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You must be at least 13 years old to apply for this scholarship. We recommend you have a teacher or parent assist you with the application.


The Dennis Etchison Young Writers scholarship will be open to students in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent, if homeschooled), with an interest in writing horror/dark fiction.

Students must provide a selection of their work (at least 1 completed short story over 1,000 words, 3 chapters from a novel in progress, or 4 poems), at least one letter of reference by their instructor(s), and a description of their goals with an education plan for use of the stipend.

The winner may apply the $500 toward college tuition, course fees (online or traditional), and/or materials pertaining to the enhancement of writing skills, such as textbooks, software, or computers. The money can also be used for online Horror University courses from the HWA (information on Horror U. courses available online – www.horror.org or by request).


The recipient will have 2 years to utilize the funds.


Bonus: Multi-award nominated author JG Faherty will mentor the winner for 6 months.

The winner will be chosen by HWA’s Scholarship Committee.

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