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Dark Poetry Scholarship

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poetry214x164The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce The Dark Poetry Scholarship to supplement its Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Horror Writers Association Scholarships.

The first Dark Poetry Scholarship was be awarded in 2015. Thereafter, the scholarship is given annually. The scholarship is designed to assist in the professional development of our members writing Horror and/or Dark Fiction Poetry

HWA President Rocky Wood explained that the intent of the Dark Poetry Scholarship is to bring into prominence the very real importance and influence Dark Poetry has had on the Horror genre, “It is very clear to the HWA that there are real barriers limiting the amount of Dark Poetry being published. At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are establishing the Dark Poetry Scholarship, which is open to all our members.”

A sub-committee appointed by the HWA Board will choose the winner, who will be announced around 15 March of each year. Applications for the 2015 Scholarships are now open and close at midnight US PST on 31 December 2014.

The Dark Poetry Scholarship is worth $1250, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

IMPORTANT: See the Rules for more detail.

“This is the largest, and likely the only Dark Poetry Scholarship anywhere,” Wood said. “Our Dark Poet’s Column in our Newsletter and on our poetry blog at http://horror.org/category/poetry2/ features many modern established poets, such as Mike Arnzen, Bruce Boston, Ann Schwader, Wendy Rathbone, Marge Simon, James S. Dorr, Michael Collings, Linda Addison and more.

The Dark Poetry Scholarship is sponsored by Eldritch Press. The owner of Eldritch Press, Michael Randolph said, “I believe that the rich history and tradition of dark poetry has had a considerable impact on the horror genre and I believe the Dark Poetry Scholarship will help the genre as a whole, bringing light to the dark world of horror poetry.

One comment on “Dark Poetry Scholarship

  1. Wow!!
    It is true that there are many obstacles that need to be overcome. The idea of a scholarship is both exciting and inspiring. I will very eagerly watch to see how this develops and if there will be any opportunity to somehow get involved.

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