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Diverse Works Inclusion Committee Mission Statement

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To ensure the Horror Writers Association (HWA) includes the widest possible representation of those working in the horror/dark fantasy genre, the HWA has formed the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee. This committee is tasked with actively seeking writers and editors with diverse backgrounds. The committee has adopted the broadest definition of the word diversity to include gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Committee members will employ a variety of methods—including but not limited to contacting publishers, authors, and/or agents; accessing resources such as Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads; maintaining awareness of new releases; polling the membership—to expand our members’ awareness. Each month, the committee will share its most recent findings in the HWA newsletter in a new section titled The Seers’ Table.

To be clear, the HWA is not adopting a “quota system”. The Diverse Works Inclusion Committee holds no sway or influence on Bram Stoker Award® juries, scholarship opportunities, etc. Its sole purpose, as outlined above, is to expand the organization’s awareness of those individuals whose work might not otherwise be viewed.

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