The ninth volume of Poetry Showcase, which comprises never-before-published dark and spine-chilling poems, was published as part of the Horror Writers Association’s yearly poetry collection release. The collection, which Angela Yuriko Smith edited, includes an anthology of 50 poems by various authors chosen by judges Lee Murray, Maxwell Gold, and Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito. Only 50 of the approximately 300 submissions from multiple authors were selected to be included in the ninth book. Pick up this book if you’re seeking a fantastic collection of poems to satisfy your appetite for bite-sized horrors!
Let’s look first at what Horror Writers Association is all about!
Horror Writers Association
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals worldwide dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it.
Horror Writers Association was formed in the late 1980s. With over 1400 members in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and more, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for writers. As an organization, HWA is dedicated to recognizing and promoting diversity in the horror genre; they’re also strictly practicing anti-harassment policy in all their events.
Who Can Join HWA?
Anyone can join Horror Writers Association. HWA has different membership levels based on the person’s experience. The person must apply for the group they fit into, alongside proper documentation to prove their experience. The membership levels include (1) Supporting Ally, for those who are not professional writer but has an interest in Horror, reading and watching horror movies. (2) Associate Ally, this is for non-writing horror professionals such as booksellers, agents, illustrators, editors, and more) (3) Academic Ally is for those who are working as an academic and has an academic interest in the field of Horror or dark literature (4) The Affiliate Writer membership is for those who published a little at professional rates. Lastly, (5) Active Writer or Editor (voting member) is for those who are already established professional writers or editors. It’s easy to send an application and provide proof of experience with your application.
Aside from a chance to get featured for the upcoming volumes of the HWA Poetry Showcase, joining HWA can reap many benefits. HWA can help further your career with their career-building programs if you’re an aspiring writer. There’s the Hwa Mentor Program for educating beginning writers in the craft. HWA also helps writers find agents by providing comprehensive contact info for agents who specialize in the horror genre. Many networking resources exist for producers, publishers, editors, and agents. For librarians or booksellers, you’ll have an inside track on talented writers and the hot new book and award winners. If you’re just a fan of Horror, HWA can still help you by giving you access to the writers you genuinely love.
What are you waiting for? Come and be a member of the Horror Writers Association now.
You can check out HWA Poetry Showcase Volume IX on Amazon.
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