HWA Service Awards

HWA recognizes outstanding volunteers with three annual awards: The Silver Hammer Award (voted by the Board of Trustees); the Richard Laymon President’s Award (chosen by HWA’s President); and the Mentor of the Year Award (selected by the chair of HWA’s Mentor Program).

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Specialty Press Award

THE HWA SPECIALTY PRESS AWARD is presented periodically to a specialty publisher whose work has substantially contributed to the horror genre, whose publications display general excellence, and whose dealings with writers have been fair and exemplary. The award was instituted in 1997, largely due to the efforts of long-time HWA member and specialty press afficianado Peter Crowther. About the Award […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented periodically to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While this award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields. The award is presented each year during HWA’s gala presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards. WHO MAY RECEIVE THE AWARD? To […]

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Winners & Nominees

The 2019 Bram Stoker Award winners were announced in a virtual presentation on HWA’s YouTube channel on April 18, 2020 Superior Achievement in a Novel Winner: Goingback, Owl – Coyote Rage (Independent Legions Publishing) Also nominated: Malerman, Josh – Inspection (Del Rey) Miskowski, S.P. – The Worst is Yet to Come (Trepidatio Publishing) Murray, Lee – Into the Ashes (Severed Press) Wendig, Chuck – Wanderers (Del Rey) Superior Achievement in a […]

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About The Bram Stoker Awards®

Each year, the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Bram Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization’s incorporation in 1987. To ameliorate the competitive nature of any award system, the Bram Stoker Awards are given “for superior achievement,” not for […]

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Final Frame Grand Prize Winner

FINAL FRAME A Horror Short Film Competition presented by StokerCon If there’s one thing that unites us, it is darkness. Horror cinema has long been a medium used to explore the most savage sides of society and expose our collective paranoias and fears. It is within that darkness that we seek out those flickers of light, some hope or understanding, […]

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Mentor of the Year Award

HWA’s Mentor Program is available to all members of the organization. This popular program pairs a newer writer with an established professional for an intensive four-month long partnership. For new writers, the Program offers mentees a personal, one-on-one experience with a professional writer, tailor-made to help them grow in their writing and teach them how to better market their work. […]

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Silver Hammer Award

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) periodically gives the Silver Hammer Award to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for the organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996, and is decided by a vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees. The award is so named because it represents the careful, steady, continuous work of building […]

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Richard Laymon President’s Award

THE RICHARD LAYMON PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR SERVICE was instituted in 2001 and is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2001 while serving as HWA’s President. As its name implies, it is given by HWA’s sitting President. The award is presented to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially examplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication […]

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Azaceta, Paul

Nominations: Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta, Vol 3 This Little Light (Image Comics), Graphic Novel, 2016

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