The Horror Writers Association Is Offering New Diversity Grants!

In another great step toward helping level the playing writing field, the Horror Writers Association has created new diversity grants to help those with a passion for writing who are usually underrepresented in the field. There are four that will be available in the upcoming year and I suspect quite a few applicants. If you’re planning on sending one in, be prepared! The full details are in the link at the bottom of the announcement which you’ll need to follow.

The HWA is pleased to announce a new aspect to our scholarship program: the Diversity Grants.

The Diversity Grants will be open to underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers. Like the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee, the Diversity Grants have adopted the broadest definition of the word diversity to include, but not limited to, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabled, and neurodiverse.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) believes barriers—often unseen but very real—exist which limit the amount of horror fiction being published by diverse voices. The goal of these Grants is to help remove some of the barriers and let those voices be heard.

This (2020) is the first year each Grant is offered, and four (4) will be awarded. The number of grants awarded in the future is subject to the amount of funds raised.

Thanks to the generosity of NoveList, LibraryReads, ARRT Reads, and RA for All, each 2020 Grant is worth $500 and may be spent on approved expenses for a period of two (2) years following the awarding of the Grant.

A sub-committee of the HWA Board—consisting of four (4) HWA member volunteers and chaired by a HWA Board member—will collect the applicants’ information, verify it, and choose the winners.

To learn more and to apply, visit our Horror Scholarships website.

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