HWA Names 2022 Scholarship From Hell Winners

The Horror Writers Association today announced the 2022 Scholarship from Hell winner Tracy Cross, and a special virtual Scholarship from Hell winner Rosemary Thorne.

Tracy Cross impressed the convention committee with her commitment to pushing her writing beyond traditional boundaries, developing her unique voice as a horror writer, and deepening connections within the horror community.

Rosemary Thorne impressed the convention committee with her deep, long-term commitment to horror writing and her perseverance and persistence in writing horror in a region that discourages the genre.

Scholarship From Hell applicants submit a 250-word essay discussing how they think the scholarship would improve their skills as a writer; the winners are chosen by a committee. The in-person scholarship provides for travel, accommodation, and membership in HWA’s StokerCon™ — held this year from May 12-15 in Denver, CO. Both the in-person and virtual winner will participate in Horror University, a series of intensive writing workshops taught by top industry professionals.

Tracy Cross

Tracy Cross’s work has been featured in several podcasts, including ‘Nighty Night with Rabia Chaudry (advocate and author of the New York Times bestselling book “Adnan’s Story”). She also has had several stories published in mass-market anthologies. She is hoping to publish her first book, Rootwork, a folk horror homage to her late grandmother, in 2022. She describes her writing as “exciting stories with breadcrumbs” that lead the reader to an unexpected and rewarding ending. She lives in Washington, DC, is a member of the HWA, and is a huge Prince fan. She loves disco and shares her latest exploits and information on her blog: tracycwritesonline.com.


Rosemary Thorne

Rosemary Thorne is a Spanish bilingual writer, researcher and translator living in Madrid, Spain. Bachelor in Journalism, with a Master’s Degree in archives, record management and librarianship, she has been her entire life producing horror fiction in her mother tongue, with no local professional encouragement whatsoever. In 2019 she decided to become an HWA member and began to think of the genre in English terms.

She was born in 1968, year of shocking revolutions, beautiful women, and excellent red wine. That’s why she has never given up: after twenty years drafting, raising a son as a single mum, and surviving two worldwide crises, she finally put together her second novel, which was published in Spanish in December 2021. One of her subjects of research is to analyze the way folk legends turn first into literature and then into movies, proving her points in a brief essay about 16th-century Hungarian aristocrat Erzsébet Báthory. Her goal is to have her novel and stories translated into several languages and to populate the world with her monsters. She also wants to contribute to elevating the prestige of the genre, putting forward in the debate that a Horror writer is as worthy of being considered for major awards such as the Nobel Prize for Literature as any other professional.

Since 2021 she has volunteered in the HWA Chapter Program, liaising with its international chapters and helping to promote the Horror genre in Europe.

Find out more about her: https://linktr.ee/Rosemary_thorne

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HWA Opens Submission Window for Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association will accept applications for its Scholarship From Hell from October 1, 2021 through January 1, 2022. Click for a full list of rules.

The Scholarship From Hell puts the recipient right into the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of Horror University, which takes place during HWA’s annual StokerCon®.

The winner of the scholarship will receive domestic coach airfare (contiguous 48 states) to and from StokerCon 2022 in Denver, CO, May 12-15, a 4 night stay at the convention,  free registration to StokerCon®, and as many Horror University workshops as they’d like to attend

Membership in HWA or StokerCon® is not necessary in order to apply.
 
The Scholarship From Hell is made possible by monies received by HWA from the Authors Coalition.
 
Visit this link to read more and to submit an application.

Click here to see the workshops offered by Horror University during StokerCon™ 2021 this past May.

HWA to Start Taking Applications for 2019 Scholarship From Hell on 3/1

The Horror Writers Association will accept applications for its Scholarship From Hell from March 1 through March 15. Click for a full list of rules.

The winner of the scholarship will receive travel to and from StokerCon 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI, May 9-12, as well as accommodation, convention membership, and entry to all classes in the convention’s Horror University programming. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States.

Horror University has a dozen different sessions and other options this year, conducted by these notable authors and editors:

  • Linda Addison / More Scary Forms: The World of Structured Poetry for All Writers
  • Michael Arnzen / Making the Reader Squirm
  • J.D. Barker / From Indie to Traditional: Every Dirty Little Secret You Need to Know
  • Jennifer Brozek / How to Pitch a Story
  • Nicole Cushing / Beyond Branding: Discovering the Writer You’re Meant to Be
  • Patrick Freivald / Saying More With Less: Word Economy in Writing Genre
  • Steve Hopstaken / Novel Writing with Scrivener Software
  • John Edward Lawson / Writing Characters of Color
  • Angel Leigh McCoy / Audiobooks: Another Revenue Stream for Writers
  • John Skipp / The Master Plotting Crash Course
  • Tim Waggoner / The Art of Suspense
  • Kevin Wetmore Jr. / Research and Write Horror Non-Fiction

Membership in HWA or StokerCon is not necessary in order to apply. The scholarship winner will be announced April 1.

HWA Awards 2018 Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association has announced that Kenesha Williams has been picked to receive the 2018 Scholarship From Hell.

The scholarship provides a for travel, accommodation, and membership in HWA’s StokerCon™ — held this year in Providence, RI — where the winner participates in Horror University, a series of intensive writing workshops taught by top industry professionals.

Scholarship From Hell applicants submit a 250-word essay outlining their goals in attending the convention; the winner is chosen by the convention’s chairs.

Kenesha Williams

“We read dozens and dozens of excellent essays this year,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, “but Kenesha had exactly the right combination of dedication to the craft of writing and to the genre that we look for.”

Kenesha Williams is an independent author, speaker, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine. She took to heart the advice, “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself,” and created a speculative fiction literary magazine featuring characters that were representative of the diversity of Black womanhood. She has happily parlayed her love for the weird and the macabre into Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine, finding the best in undiscovered talent in speculative fiction. She currently lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three little boys.

