2017 Horror Writers Association Scholarships Winners

By: Horror Writers Association
LOS ANGELES - Oct. 10, 2017 - PRLog -- Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announces its 2017 Scholarship Winners. HWA President, Lisa Morton, stated: "The organization is proud to support accomplished writers, poets, and researchers. This year's winners reflect some truly deserving candidates. We are thrilled to announce this exciting news.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship was first awarded in 2014 and is open to all horror writers (HWA membership was not a requirement). The award is given annually to a deserving horror writer to assist in his/her professional development. The award includes a stipend of $2,500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship. A subcommittee of the HWA Board chooses the winner each year

This year's winner is John C. Mannone. His work has been included in Blue Fifth Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Pirene's Fountain, Event Horizon, Eye To The Telescope and others. He's the winner of the 2017 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature and the recipient of two Weymouth writing residencies. He has three poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), nominated for the 2017 Elgin Book Award; Disabled Monsters (The Linnet's Wings Press) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books; and Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing). He's been awarded two Joy Margrave Awards for Nonfiction and nominated for several Pushcart, Rhysling, and Best of the Net awards. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. He is a professor of physics near Knoxville, TN. http://jcmannone.wordpress.c (http://jcmannone.wordpress.com/)om

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is open to female horror writers. It was first awarded in 2014, and is given annually. This Scholarship, named after a great female horror writer, aims to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it. A subcommittee of the HWA Board chooses the winner, and this scholarship also includes a $2500 stipend, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

This year's winner is A.E. Siraki. She writes horror and dark fantasy novels and short stories. She is pursuing her Master of Information degree at the University of Toronto specializing in Library Science and Book History. A graduate of the Borderlands Press Writers Bootcamp, her fiction has appeared in Murky Depths, Dark Heroes (Pill Hill Press), Ghostlight Magazine, and others. She has written non-fiction articles and book reviews for such venues as Geeks of Doom, Hellnotes, and Horror World. Visit her blog (https://aesiraki.wordpress.com/) or follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/aesiraki) for updates.

A.E. said, "It is incredibly humbling and a great honor for me to have been chosen as this year's recipient of the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. I am tremendously grateful to the voting committee and the Horror Writers Association for providing such wonderful opportunities for writers. This scholarship will enable me to continue honing my craft as well as to pursue avenues to challenge myself and to develop further as a writer. I would also like to convey my heartfelt and profound appreciation to all those who have helped me along the way. Thank you!"

The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded for Non-fiction Writing, an endowed fund providing grants for research and writing non-fiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature. The Fund provides grants annually. (Membership in HWA is not a requirement.) Wood, a former President of HWA, passed away in December of 2014 from complications with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. "Not only was Rocky one of the world's leading authorities on the work of Stephen King," said Lisa Morton, current HWA President, "but he was also much beloved for his tireless support of upcoming writers. We are delighted to be able to honor him by offering this scholarship in his name."

Kelly Robinson is a freelance writer and researcher with a particular interest in silent horror films. Her bylines appear in magazines such as Rue Morgue, Smithsonian, History, and Mental Floss. Her feature story on lost horror films was nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award for excellence in classic horror research. She has produced and hosted eclectic events from underground theatre to an international conference on Jack the Ripper, and is the founder and host of Knoxferatu, a silent horror film event in Knoxville, TN. She is currently researching and writing a book on lost horror films from the silent era and beyond, and recently gave a presentation on lost horror silents at the Library of Congress' Mostly Lost film workshop. Her essay "Where the Wild Roses Grow: The Strange Allure of Murder Ballads" will appear in the upcoming book Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them (Repeater Books, 2017).

Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Point Park University, and a mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University's MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press. Her next poetry collection, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, is scheduled to be released October 2017 from Raw Dog Screaming Press.Follow Wytovich at http://www.stephaniewytovich.com/ and on twitter @JustAfterSunset​.

The Dark Poetry Scholarship was created to supplement the HWA's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Horror Writers Association Scholarships. The first Dark Poetry Scholarship was awarded in 2015 and is now given annually. The scholarship is designed to assist in the professional development of horror and/or dark fantasy poets. A subcommittee appointed by the HWA Board chooses the winner. The Dark Poetry Scholarship is a $1,250 stipend, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and weird poetry from southern California.  Her debut collection of dark traditional poetry, Diary of a Sorceress, is forthcoming from Hippocampus Press in October.  Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Spectral Realms, Weirdbook Magazine, and elsewhere.  Her poem "Carathis," published in Spectral Realms 1, appeared in Ellen Datlow's full recommended Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven list. She has also appeared in the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase 2016 for her poem "Ghoul Mistress." She is an Active member in the HWA and a member of the SFPA.  She blogs at fiendlover.blogspot.com.

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