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2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see https://www.horror.org/) is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with more than 1,700 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/)

Works on this ballot are not referred to as “nominees” or “finalists.” Only works appearing on the Final Ballot may be referred to as “nominated works” and their authors as “finalists.”

The HWA Board and the Bram Stoker Awards® Committee congratulate all those appearing on the Preliminary …

Poetry Showcase, volume 7

The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse.

Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year’s featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.

Cover by Robert Payne Cabeen.


2020 HWA Diversity Grant Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2020 HWA Diversity Grants:

Jacqueline Dyre (they/them) is the editor and publisher of Novel Noctule. You can find them in the sunshine state, drinking poorly-made coffee and consuming psychological horror in lieu of meals.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (he/him) is a Nigerian speculative fiction writer, slush reader and editor. He has been awarded an honourable mention in the L Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, twice, and won the Nommo award for best short story by an African with his short story “The Witching Hour.”


Summer Scares Reading Program

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and BookList, has launched a reading program that provides libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers. The goal is to introduce new authors and help librarians start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come.

Each year, a special guest author and a committee of four librarians will select 3 recommended fiction titles in each of 3 reading levels (Middle Grade, Teen, and …

Horror University Schedule

The Horror Writers Association brings one of the most popular aspects of StokerCon online!

Horror University, the HWA’s program of interactive writing workshops and presentations, is launching in an all-new format with live, online workshops with some of the strongest voices in horror. Formerly only accessible in-person at StokerCon, this series of classes, designed to help writers hone their craft and advance their career, will now be available year-round and accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. Past StokerCon attendees have provided wonderful feedback about their experiences in Horror University—but the HWA realizes not all horror writers can attend …

Call for Ads for the StokerCon Denver Souvenir Anthology

StokerCon 2021 Denver is coming in May 2021 and now is the time to get your ad in for the souvenir book. Edited by Josh Viola of Hex Publishers, an award-winning local Denver press, the souvenir anthology is sure to be an instant collector’s item. The anthology will include exclusive new fiction from some of the area’s most notable authors in addition to a unique table of contents overflowing with new non-fiction exploring the history of Denver’s robust literary scene. Of course, there will also be summaries of the HWA’s year and many programs. This anthology souvenir book will only …

HWA’s Next Anthology Call for Submissions

Other Fears – An Anthology of Diverse Terrors

Submissions open on October 1, 2020.

HWA is proud to announce our next anthology:

Other Fears will be an anthology of original stories revolving around a recurring theme that often comes up in both critical analysis of the horror genre and discussions about the prejudices and biases people have against minority groups that manifest in myriad phobias: the idea of “otherness.”

A fairly universal truth across oppressed, victimized, or historically underrepresented groups is that they have come to signify “otherness.” Be they of a different culture, a different background, a different belief …

HWA Presents: Don’t Turn Out the Lights

The HWA is pleased to announce the release of its newest publication, Don’t Turn Out the Lights, a middle-grade anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and published by Harper Collins. The book debuted 9/1 in hardcover, eBook, and audio.

Don’t Turn Out the Lights is a tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and features 35 stories from such talents as R.L. Stine, Madeleine Roux, and many members of the Horror Writers Association. Illustrations by Iris Compiet.



Watch interviews with the contributors:

Don’t Turn Out the Lights Panel Discussion #1

    • This is the first of a series

HWA Scholarship Winners Announced

The HWA congratulates the winners of the 2020 scholarships:


Matthew Andrew is a retired U.S. Marine who served multiple tours in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and the Balkans. He currently works in the finance sector in Dallas, Texas. His short fiction can be found in Pantheon Magazine, Blight Digest, PMMP‘s Lost Signals anthology, and Thuglit, among others.


Abril Altamirano is a cultural journalist and horror writer from Quito, Ecuador. Her work has been published in Ecuadorian printed media such as Diario La Hora, Casapalabras, and MundoDiners

New HWA Diversity Grants

The HWA is pleased to announce a new aspect to our scholarship program: the Diversity Grants.

The Diversity Grants will be open to underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers. Like the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee, the Diversity Grants have adopted the broadest definition of the word diversity to include, but not limited to, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabled, and neurodiverse.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) believes barriers—often unseen but very real—exist which limit the amount of horror fiction being published …

2020 Officer Election Results

The results of the 2020 Elections for officers are in!

  • Linda Addison, James Chambers, and Ellen Datlow have been re-elected to the Board of Trustees.
  • Becky Spratford has been re-elected as Secretary after running unopposed.
  • John Palisano has been re-elected as President after running unopposed.

Thank you to all of the candidates for running, and for your loyalty and service.

Special thank you to Errin Kemper for running this year’s election committee, and to Angel Leigh McCoy for both setting up the voting and doing the compiling.…

Webinar: Group Health Coverage Overview

Please join us for this informative and educational webinar in which we will review the basics of the Individual/Family and even Group coverage options offered to the Horror Writers Association members through the partnership with LIG Solutions. You will be surprised to learn what options you have today for not only major medical but a full suite of health coverage solutions.

Wed, Aug 19, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7603586209073069326

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