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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. Exclusions for its use may apply.  

The Fund will provide grants annually. Membership in HWA is not a requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: This Scholarship Fund is NOT a general scholarship, but is intended to advance the writing of a specific nonfiction project related to the horror field. Applications to the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund that seek general educational funds will be immediately declined.

Rocky  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, former 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 former 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.

Read the rules prior to applying to improve your chances of success.
One cannot be eligible for the same scholarship, grant, or endowment 2 years in a row. Exclusions may apply.

All applicants must use the online application forms, filling in all sections and copy/paste 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 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.


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