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Financial Information & Donations


The Horror Writers Association is a recognized public charity under the IRS 501c3 tax code.

HWA Incorporation
Ohio, March 6, 1987, 501(c)(6)
Federal Filing Date: November 19th, 2012, 501(c)3 Public Charity
Tax Exempt Status — IRS Determination Letter (PDF)
HWA’s Most Recent Tax Filing


The Horror Writers Association accepts gifts of stock, cash, and other assets as permissible under the law and the IRS Tax governing non-profits. Donations may be given directly through our public Pledge.to page year-round (link back to the Donate Now button), or interested donors may contact the Executive Director, Maxwell Gold at director@horror.org for inquiries.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Horror Writers Association premiere event StokerCon and more information is available at https://www.stokercon2024.com/sponsors.

Donors interested in supporting and or gifting to existing scholarship programs, please also contact the Executive Director.

We implore you to visit https://horrorscholarships.com/ to familiarize yourself with the important educational work the HWA is doing to support writers in the horror genre.

All donations to the Horror Writers Association, which include our Scholarship Fund, Hardship Fund and other programs, are tax deductible to taxpayers within the United States as charitable contributions. The HWA will issue tax receipts for all donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts, indicating the tax-deductible status of those monies.

If you have a general question or comment, are interested in making a tax‑deductible contribution, or are interested in supporting or partnering with the Horror Writers through other financial means, please contact the Treasurer at treasurer@horror.org.

Donations, bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts may be sent:

  • by check made out to: The Horror Writers Association and posted to:
      Horror Writers Association
      P.O. Box #14387
      Columbus, OH 43214
  • or via Paypal to treasurer@horror.org

As a reminder the Hardship Fund provides loans to long term members, particularly those who have served the HWA or the genre and fallen upon hard times. It also funds Dues that have been waived by the Board of Trustees. Our Bylaws (section III, 26, iii) state: “the Board may by unanimous vote waive the payment of dues of any Member for the sole reason of financial hardship but only where the member has, in the opinion of the Board, contributed significantly to the HWA and/or the genre. Dues Relief will be for one year only. Any dues so waived will be deducted from the Hardship Fund.”

The Scholarship Fund is used to continue our tradition of providing monies to members and non-members for writing courses, events, texts, other programs, or experiences that benefit their career as a writer of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We also offer funding opportunities to libraries to expand their young adult reading programs.

Please also note that Membership Dues are generally deductible as a business expense. For US taxpayers who do not claim them as a Business Expense, they may be claimed as a charitable donation under this determination.

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