“Where members have a grievance over issues such as plagiarism, with a publisher over a contractual issue, or a similar matter; and that grievance has not been resolved after the member has made reasonable endeavors, the member may approach the HWA Grievance Committee. The Committee will consider the facts and endeavor to assist the Member in getting a satisfactory resolution.”  - HWA Member Handbook


 Function                                                                

 HWA Grievance Committee is established to provide an avenue within the organization where members may freely and openly inform the association of events that may negatively affect the organization or its members. The Chairman of the Grievance Committee must appoint volunteers to act as committee members.  The committee must have a minimum of 5 volunteers including the chairman, but never exceed 9 members, including chairman. 

 The committee DOES NOT:

  • Make decisions regarding the morality of members.
  • Take sides on any issue.
  • Play favorites. 

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Grievance Committee is to help members resolve various complaints AFTER the member has utilized their own methods of resolution.  

The chairman will notify HWA leadership and Board of Directors of any negative trends found in grievances.


Steps of grievance committee upon receiving complaint:

  1. Ensure that complainant is a dues-paying member of the HWA.
  2. Ensure that complaint specifies type of grievance.
  3. Contact complainant within 72 hours.
  4. Contact defendant within 48 hours after receiving a completed grievance form from the complainant.
  5. Check complaint against the current bylaws of the association.

 

Grievance Submission:

Complete the form below to submit a grievance to the HWA. 



Halloween Haunts Online Form Instructions

Please follow all instructions closely when submitting your post.

Contact James Chambers (jimchamb@optonline.net) with any questions.

Begin title with Halloween Haunts: and end with your byline. For example, “Halloween Haunts: The Dead Have the Best Candy by James Chambers.” All blog posts must be in Word or .RTF format and should include the following elements in this order:
  • Your Halloween-oriented blog post
  • Your giveaway. Use this text: “TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: [your name] is giving away [item offered]. Comment below or email membership@horror.org with the subject title HH Contest Entry for a chance to win.” Giveaways are optional. You may omit this section if you’re not doing one.
  • Your author bio. This must begin with your name.
  • Promotional copy for your book. This may include jacket or other descriptive copy, review excerpts, blurbs, links to your publisher’s website, Amazon, or other places where you book is available. Please embed links in text when possible or use TinyURLs for long unwieldy links.
  • An excerpt from the work you are promoting. This may also be submitted in .pdf format; see below. Please begin this with “Read an excerpt from [title of your work] by [your name]
You may include book covers, and author photo, and other images with your post, up to a total of six images. Please make sure all images meet the following specs:
  • .jpg or .png format
  • Screen resolution, 72 ppi.
  • For book cover images, image size of 200width X 300height or as close as possible.
  • For other images (not book covers), keep the image width between 200 and 300 pixels wide. Height can vary.
  • You can easily edit your images here: http://resizeimage.net/
Upload excerpts in .pdf format here. These will be available with your post as links.
You are offering work to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Anthology Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.

IMPORTANT: Submitting only one work? This page is for lists of two or more submissions. To submit a single work, look for the applicable category on the following page and submit it there: https://horrorwritersassociation.submittable.com/submit


IMPORTANT: Please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules before submitting.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.

REQUIRED: SUBMIT A LIST OF THE WORKS

  • In Excel (.xls), Word Doc (.doc,.docx,.rtf) format. 
  • Include the following information for each work:
    • Category
    • Title
    • Author
    • Author Email
    • Word Count
    • Publication Date
    • URL to web page about the work, if one exists

SUBMIT DIGITAL COPIES OF THE WORKS

To upload a digital copy or information sheet about the works offered:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), EPUB, or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then you may upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document describing your work.
HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.
You are offering your or someone else's anthology to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Anthology Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.

Work count minimum 60,000.
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your or someone else's short story collection to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Collection Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.

Word count minimum: 40,000
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your or someone else's first novel to be read by the Bram Stoker Award First Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.

Word count minimum: 40,000


SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your or someone else's graphic novel to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Graphic Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your story will make it to the ballot.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?


You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe) or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload an RTF or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete.

You are offering your story to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Long Fiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your story will make it to the ballot.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
Word count limit: 7,500 - 39,999 (submit longer works in one of the novel categories)
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?


