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Join Now – Choose the Appropriate Category

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This and the following pages will walk you through the decisions you have to make before you fill out the application form, one step at a time. We recommend you take notes as you go about your choices.

Determine Your Membership Category

Click on the level that fits you best to be taken to the next step. And make note of what you chose so you can fill it in on the form.

  • SUPPORTING ALLY
    If you’re not (yet) a professional writer, but have an interest in Horror, then you can be a supporting member. Even those who just love reading it or watching Horror movies can join in this category. You do not need to provide any specific evidence or meet any requirements.
  • ASSOCIATE ALLY
    You are a non-writing horror professional (bookseller, agent, illustrator, editor, teacher, librarian, or other). You will need to supply convincing evidence of your professional affiliation in the form of a letterhead, company brochure, web site URL, etc.
  • ACADEMIC ALLY
    You are working as an academic and have an academic interest in the field of horror or dark literature. You will need to provide documentation of your research, teaching, writing, or other appropriate activities within the genre. More on this in the next page.
  • AFFILIATE WRITER
    You have published a little at professional rates. You will have to provide documentation of your sale. If you cannot, then choose “Supporting Ally” above. You will be able to apply for a different level later, once you can qualify.

    You must meet ONE of these qualifications.:

    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy short story of at least 500 words, for payment of at least $25.
    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy non-fiction article, role-playing supplement, comic book script, computer gaming script, or theatrical play for payment of at least $50.
    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy book-length manuscript (40,000 words or more) for payment in advances and/or royalties or earnings within two years of publication from self-published work of at least $200.
    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy screenplay or an option on your existing screenplay for payment of at least $200.
    • three Horror or Dark Fantasy poems for total payment of at least $15.
    • If you are self-published with publication earnings equivalent to the above, you may qualify for this category of membership.
  • ACTIVE WRITER OR EDITOR (voting member)
    You are an established professional writer or editor. You will need to provide proof of this with your application.

    You must meet ONE of these qualifications.

    • three or more Horror or Dark Fantasy short stories, articles, or reviews totaling 7,500 words or more, earning payment of at least 5¢ per word.
    • one Horror or Dark Fantasy book-length manuscript earning a minimum payment in advances and/or royalties or earnings within two years of publication from self-published work of at least $2,000.
    • a 90-minute Horror or Dark Fantasy TV movie, or two 30-minute teleplays earning at least WGA minimum rates.
    • one Horror or Dark Fantasy theatrical film script earning at least $5,000.
    • three full-length Horror or Dark Fantasy comic book scripts earning professional rates and/or with professional print-run and distribution levels.
    • three 10,000 word Horror or Dark Fantasy Role-playing Game project or one 40,000 word project earning at least 5 ¢ per word.
    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy script for a computer game or a single work of interactive fiction intended for electronic media earning at least $2,000.
    • a Horror or Dark Fantasy computer game for a minimum payment of $2,000, regardless of length or memory usage, or create a piece of shareware or other work produced without payment in advance, with a paid circulation exceeding 1,000 copies.
    • 10 Horror or Dark Fantasy poems at 25¢ per line or $5 each, or publish a poetry collection that earns an honorarium of at least $50.
    • If you are self-published with publication earnings equivalent to the above, you may qualify for this category of membership.

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