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Contest: HWA 2015 Poetry Showcase
April 30, 2015
Deadline: April 30th, 2015
Payment: Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association will be holding their second annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase in April 2015. Open to all poets, the Showcase will be accepting submissions in April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.
Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2015 and all rights will remain with the poets. Those interested in submitting should visit www.horror.org on or after April 1 to access the submissions link. Submissions are open to all, whether HWA members or not.
We are looking for more than “blood, guts, worms,” etc. Just being “icky” isn’t enough. Poetry up to fifty lines. Free verse preferred; (hint: no forced rhyme or clichés). Unpublished poems only (though previously published poets are, of course, welcome). For example, these are some contemporary poets of darkness that we admire: Wendy Rathbone, Marge Simon, Mary Turzillo, Bruce Boston, Gary Clark. Previous winners include Stephanie Wytovich, Robert Borski, Valerie Grice, and Ann K. Schwader.
In addition, at the judge’s discretion, an electronic chapbook of qualifying poems will be considered for publication under the aegis of HWA. Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.
For the 2015 Showcase the judges will be Linda D. Addison, Peter Adam Salomon, and Heather Graham.
Linda D. Addison is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry and prose and is the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. She has published 300 poems, stories and articles and is a member of CITH, HWA, SFWA and SFPA. See her site: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com for more information.
Peter Adam Salomon is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS was named one of the ten ‘Books All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center For The Book in 2014. His second novel, ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS, has been nominated for the 2014 Bram Stoker Award in the Young Adult category.
His poem ‘Electricity and Language and Me’ appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop in December 2013. In addition, he edited the first book of poetry released by the Horror Writers Association, Horror Poetry Showcase Volume 1. See his site: www.peteradamsalomon.com for more information.
Heather Graham is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of over two hundred novels including suspense, paranormal, historical, and mainstream Christmas fare. She lives in Miami, Florida, her home, and an easy shot down to the Keys where she can indulge in her passion for diving. Travel, research, and ballroom dancing also help keep her sane; she is the mother of five, and also resides with two dogs and two cats. She is CEO of Slush Pile Productions, a recording company and production house for various charity events. See her sites: www.theoriginalheathergraham.com and www.writersforneworleans.com for more information.
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