You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe) or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload an RTF or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete.

You are offering your or someone else's nonfiction work to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Nonfiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.


Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your novel to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your novel will make it to the ballot. 

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
Word count minimum: 40,000 (submit shorter works in the appropriate other category)
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your or someone else's poetry collection to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Poetry Collection Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.


Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for works published before 11/30/16 has passed.
Any work published before that date will be rejected at this point.

You may submit your work ONLY if it was published between 12/1/16 and 12/31/16.

You are offering your or someone else's script to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Script Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.

If you don't have a copy of the script, but would like to recommend a TV show or movie please include any identifying information you can along with a link to the show/movie's website in the cover letter.

Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:
  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

You are offering your story to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Short Fiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your story will make it to the ballot.


Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.
Word count limit: 7,499 (submit longer works in the appropriate other category)


SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?


You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe) or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload an RTF or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete.

You are offering your or someone else's young-adult novel to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Young Adult Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot.


Before you offer your work or someone else's for consideration, please read the Bram Stoker Award™ Etiquette Rules and the Eligibility Rules.

Please follow the guidelines carefully.

Word count minimum: 40,000 (submit shorter works in the appropriate other category)
 

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK?

You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:
> an information sheet in PDF or RTF
> a digital copy of the work -- if you upload only the digital copy of the work, please make sure it contains all the required information listed in the guidelines below.
 

SENDING A HARD COPY OF THE WORK?

Please consider that it is extremely difficult for us to disseminate a hard copy to all jurors and we strongly prefer digital copies. Sending a hard copy hurts your chances more than it helps. You should send a hard copy only as a last resort if no digital copy exists.

For hard copy submissions please write stokerchair@horror.org to get the mailing address. (The organization cannot absolutely guarantee delivery of the work.) 

Also, please submit an information sheet about the work below.

Submit information about a work only if it was published in the current year and is eligible for a Bram Stoker Award.


FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CLOSELY:

  • Upload files only in PDF (Adobe), DOC (Word), or RTF (rich text format).
  • If you cannot upload your work, then upload a DOC, RTF, or PDF document about your work.
  • Be sure to give us as much of the following information as possible:
      > Appropriate Award Category
      > Publication date
      > Publisher
      > Word count
      > Author Name
      > Author Email
      > Author website address
      > Book website address
      > Title
      > Synopsis
      > Are you mailing a physical copy to the jury?
      > Is the work available for free online? Where?
  • HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. Remember, you're trying to impress the jury, not make their jobs harder.

 

In a major advance for our website and the positioning of our members’ work we have just launched a Young Adult Horror section on our website, at  http://www.horror.org/yahorror/
 
It’s a bit sparse at the moment but we will begin to populate it shortly. To launch, we are fortunate to have the input of acclaimed comic strip writer and HWA member, Ray Billingsley as we look to use YA horror to improve uptake of reading, and of literacy generally. 
 
All YA material that appears on our ‘Dark Whispers’ blog will be duplicated on this YA section, so that librarians, parents, teachers and young adult readers can find our YA material in one easy place. 
 
We will shortly be adding last year’s Bram Stoker Award® nominees for Young Adult Novel and the winners of the Award for this category in previous years. There will be a selective addition of ‘iconic’ and notable YA works from past years at some point also.
 
You can assist us to populate the YA section by doing the following:
 
·         If you have a blog to write about YA and YA horror you can submit by following the guidelines at the bottom of this announcement
 
·         If you have a New Release YA book don’t forget to use the New Release form: http://www.horror.org/private/new-release-form.htm
Remember the audience here is not fellow HWA members – it is librarians, parents, teachers and most of all Young Adult readers.
 
Submission Guidelines
 
Size limit: 1000 words for article, 200 words for bio
 
If you’d like to submit an article to the HWA blog, follow these simple guidelines. We reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason. 

Only members (of any level) may submit directly. Non-members must send a query first. Email queries to yaeditor@horror.org.

