in limited editions, small print runs, or the work of new and relatively unknown authors. The winner of the award is determined by a majority vote of the HWA Board.

Since its founding in 1990 …

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners: Alan Moore & George A. Romero

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners: Alan Moore & George A. Romero

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Award®, today announced Alan Moore and George A. Romero as the recipients of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The HWA presents the award annually to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While the award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields.

Patrick Freivald, chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, explained this year’s selections:

“Alan Moore is a giant of speculative literature …

The Seers Table – March 2016

The Seers Table – March 2016

Welcome to The Seers Table!

In late January, not long after the Bram Stoker Award® Initial Ballot was announced, HWA president Lisa Morton lamented the ballot’s lack of diversity. In response, Rena Mason and I separately suggested to Lisa the formation of a committee tasked with seeking out those voices in horror and dark fantasy that are underrepresented in not only the HWA, but in the genre and the publishing world in general.

Following a series of excited conversations, the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee (DWIC) was born.

The DWIC has one overarching goal—to introduce HWA members to new voices. Each …

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