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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.

Book Review: Heir of Night on GoD

Good afternoon, all! Just wanted to give you a heads up that Geeks of Doom has kindly posted my review of “Heir of Night” by Helen Lowe. Scroll below for more!

If Night falls, all fall . . .

In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark—which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.

Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai’s former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian’s destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai—or Haarth—may have.

Here’s the beginning of my review:

The first novel in a planned trilogy, The Heir of Night is about a princess named Malian who is the Heir to the House of Night, and it’s her mission to fight against the Darkswarm who have been terrorizing the lands of her people for quite some time. The people thought they were banished, but it turns out they weren’t, and she has to fight against them by finding legendary artifacts that are buried across different lands. Along the way, she discovers her love for her best friend, Kalan, who is Heir to the House of Blood.

I will preface my review by saying that although The Heir of Night is marketed toward the adult fantasy market, it will appeal more to teens, especially lovers of Tamora Pierce’s books who will forge an instant connection with the teenage main character, Malian, who is the Heir of Night.

You can read my full review here.

Happy reading!

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