Ends on August 31, 2019

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.

  • All applicants must use the online application forms, filling in all sections and uploading the documents requested: cover letter, author bio, statement of financial need (if applicable), education plan,  and creative writing sample. Failure to include any information may invalidate the entry.

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