We accept two types of submissions: non-fiction articles and recommendations. Articles can be about anything related to the horror genre, the horror industry, horror writing, or the HWA. Keep your audience in mind. If in doubt about whether your topic is appropriate or not, you can query at yaeditor@horror.org

Word limit: 1000 words; 200 words for bio (total of 1200 words max). 

OTHER GUIDELINES: 
 
1. No profanity. 

2. No slander. 

3. Spellcheck and copyedit for punctuation and grammar. We will reject a sloppy article. 

4. No line indents. No tabs. Put a blank line between paragraphs. 

5. Indicate links by putting the URL in parentheses after the text you want linked. 

6. If you have images, please note that in your cover letter and we'll contact you about them. Images should be no smaller than 500px wide. JPG format only. We will crop it. Images must NOT be copyrighted by anyone other than you. 

7. HTML: If you know HTML and can appropriately format the article, please do, and submit it as a .txt file. 

8. You receive no payment for your article or recommendation. It will stay live on the site until you ask us to take it down, until we decide to remove it, or until the site becomes defunct. 

By submitting, you agree that the material submitted is your own work and that you have the right to let us publish it on the HWA website and blog. Send submissions to webmaster@horror.org.
If you are an HWA member, and you would like to write a book or story recommendation for the HWA blog, follow these simple guidelines. We reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason. We reserve the right to make edits.

Only members (of any level) may submit a recommendation.

Recommendations are shorter articles in which you recommend a book or short story you’ve read, explaining why you liked it and why you recommend it.

Recommendations are NOT critiques. We are not interested in what you think is wrong with a story or could use more work. We want to know why you enjoyed it. We will reject--either in part or in whole--negative statements about a particular work.

The material you're recommending does not need to have been written by an HWA member, but it does have to be related to the horror/dark fantasy/paranormal/supernatural genres, either fiction or non-fiction.

Again, these are not reviews, but recommendations. Tell us why you liked it.

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Applies only to those applying for Active or Affiliate membership. Please upload your documentation, such as a scan of your contract, proof of payment, confirmation from your publisher, or similar, to verify that your qualifying works meet the criteria in the HWA bylaws.

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The HWA is proud to announce that it will call for submissions from its members for the Poetry Showcase Volume IV beginning April 1, 2017. David E. Cowen will again be the editor for the volume. This year’s judges, along with David, will include Peter Salomon, Michael Collings and Lisa Morton.

Only HWA members (of any status) may submit. The reason for this can be found in the word “Showcase.” The HWA is very proud of the tradition of poetry in the horror genre and of the HWA’s support for poetry. This volume is designed to showcase the talents of HWA members which is why it is now limited to members. We will verify membership and if a non-member submits he or she must obtain some level of membership prior to the final cut for the volume to be considered.

The rules for this year’s volume will be similar to previous years:

1. No more than 35 lines. Each author or group of collaborators on a single poem may only submit one poem. Speculative and dark verse is welcome but it should have a “horror” slant.

2. No fancy formatting, dual columns, lining of poems in the center of the page, poems that require strange configurations to look like an image and similar formatting. This may certainly be pretty but are very difficult to translate to a single page for publishing. Poems should be submitted in .rtf, .txt or Word formats.

3. Any form – free verse, metered, rhyming, haiku, Tanka etc. – is acceptable. But, if you do use a more traditional form, please remember that poor writing, overly heavy reliance on cliché and imitation will significantly reduce any chances of acceptance. We need good poetry. For example. George (Lord Byron) Gordon already owns the phrase “She walks in beauty, like the light.” Evangeline Walton and many others have overused the phrase “She Walks in Darkness.” Stay away from these type of archetypal clichés. HWA members are good writers for a reason; they write well. Your poetry needs to be written well and you would want to be if published.

4. English only please.

5. No previously published works or simultaneous submissions.

6. Rights will revert on publication with the HWA retaining the right to use the poem in relation to promoting the volume.

7. The HWA will give you the choice of a $5.00 payment or a hard bound copy of Volume IV.

8. HWA will also provide accepted authors with an e-copy of the Volume.

9. HWA will most likely also provide a discount code to authors to purchase additional copies.

Submissions will open April 1, 2017 to celebrate National Poetry Month. Submissions will close April 30, 2017 at midnight in a time zone to be determined by the HWA. Submissions will be made through the HWA’s Submittable pages. More information on that will follow. Our hope is to have a decision on the poems that are accepted and the top four poems of the Volume before the end of May 2017 with a publication date sometime late in the Summer of 2017.

The past three volumes of the Poetry Showcase have been top Kindle sellers. This is a chance of getting your work in a “bestseller” and to help the HWA celebrate and promote the contribution of poetry to the genre.

Ends on July 1, 2017

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

A sub-committee appointed by the HWA Board will choose the winner, who will be announced each year.

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.

Rules – The Dark Poetry Scholarship.

  1. Authority – the Dark Poetry Scholarship is established by the authority of the Horror Writers Association Board.
  2. Anyone with an interest in writing horror/dark fantasy poetry may apply. Membership in HWA is not a requirement.
  3. The application period shall be determined each year by the Scholarship Committee.
  4. The Board will appoint a sub-committee of no less than three members, who will be the sole determinants of the winners of each Scholarship. The sub-Committee will be composed of one Board member and two previous winners of the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection (unless otherwise authorised by a resolution of the Board). The sub-committee has the discretion not to announce a winner if it feels no applicant is up to the required standard. The sub-committee may not allocate joint winners of any Scholarship. They may not give multiple Scholarships to the same person in one year. They may not give a Scholarship to a writer who has previously won any HWA Scholarship.
  5. Applicants must fill in and submit the Application Form designed for that purpose; the Application Form must be published at www.horror.org but may be also made available in any other way the HWA sees fit.
  6. The Application Form must include a section in which the Applicant outlines how the Scholarship Funds would be spent (an ‘Education Plan’) and how that would benefit the applicant’s career development
  7. The Application form must call for an Essay from the applicant indicating their intent in applying for the Scholarship and how it will benefit their professional writing career.
  8. The sub-committee may use any criteria it sees fit to determine the winner but should consider the following matters:
    1. The quality and potential shown in each applicants’ written work to date (including any samples that may be submitted to support the application; and any examples the sub-committee may seek out);
    2. The essay described in Rule 7;
    3. The likelihood that the applicant’s career would benefit from further writing education (in respect of this the sub-committee will consider writers with any experience, background or body of work – from aspiring unpublished writers through to those who already have an extensive publishing record – the key here is the likelihood of the applicant benefitting from further writing education);
    4. The likelihood that the applicant is committed to writing and publishing horror and/or dark fantasy poetry;
    5. The likelihood that the applicant is committed to the horror genre;
    6. The likelihood that the applicant will contribute to the development of the genre, including increasing and/or broadening our readership;
    7. The Education Plan the applicant has submitted;
    8. The financial need of the applicant; and
    9. The broad interests of the HWA and the horror genre
  9. On winning a Scholarship a writer should have regard to implementing their Education Plan in spending the Scholarship monies. Actual spend must be in accordance with the following process:
    1. Only expenditures that comply with Rule 10 are eligible (whether or not the expense appeared in the applicants’ Education Plan);
    2. If the expenditure appeared in their Education Plan and is eligible the applicant will ask the Treasurer to make payment on their behalf; or they will seek reimbursement from the Treasurer for a payment they have made, providing receipts for that expenditure (noting that no payments made before the Scholarship was announced may be reimbursed under any circumstances). Under no circumstances will advances or prepayments be made direct to the Scholarship winner – where the HWA contribution is only part of a payment being made the applicant must either seek reimbursement; or the HWA will make a co-payment with the applicant);
    3. If the expenditure appeared in their Education Plan and is eligible the applicant must seek approval from the Board Scholarship Sub-Committee. Such approval must be made promptly (certainly within 30 days); must not be withheld unreasonably; and the applicant has the right to appeal to the full Board if not satisfied with the sub-committee’s decision. The Board should make any appeal decision promptly, and in any case, within 30 days of the original appeal being lodged.
  10. The following expenditures are eligible under the Scholarship:
    1. Course fees for physical or online poetry courses offered by recognized educational institutions; bona fide poets associations; or recognized individual tutors, or groups of poets. The HWA scholarship sub-committee shall be the sole determinant of whether a course is recognized or bona fide but such recognition should not be unreasonably withheld;
    2. Resources such as textbooks, software etc. required of each person attending the course (the HWA will only reimburse relevant software purchases to a maximum of $250);
    3. Poetry Writing Guides and other publications (only where such publications can be demonstrated to assist in the winner's writing education);
    4. Registration fees for no more than one poetry festival per year and only where that festival includes relevant presentations;
    5. Registration fees for no more than one horror genre convention per year;
    6. Subscription fees to no more than two periodicals per year (and only where the periodical can be demonstrated assist in the winner’s education);
    7. Membership fees in non-genre writers’ groups or associations to a maximum of $100 per year (and only where such membership can be demonstrated to assist in the winner’s writing education).
  11. The following expenditures are not eligible under the Scholarship:
    1. Courses offered by any family member of the winner; nor any entity associated with the winner;
    2. Travel, accommodation, meals and related costs, except where those costs are already included in course fees (for instance for ‘live-in’ courses);
    3. Purchases of hardware or software (excepting software noted in 10b);
    4. HWA membership fees.
  12. The winners have a maximum of two calendar years from the announcement to spend the total funds of their Award. Any monies not spent by the expiry of that time period are forfeited. Any monies spent within the two year but not claimed with 90 days of the end of the two year period will not be reimbursed.
  13. The Scholarship will be made available annually but the HWA Board has the right to suspend the Scholarship in any given year for the sole reason of limited finances; or to abolish the Scholarship altogether. Notice of such suspension or abolition must be given no later than 31 October each year.
  14. Scholarship recipients agree to provide bios and photographs to HWA for use in promoting the Scholarships; and recipients will also agree to reasonable requests for interviews regarding the educational experiences provided by the scholarship.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A maximum of four samples of your horror or dark fantasy poetry in PDF, Word or .RTF formats
  • Your writing resume
  • Your Essay indicating your intent in applying for the Scholarship and how it will benefit your professional writing career.
  • An Education Plan. This Plan should indicate how you would propose to spend the US$1,250 scholarship should you win.
  • A brief statement as to your financial need to make application for this Scholarship, rather than paying these costs personally
  • A list of no more than three references (none of whom may be members of the HWA Board). State why each reference has been chosen and provide an email address for each.