HWA Taking Applications for 2018 Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications for its Scholarship From Hell until January 29. Click for a full list of rules and application link.

The winner of the scholarship will receive travel to and from StokerCon 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island, March 1-4, 2018, as well as accommodation, convention membership, and entry to all classes in the convention’s Horror University programming. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States.

Membership in HWA or StokerCon is not necessary in order to apply. Enter using the form here.

The scholarship winner will be announced February 1.

Horror University has 20 different sessions and other options this year, conducted by these notable authors and editors:

  • A SENSE OF DREAD: EMPLOYING THE SENSES TO EVOKE SUSPENSE AND CHARACTER EMPATHY IN FICTION, Instructors: Douglas Wynne and Bracken MacLeod
  • BUILD A BETTER MONSTER, Instructor: Tim Waggoner
  • DONE TO DEATH: AVOIDING CLICHES IN HORROR AND FANTASY, Instructor: Tim Waggoner
  • DRILLING DOWN: GETTING HONEST WITH YOUR HORROR, Instructor: Grady Hendrix
  • GOAL SETTING FOR YOUR WRITING CAREER (OR HOBBY), Instructor: Nicole Cushing
  • GRAB THE READERS AND NEVER LET THEM GO, Instructor: Kate Jonez
  • HOW TO WRITE KILLER POETRY, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich
  • PICTURING FEAR: WRITING HORROR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS, Instructor: James Chambers
  • RESEARCH AND WRITE HORROR NON-FICTION, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr.
  • RESUME WRITING AND JOB SEARCHING FOR WRITERS—HOW TO GET THAT DAY JOB, Instructor: JG Faherty
  • SAYING MORE WITH LESS, Instructor: Patrick Freivald
  • SET THE HOOK! HOW TO KEEP THEM READING INTO THE NIGHT, Instructor: Hank Schwaeble
  • SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR WRITERS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich
  • STARTING YOUR HORROR WRITING CAREER: SHORT STORIES FOR BEGINNERS, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr.
  • TAKE YOUR WRITING TO ANOTHER LEVEL, Instructor: Jason V Brock
  • WOMEN AND VIOLENCE: UNLEASHING YOUR FEMALE CHARACTERS’ DARK SIDES, Instructors: Heather Herrman and Dr. Lauren Genovesi
  • WORKING WITH EDITORS, Instructor: Sandra Kasturi
  • MAKING THE READER SQUIRM, Instructor: Michael Arnzen
  • LOVECRAFT TOURS! A WALKING TOUR of H.P. LOVECRAFT’S PROVIDENCE, Instructor: Darrell Schweitzer
  • SCREAM QUEENS: THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SLASHER FILMS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich

Everyone else who is interested can purchase admissions to the individual sessions here.

HWA Awards 2017 Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association has announced that its 2017 Scholarship From Hell recipient is Billicent James San Juan.

The scholarship includes roundtrip domestic travel to and from Long Beach, a four-night stay on the Queen Mary, free registration to StokerCon2017 and as many Horror University workshops as she’d like to attend.

Second runner-up Lisa Blair Kroger will receive a convention membership donated by Tim Waggoner, registration to his Horror University class and one more Horror University class of her choice.

Third runner-up Garrett Johnson will receive a convention membership and one Horror University class of his choice.

Horror University has more than 20 different sessions and other options this year.

StokerCon 2017 takes place April 27-30 on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

HWA Taking Applications for 2017 Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications for its Scholarship From Hell until March 15.

The winner of the scholarship will receive a trip to StokerCon 2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and  participate in the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of “Horror University.”

Horror University has more than 20 different sessions and other options this year, conducted by these notable authors and editors:

  • Gretchen McNeil: Character-Driven Plotting and the 3-Act Horror Novel
  • Jonathan Maberry: Act Like a Writer
  • Jack Ketchum: Writing from Experience, Writing from the Wound
  • Linda Addison: Scary Forms: The World of Structured Poetry for All Writers
  • Nicole Cushing: How to Give a Great interview
  • Joe Nassise: Story Engines
  • John Skipp: How to Write Like a Scenarist (And Adapting to Stage, Screen and Comics)
  • Josh Finney / Kat Rocha: Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels
  • James Chambers: Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Tim Waggoner: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Horror
  • Ace Antonio Hall: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers
  • Patrick Freivald: Saying More with Less
  • Sèphera Girón: Tarot Cards and Writing 101
  • Hank Schwaeble: Saying More With Less
  • Jason V. Brock: Take Your Writing to Another Level
  • Johnny Worthen: Mistakes Were Made
  • Michael Arnzen: Making Readers Squirm
  • Tom Leveen: How to Write Awesome Dialog
  • Kate Jonez: Editing Intensive

Membership in HWA or StokerCon is not necessary in order to apply. Enter using the form here.

The scholarship winner will be announced March 30.

Everyone else who is interested can purchase admissions to the individual sessions can be here.

HWA Awards 2016 Scholarship From Hell

scholarships214x164The Horror Writers Association has announced that its Scholarship From Hell recipient is Sumiko Saulson.

The scholarship includes roundtrip domestic travel to Las Vegas, accommodations at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, registration to StokerCon 2016, and as many workshops as she can attend

Additionally, HWA awarded a runner-up mini-scholarship (registration & five workshops) to Hillary Dodge.

The Scholarship From Hell (for StokerCon) puts the recipient into an intensive, hands-on workshop environment (called Horror University). There are 18 instructors lined up for the workshop, including Jonathan Maberry, Jo Fletcher, Stephen Jones and Lucy Snyder.