The 2020 Scholarship Winners Announced

The HWA is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 scholarships:


Matthew Andrew is a retired U.S. Marine who served multiple tours in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and the Balkans. He currently works in the finance sector in Dallas, Texas. His short fiction can be found in Pantheon Magazine, Blight Digest, PMMP‘s Lost Signals anthology, and Thuglit, among others.


Abril Altamirano is a cultural journalist and horror writer from Quito, Ecuador. Her work has been published in Ecuadorian printed media such as Diario La Hora, Casapalabras, and MundoDiners, as well as in international magazines Visor (Spain) and Espora (Mexico). She coedited the book Despertar de la hydra, antología del nuevo cuento ecuatoriano (The hydra awakens, anthology of new Ecuadorian short stories). Her story, “Hands tied,” is included in the anthology Señorita Satán, nuevas narradoras ecuatorianas, (Miss Satan, new Ecuadorian female narrators; 2017) and her story, “Hatching,” was a finalist in the first PEN Center Ecuador Short Story Contest 2020.


Manny Blacksher, a life-long enthusiast of ghost stories and horror, grew up in Mobile, Alabama, a city that novelist Eugene Walter epitomized as “sweet lunacy’s county seat.” He studied six years at McGill University in Montreal, then returned to teach English at one of Alabama’s venerable historically black state universities. He also he earned a master’s degree in history at Trinity College, Dublin. His works have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry Ireland Review, Books Ireland, The Guardian’s Online Poetry Workshop, Measure, Unsplendid, Works & Days, and The Maynard. He was Poetry Editor of Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry.


Reem Omar Numan is a 16-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Texas. Throughout her life, she’s always had a creative spark for melding her passions and ideas to life and strived to achieve her dreams of sharing her creations with the world. Now a junior in high school, she spends her free time creating original art, writings, and music. Today, she is a proactive member of her choir program, a self-taught pianist and artist, has won two gold keys in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest, and is now developing her own original story she hopes to shape into an animated cartoon one day.


The judges for the scholarships are Angela Yuriko Smith, Carina Bissett, and Marge Simon (Dark Poetry, Mary Shelley, and HWA Scholarships) and Christina Sng and Mike Arnzen (Dennis Etchison Young Writer’s Scholarship).

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