 

The Dark Poetry Scholarship was originally made possible by a grant from Michael Randolph. It is currently funded by monies received by HWA from the Authors Coalition.

Ends on July 1, 2017

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship will be open to all horror writers (HWA membership is not a requirement).

The first Scholarships were awarded in 2014. Thereafter, the Scholarships are given annually. Scholarships are designed to assist in the professional development of horror writers.

The application for each Scholarship will be the same – a sub-Committee of the HWA Board will choose the winners, who will be announced each year.

The HWA and Mary Shelley Scholarships are each worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

Those who are interested in applying are advised to review the general rules before proceeding.

The HWA Scholarship is made by possible by monies received by HWA from the Authors Coalition.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, offers the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-fiction Writing, an endowed fund providing grants for research and writing nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature. The Fund will provide grants annually. Membership in HWA is not a requirement.

Wood, the former President of the HWA, passed away in December of 2014 from complications with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“Not only was Rocky one of the world’s leading authorities on the work of Stephen King,” said Lisa Morton, current HWA President, “but he was also much beloved for his tireless support of upcoming writers. We are delighted to be able to honor him by offering this scholarship in his name.”

“Rocky was extremely dedicated to the HWA,” said Board of Trustees Chairperson Marge Simon. “It is fitting that a new generation of horror writers will be supported through a grant bearing his name.”

The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-fiction Writing (the “Wood Scholarship”) is established by the authority of the Horror Writers Association Board with the generous support of individual donors.


Rules

1.    Membership in HWA is not necessary in order to apply.

2.    The application period each year shall be determined by the Scholarship Committee.

3.    Funds will be awarded as the result of the competitive vetting process described below in Rule 8.

4.    The Board of Trustees of HWA will appoint a sub-committee of no less than three members, including at least two published non-fiction authors, who will be the sole determinants of the recipient of the Wood Scholarship. The sub-committee has the discretion not to announce a recipient if it feels no application justifies a Wood Scholarship. The sub-committee may not give a Wood Scholarship to a writer who has previously received a Wood Scholarship.

