Young Adults Write Now endowment program

Horror Writers Association (HWA) announces Young Adults Write Now endowment program to fund teen-oriented writing programs at libraries.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®, will be offering endowments to libraries to fund teen writing programs as part of its ongoing dedication to furthering young adult literacy.

The Young Adults Write Now fund will provide up to five endowments of $250 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. The program is currently open to United States libraries, but will be expanded in the future to include other countries, as part of the HWA’s global presence. Membership in the HWA is not a requirement.

“The HWA and libraries partner in so many ways already,” said JG Faherty, who heads the organization’s Library & Literacy Program. “Now we have the opportunity to help libraries mold the next generation of writers, something that benefits the whole world.”

“For years, HWA has engaged in library outreach and urged members to work more with their local libraries, so this is a perfect way to realize those goals,” said HWA President Lisa Morton. “We look forward to working more closely with libraries to expand public awareness of, and appreciation for, horror literature.”


  1. Membership in HWA is not necessary in order to apply.
  1. The application period each year will run from June 1 to August 1, with recipients selected in August.
  1. Funds will be distributed based on the result of a competitive selection process coordinated by the HWA’s Library & Literacy Program team.
  1. The Library & Literacy team will select up to five recipients from the applications.
  1. Applicants must fill in and submit the Application Form designed for that purpose; the Application Form will be published at but will also be made available by contacting
  1. Eligibility: Public and community libraries will be eligible. The Applicant must outline how the endowment would be used (a ‘Plan’) and describe the goals and history (if applicable) of the writing program. In selecting the recipients, the team shall focus primarily (but not exclusively) on advancing the writing of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (essays). An emphasis on genre fiction (horror, science fiction, fantasy) in the plan is desired but not required. The Applicant shall demonstrate that the writing program will be regular and on-going.
  1. Recipients receiving funding will be able to use the monies for anything relating to the proposed/active writing program, including but not limited to supplies, special events, publishing costs, guest speakers/instructors, and operating expense. Monies may not be used to fund other programs or expenses for the library.
  1. Recipients are required to provide the Library & Literacy Committee with a report of how the monies were used within 12 months of receiving the endowment.
  1. Endowment recipients agree to provide bios and photographs to HWA for use in promoting the endowment program; and recipients will also agree to reasonable requests for interviews regarding the assistance provided by the HWA.

HWA is dedicated to promoting the horror genre and providing education to both the general public (via our appearances at conventions and book festivals, our yearly StokerCons, and our iconic Bram Stoker Awards®) and to writers. The HWA’s website features special pages dedicated to Young Adult Horror ( and Librarians ( Through its Library & Literacy Program, HWA partners with the American Library Association on various programs, and many of its members are regular guest speakers at libraries and schools.

One of HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of good Horror and Dark Fantasy literature. To that end we offer the public areas of our website,; sponsor or take part in public readings and lectures; publish a monthly newsletter for members; maintain outreach to booksellers, librarians, fans and readers; facilitate readings and signings by horror writers; offer scholarships; maintain an official presence at genre convention, literary festivals, and publishing trade shows; and hold our own yearly gathering, StokerCon.

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