2022 HWA Specialty Awards

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Jo Fletcher, Nancy Holder, and Koji Suzuki as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually by the Board of Trustees to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

Valancourt Books won the Specialty Press Award, given “to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

The Richard Laymon President’s Award, “presented to a member who has served HWA in an exemplary manner and shown exceptional dedication to the organization,” will go to Sumiko Saulson. The winner is chosen by HWA’s sitting president.

Kevin J. Wetmore is the winner of the Silver Hammer Award, presented “to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for the organization, often unsung and behind the scenes” and chosen by HWA’s Board of Trustees.

Michael Knost is the winner of the Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2014, the Award “recognizes one mentor in the Mentor Program who has done an outstanding job of helping newer writers” and is chosen by the current chair of the mentor program.

The 2021 Stoker Awards final ballot was previously announced. Winners will be honored at a gala during StokerCon 2022, to be held May 12-15, 2022 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO. For more information, see the Stoker Awards website or the StokerCon announcement.

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