HWA Announces our YA Horror Section

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) recently announced that they have just launched a Young Adult Horror section on their website, which they will begin to populate shortly. To launch, they have the input of acclaimed comic strip writer and HWA member Ray Billingsley as they look to use YA horror to improve the uptake of reading and of literacy generally.

All YA material that appears on their ‘Dark Whispers’ blog will be duplicated on the YA section, so that librarians, parents, teachers and young adult readers can find their YA material in one easy place. They’ll soon add last year’s Bram Stoker Award® nominees for Young Adult Novel and the winners of the Award for this category in previous years. There will be a selective addition of ‘iconic’ and notable YA works from past years at some point also.

You can help them to populate the YA section by doing some of these things:

  • If you have a YA blog, particularly with a focus on paranormal fiction, you can submit by following the guidelines (scroll down for more info)
  • If you’re an author and you have a YA book coming out, don’t forget to use the New Release form
  • The intended audience isn’t necessary other HWA members, but rather librarians, parents, teachers and Young Adult readers

Submission Guidelines:
Size limit: 1000 words for articles, 200 words for the bio.
Please keep in mind the HWA administration reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason. Only HWA members may submit directly, but non-members should send a query first to this email address.

They’re accepting 2 types of submissions: non-fiction articles and recommendations. Articles can be about anything related to the horror genre, the horror industry, horror writing, or the HWA. Keep your audience in mind. If in doubt about whether your topic is appropriate or not, you can query at this email address. Word limit: 1000 words; 200 words for bio (total of 1200 words max).

1. No profanity.
2. No slander.
3. Spellcheck and copyedit for punctuation and grammar. They will reject a sloppy article.
4. No line indents. No tabs. Put a blank line between paragraphs.
5. Indicate links by putting the URL in parentheses after the text you want linked.
6. If you have images, please note that in your cover letter and they’ll contact you about them. Images should be no smaller than 500px wide. JPG format only. They’ll crop it. Images must not be copyrighted by anyone other than you.
7. HTML: If you know HTML and can appropriately format the article, please do, and submit it as a .txt file.
8. You receive no payment for your article or recommendation. It will stay live on the site until you ask them to take it down, until they decide to remove it, or until the site becomes defunct.
By submitting, you agree that the material submitted is your own work and that you have the right to let them publish it on the HWA website and blog. Send submissions to this address.

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