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IMPORTANT: This award can NOT be used to pay college tuition.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship may be awarded to a writer who identifies as a woman. 

One cannot be eligible for the same scholarship, grant, or endowment 2 years in a row.

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.

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 http://horrorscholarships.com/general-application-info/ for more detail). Exclusions may apply.

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 copy/pasting 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.


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