2021 HWA Scholarship and Grant Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2021 scholarships and diversity grants.

Eugen M. Bacon, Jonathan Kincade, Tonya Liburd, Somto Ihezue Onyedikachi, and Juan Manuel Pérez are winners of the $500 Diversity Grants, given to “underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers.”

Shannon DeAnne Lawrence won the $2,500 Horror Writers Association Scholarship. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, the scholarship is “designed to assist in the professional development of horror writers.”

Amanda Leigh Madrid received the $2,500 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, it is given annually “to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it.”

Timothy Flynn won the $1,250 Dark Poetry Scholarship, first awarded in 2015 and “designed to assist in the professional development of Horror and/or Dark Fantasy Poets.”

HWA also chose a winner for the $500 Dennis Etchison Young Writers Award, “but as they are a minor, their name and likeness will be unreleased due to privacy laws.”

The HWA has also awarded five libraries $250 for the Young Adults Write Now Endowment Program to “help fund teen writing programs as part of the HWA’s ongoing dedication to furthering young adult literacy.” Winning libraries are The Cuesta College Library, The New York Public Library Inwood Branch, The Racine Public Library, The Scott Community College Library, and The Solano County Library.

For more information, including rules for applying for HWA scholarships (many of which do not require membership in the organization), see the HWA website.

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