I’d like to apply, so do I just send in a writing sample?

No. For the HWA and Mary Shelley Scholarships, our Committee will base their evaluation primarily on the Education Plan. If you want to include a writing sample, you are welcome to do so, but it’s not a requirement.


Can I send multiple writing samples?

It’s not recommended. Please limit your total word count on all writing samples to 3,000 words.


I’m not interested in horror writing. Can I still apply?

Sorry, no.


Do you have a format or template for the Education Plan?

No. Just follow the requirements for the plan as laid out on this page. We’re less concerned with how your document is formatted than what’s in it.


I’d like to pursue an education in non-fiction writing. Should I apply for the Rocky Wood Scholarship?

The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-fiction Writers is designed to aid a writer in finishing a non-fiction book exploring some aspect of horror. If you’re seeking funds to further your education, please apply instead to either the HWA or Mary Shelley Scholarships.


I just want to write. Can I still apply?

Only if you are writing a non-fiction book, in which case you should apply for the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund. Our other scholarships exist to help those who are pursuing an educational path in regards to horror. We do NOT offer grants to writers just to pursue writing.