Halloween in July - Supporting HWA Scholarships!

Help the Halloween People fund scholarships year-round!

Join us for a series of special presentations, contests, and more--all to raise money for scholarships offered  by the Horror Writers Association.

The Horror Writers Association offers many different scholarships including the Diversity Grants, The Scholarship from Hell and more. Halloween in July is the first annual fundraiser to support the continued educational foundations for the horror community.  

The HWA has been supporting writers through scholarship and education for years. Our scholarships have amplified underrepresented voices, brought new voices to the genre, and continued the meaningful dialogue about horror as a genre. 

Our Scholarships and Programs:

Halloween in July and August Programs:

We're excited to bring unique panels and workshops to raise awareness about horror and horror scholarship! 

July Program and Workshops:

  • [WATCH] A Brief History of Halloween with Bram Stoker Award nominees and winners, Lisa Morton, Les Klinger, and Kevin Wetmore - July 9th, 5:30 PST
  • [WATCH] Brave New World: Exploring AI hosted by Bram Stoker Award winning author Angela Yuriko Smith with J. Thorn, and Jason Franks- July 14, 6 pm EST
  • [WATCH] Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology Anniversary Panel hosted by Bram Stoker Award winning editor, Vince Liaguno - July 19th, 7:30 pm EST
  • [WATCH]An Audiovisual Presentation on the Writing and Research of Bram Stoker's Dracula with Bram Stoker Award nominated author Dacre Stoker - July 27th, 6:00 pm EST
  • [WATCH] Back In The Day (Part 1) hosted by Brian Keene, he speaks with panelists about what has changed in publishing and horror fiction over the years... and what hasn't – July 30th, 7 pm EST.

August programs and workshops 

  • The Poetry Open Mic Night scheduled for August 5 has been postponed until August 19th. Please sign up at bit.ly/3qas2z8 to read your poem.
  • [WATCH] Back In The Day (Part 2) hosted by Brian Keene, he speaks with panelists about what has changed in publishing and horror fiction over the years... and what hasn't – August 6th, 7 pm EST.
  • [WATCH] Weird and Wonderful: The HWA Mental Health Initiative hosted by Lauren Elise Daniels with panelists Lee Murray, Brian Matthews, and Dave Jeffery - August 12th 5:30 pm EST. 
  • [WATCH] How To With Agents  with Alec Shane (Writers House), Becky LeJune (Bond Literary Agency), Maeve MacLysaght (Copps Literary Services) - August 17th 7:00 pm EST.  
  • [WATCH] Poetry Open Mic Night hosted by Angela Yuriko Smith and Maxwell I. Gold - 8:00 pm EST August 19th. Please sign up at https://forms.gle/X8EMFvwQr6ayszfB6 to read your poem.

...more panels and workshops to come. See the complete playlist here.

Other FAQS:

How can I Donate?

Donations may be accepted via:

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Do I have to tip?

No, tips are not required - they are similar to Kickstarter, but you are not required to enter a tip when processing your donation.

Do I have to choose monthly?

  • This will be an annual fundraising campaign between July and August every year, however if you choose monthly donations your contributions will be graciously accepted and acknowledged.

Will I get a tax receipt after I donate?

  • Pledge will automatically generate a tax receipt for your records.

What will the funds be used for?

  • The funds collected during this campaign will be used for the sole purpose of supporting the HWA's Scholarship Program.

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