“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. 



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


We have two submission periods: 

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 == For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 == For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.

You are offering multiple works that you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Jury. This does not guarantee that your works will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.     


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

Please follow the following two guidelines carefully.

1. Submit a list of the works in Excel (.xls), Word Doc (.doc, .docx), or RTF format

   Include the following information for each work:          

  • Category
  • Title
  • Author
  • Author Email (or Publisher Email)
  • Word Count
  • Publication Date
  • URL to web page about the work, if one exists

  
2. Submit a digital copy of each work in PDF or Word Doc format


HALT! Take your time. Make sure your recommendation is neatly formatted and complete. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.
 

 We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early. 

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Anthology Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.     

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.
 

We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Fiction Collection Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.    

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.
 

We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.     

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award First Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.    

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.

We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Graphic Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.  

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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: 

            > Award category
           > Publication date
           > Publisher
           > Word count
           > Author name
           > Author email
           > Author and/or 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.  
 

We have two submission periods: 

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Long Fiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.      

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 the Novel or First Novel categories)

SUBMITTING A DIGITAL COPY OF THE WORK? You may upload either or both of the following per work offered:

  • an information sheet in PDF, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   

We have two submission periods: 

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Nonfiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.   

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   

We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.  

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   

We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Poetry Collection Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.  

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   

We have two submission periods: 

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

 We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Screenplay Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.    

If you don't have a copy of the script, but would like to recommend a TV show or movie please see the Recommended Reading List to recommend the work there.

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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

            > Release date or original air date

            > Production Company

            > Writer name

            > Writer or studio email

            > Author website address

            > Movie or show 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   


We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Short Fiction Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.  

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 in PDF, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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.

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   


We have two submission periods:  

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Short Nonfiction Collection Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.    

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: between 1,000 and 40,000 words (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 in PDF, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   

 

We have two submission periods: 

  1. Now through November 30, 2020 — For all works published between January 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020
  2. December 1 through December 31, 2020 — For all works published between December 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

We do this to save our jurors from having too big an avalanche of works at the end of the year, so please submit early.    

You are offering your own or a work you published or edited or had a hand in to be read by the Bram Stoker Award Young Adult Novel Jury. This does not guarantee that your work will make it to the ballot. This will not get the work on the Recommended Reading List — that is a separate process.    

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, Word Doc, or RTF format
  • 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 we strongly prefer digital copies. 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 designated mailing address (please note: the organization cannot 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. 

For questions or concerns, please email stokerchair@horror.org.   


 

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’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.

If you wish to submit to HWA's Poetry Blog, please email poetry@horror.org

Only members (of any level) may submit. (Join now.)

We accept only non-fiction articles. 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 webmaster@horror.org.

Word limit: 1000 words; plus 200 words for bio (total of 1200 words max). (serialized submissions are okay, but construct the break neatly instead of just chopping up a longer article.)

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. If you know HTML, please do code the link in using ahref tags and submit it as a .txt file.

6. If you have images, please attach them to this submission. Images should be no smaller than 500px wide and no larger than 800px wide. JPG or PNG formats only. Images must be royalty free or owned by 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. 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.

        9. If the material you're submitting is time sensitive, please note that in the submission form and understand that we require four weeks to prepare and approve the article.

        10. If this work is a reprint, please note in the form where it was previously published. 

!*! 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. 

We reserve the right to reject any submission without providing a reason for doing so. We do not give comments or notes on rejected submissions. 

Thank you for your interest in the Horror Writers Association's blog!

The HWA is proud to announce that it will call for submissions from its members for the Poetry Showcase Volume V beginning April 1. Stephanie Wytovich will be the editor for the volume. This year’s judges, along with Stephanie, will include Gwendolyn Kiste and Carina Bissett.

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 night.” 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 hardbound copy of the volume.

 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 to celebrate National Poetry Month. Submissions will close May 31 at 11:59PM Pacific. 

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 with a publication date sometime late in the upcoming Summer.

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.

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