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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.

Fiction Frolic for All Hallow’s Read

Help Raise 1,000 books for charity and enter to win $200, signed books and swag!

We are excited to share about an ambitious blog tour—Fiction Frolic for All Hallow’s Read—where ten authors from several genres are working hard to raise 1,000 books in three weeks for Books for America.

From October 1st to 19th, donate a new book (or books!) and earn extra bonus points in a huge giveaway that these authors are hosting.

Two winners will each receive the following PRIZES!

$100 Amazon G.C.
5 signed books from the authors hosting the event
A swag bag
Plus—in honor of All Hallow’s read, gift a signed copy of one of our books to a friend!

With a total of $200, 12 signed books (including the gifted books) and major swag, what better way is there to raise books for charity and celebrate All Hallow’s Read?

Each author participating is also donating signed copies of their books to Books for America, an awesome charity that is officially sponsoring their event and excited to be involved with All Hallow’s Read. In 2011, Books for America donated more than $800,000 worth of books and materials to DC area schools, shelters and dozens of other educational programs and organizations.

The authors are blogging throughout the event at The Fiction Frolic Blog.

  • 10/1-5 Read about how books shaped their love for reading and writing.
  • 10/8-12 Read their scariest, funniest or craziest Halloween experiences, or learn about their favorite Halloween themed book or movie, or favorite work of “dark” literature.
  • 10/15-19 Enjoy some flash fiction, short stories and novel excerpts.

So donate, share, and look for daily ways to enter to win. Donate to charity for bonus points!.

This event is sponsored by:
Eleanor T Beaty, author of the YA paranormal Veiled Mist
Brewin’ author of the supernatural horror, The Dark Horde
Andy Gavin, author of the fantasy horror, The Darkening Dream
Laxmi Hariharan, author of the YA fantasy, The Destiny of Shaitan
Kimberly Kinrade, author of the YA paranormal thriller/romances, Forbidden Mind & Forbidden Fire
Richard Long, author of the supernatural thriller/horror, The Book of Paul
M.C. Mars, author of the mind-bending novel, Burner
Melissa McPhail, author of epic fantasy Cephrael’s Hand
Sheryl Steines, author of She Wulf & Days of First Sun
Pavarti K Tyler., author of the Lit Fic Shadow on the Wall and the erotic horror Consumed by Love

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