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HWA Opens Registration to StokerCon 2017

HWA Opens Registration to StokerCon 2017

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the prestigious Bram Stoker Award®, today announced it will begin accepting registrations for StokerCon 2017 this Friday, June 10, at 12:00 AM EDT.

To register, visit http://hwa46.wildapricot.org/event-2262526. For HWA members, registration is $99 (USD); registration for non-HWA members is $115 (USD). Upon successful registration, attendees will receive a discount code for Queen Mary hotel accommodations.

StokerCon 2017, the HWA’s second annual convention, is scheduled for April 27-30, 2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Guests of Honor …

How to Watch the Bram Stoker Awards® Ceremony

How to Watch the Bram Stoker Awards® Ceremony

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today released the link to the Bram Stoker Awards® ceremony live stream.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 PM PDT on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The ceremony is part of HWA’s inaugural StokerCon, which opened yesterday at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and runs through Sunday, May 15.

Live Stream Link: http://www.onlineevent.com/bramstokerawards2016/

Awards include Superior Achievement in a Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Screenplay, and seven other categories. The ceremony will be emceed by author and seven-time host, Jeff Strand.…

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 Signs With Top Literary Agency

HWA Signs With Top Literary Agency

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced it has signed with Writers House, one of the world’s largest literary agencies.

Based in New York City, Writers House has a history of representing a diverse list of authors, including winners of the National Book Award, Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, and Pulitzer Prize. Their author lists boast industry giants such as Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Franzen, Ken Follett, and Octavia E. Butler.

Alec Shane, who began his career with Writers House in 2008, will be HWA’s representative at the agency.…

Horror Writers Association Launches ‘’Alone Is Scary” Campaign

To Support Local Animal Shelters

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the launch of its “Alone Is Scary” campaign to support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

Starting October 1, the HWA’s successful Horror Selfies website (www.horrorselfies.com) will seek submissions featuring pets in costume, pets “reading” horror, and/or pets with signs supporting local animal shelters. Accepted submissions will be featured on the site and distributed via the HWA’s social media accounts. Previous Horror Selfies campaigns generated nearly 20 …

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What HWA Has Done for Me by Annie Neugebauer

What HWA Has Done for Me by Annie Neugebauer

annieneugebauerWhen I was starting out as a horror writer in 2008, I hadn’t yet heard about the Horror Writers Association (though I had heard of the Bram Stoker Awards, as the winners list provided much of my reading material). But after a couple of years of actively pursuing writing, seeking publication, and delving into the industry head-first, I learned that the HWA was something I wanted to be a part of. Resources, support, networking, education, mentorship, and most importantly for me at the time, a sense of community. Count me in! But when I went online to look up the

Recipients of the HWA Scholarships

Recipients of the HWA Scholarships

The winners of the three annual HWA Scholarships have been selected, and they are Thersa Matsuura, Eric Smith, and Michael Tugendhat.

Major congratulations to the HWA Writing Scholarship awardees. We received a number of fine applications in all categories. We wish those chosen the very best in their future careers.

Thersa Matsuura, recipient of the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, said, “I am beyond elated to learn that the HWA has chosen me to be this year’s recipient of the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. My son has just moved out of the house to attend university, and I now have the …

Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nonfiction Writing

Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nonfiction Writing

rocky_woodThe Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, today announced the launch of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nonfiction Writing, an endowed fund providing grants for research and writing nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature. The Fund will provide grants annually to individuals who are members of the HWA. A member in good standing of any level of membership is eligible, regardless of previous writing experience or achievements.

Wood, the former President of the HWA, passed away in December …

New Horror Anthology for Teens from HWA

New Horror Anthology for Teens from HWA

hwa_news214x164It’s scary out there. Especially if you’re a teen. It’s a frightening world, and we live in troubling times. Globally, locally, even in the safety of our own bedrooms.

It’s about to get a lot scarier.

The Horror Writers Association and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will launch “Scary Out There,” an anthology of all-original horror stories for young adults, written by an incredible line-up of world-class bestsellers. New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner Jonathan Maberry has gathered together a veritable who’s who of A-listers to tell stories that explore what horror means to …

Charles Day Retires as Mentor Program Chair, Replaced by Michael Knost

Charles Day Retires as Mentor Program Chair, Replaced by Michael Knost

member_perks214As previously announced Charles Day is stepping down as HWA’s Mentor Program Chair after three years to concentrate on his roles as Co-Chair of HWA’s New York/Long Island Chapter and as a Member of the Library Committee. HWA’s President Rocky Wood thanked Charles for his service, “Charles has done a superb job, increasing the number of members being mentored many fold to 35. The work needed to get more mentors and matching mentors and mentees is immense and largely unseen.” Members who wish to volunteer as a mentors should email president@horror.org.

After a handover period Michael Knost will be the …

Self-Published Works Accepted for Membership Qualification

Self-Published Works Accepted for Membership Qualification

hwa-logo214x164The HWA’s referendum on including self-published work in membership qualification for our Active and Affiliate levels closed on July 23. The referendum passed by a significant margin.

The changes apply from July 24, 2014. New ByLaws and Membership Qualifications have been issued.

Apply for membership here: http://horror.org/joining-the-hwa/ (To qualify for Active as a self published author you must have proven earnings of $2000 from a single work within two years of publication; for Affiliate the requirement is $200).

In effect this means a self-published work will qualify an author if the work earns the same as a non self-published …

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