5.    The announcement of any recipients will occur on a date determined by the Committee each year.

6.    Applicants must fill in and submit the Application Form designed for that purpose; the Application Form must be published at www.horror.org but may be also be made available in any other way the HWA sees fit.

7.    The Application Form must include a section in which the applicant outlines how the Scholarship would be used (a ‘Plan’) and how such use would benefit the field of non-fiction writing regarding horror and dark fantasy literature.

8.    The sub-committee may use any criteria it sees fit to determine the recipients (if any) but should consider the following matters:

a.    In selecting the recipients, the sub-committee shall focus primarily on advancing the writing of nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature and not on advancing the career of the applicants;

b.    Works that are likely to have a broad impact and significance shall be favored over works that are likely to have a limited interest;

c.    Proposed works may focus on an individual author or book, historical, scientific, or cultural events or developments, or serve as reference tools for researchers and writers in the field.

9.    On receiving a Wood Scholarship, a recipient should have regard to implementing their Plan in spending the Scholarship monies. Actual spending must be in accordance with the following process:

a.    If the expenditure appeared in their Plan and is eligible, the applicant will ask the Treasurer to make payment on their behalf; or they will seek reimbursement from the Treasurer for a payment they have made, providing receipts for that expenditure (noting that no payments made before the Scholarship was announced may be reimbursed under any circumstances). Under no circumstances will advances or prepayments be made direct to the Scholarship recipient– where the HWA contribution is only part of a payment being made, the recipient must either seek reimbursement; or the HWA will make a co-payment with the recipient.

b.    If the expenditure did not appear in their Plan but is otherwise eligible, the recipient must seek approval for such expenditure from the sub-committee. Such approval must be made promptly (certainly within 30 days); must not be withheld unreasonably; and the recipient has the right to appeal to the Board of Trustees of HWA if not satisfied with the sub-committee’s decision. The Board will decide all appeals promptly, and in any case, within 30 days of the original appeal being lodged.

10.    The following expenditures are not eligible to be paid or reimbursed under the Scholarship:

a.     Services offered by any family member of the winner; nor any entity associated with the winner;

b.    HWA membership fees.

11.    Woods Scholarship recipients have a maximum of two calendar years from the announcement to spend the total funds of their Scholarship. Any monies not spent by the expiry of that time period are forfeited. Any monies spent within the two year but not claimed with 90 days of the end of the two year period will not be reimbursed.

12.    The Woods Scholarships will be made available annually but the HWA Board of Trustees has the right to suspend the Woods Scholarship program in any given year if funds are unavailable or to abolish the Scholarships altogether. Notice of such suspension or abolition shall be given no later than 31 October each year. However, no action by the Board shall affect Woods Scholarships previously granted.

13.    Woods Scholarship recipients agree to provide bios and photographs to HWA for use in promoting the Scholarships; and recipients will also agree to reasonable requests for interviews regarding the educational experiences provided by the Scholarship.


The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-fiction Writing is made possible by the generous donations of Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press as well as individual donors.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship will be open to female writers horror writers.

The first Scholarships were awarded in 2014. Thereafter, the Scholarships are given annually. Both Scholarships are designed to assist in the professional development of our members.

HWA President Rocky Wood explained the intent of The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, “It is very clear to the HWA that there are unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. There are many fine women writers being published in our genre but we also see potential for the percentage of horror fiction being published by women to increase. This Scholarship, named after the great female horror writer, aims to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it. At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are also establishing Horror Writers Association Scholarship, which is open to all our members, regardless of gender.”

The application for each Scholarship will be the same – a sub-Committee of the HWA Board will choose the winners.

Each Scholarship is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship (see the Rules at www.horror.org/scholarships for more detail).

“These are the largest, and possibly the only, Scholarships offered in the horror genre. HWA hopes to supplement these scholarships with smaller grants as funds allow,” Wood said.

Those who are interested in applying should review the General Application Info.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is made by possible by monies received by HWA from the Authors Coalition.