The Horror Writers Association, HWA is delighted to invite applications for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. This competition is exclusively open to female horror writers around the world. The winner will be awarded $2500. The next submission deadline is 1 September 2020.
The first Scholarships were awarded in 2014. Thereafter, the Scholarships are given annually. Both Scholarships are designed to assist in the professional development of our members.
HWA President Rocky Wood explained the intent of The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, “It is very clear to the HWA that there are unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. There are many fine women writers being published in our genre but we also see potential for the percentage of horror fiction being published by women to increase. This Scholarship, named after the 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. At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are also establishing Horror Writers Association Scholarship, which is open to all our members, regardless of gender.”
Each Scholarship is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.
Level and Area of Studies
Place of study
Eligibility and Requirement
Any female horror writer are eligible to participate in this Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship competition. Membership in HWA is not a requirement.
All applicants must use the online application forms, filling in all sections and copy/pasting the documents requested: cover letter, author bio, statement of financial need (if applicable), education plan, and creative writing sample. Failure to include any information may invalidate the entry.
1 September 2020.