Scholarship Search: Horror Writers Scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

“Fear is the weapon of the horror writer,” but might it be the weapon you need to attack that college bill? If you are a true fan of dark, creepy spaces and you love to write, check out the Horror Writers Association. They offer several scholarships to students who are lovers of all things scary. Applicants’ work is evaluated on a number of criteria including quality of written work, how beneficial future writing education would be, and of course, their commitment to the horror genre.

Scholarship: Horror Writers Scholarship & the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Horror Writers Association (HWA)

Amount: $2,500

Number of Scholarships Awarded: One of each of the above scholarships. There are other scholarships also awarded by the HWA. We encourage students to visit their website for details on these additional opportunities.

Eligible Students: All students interested in the genre of horror writing may apply for the Horror Writers Scholarship. The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is open only to female applicants. Membership in the HWA is not required.

How to Apply: Applicants must complete the online form, including submission of a writing sample.

Deadline: August 1


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross.