February 25, 2018

The 2018 Winner of The Scholarship From Hell

Kenesha Williams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. February 6, 2018 – The Horror Writers Association proudly announces Kenesha Williams as the winner of the 2018 Scholarship From Hell. The scholarship, founded in 2016, provides a writer with travel, accommodation, and membership for HWA’s yearly StokerCon™, where the writer participates in Horror University, a series of intensive writing workshops taught by top industry professionals. Scholarship From Hell applicants are asked to submit a 250-word essay outlining their goals in attending the convention; the winner is chosen by the convention’s chairs. This year’s StokerCon™ will take place at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, March 1st-4th.

“We read dozens and dozens of excellent essays this year,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, “but Kenesha had exactly the right combination of dedication to the craft of writing and to the genre that we look for.”

Kenesha Williams is an independent author, speaker, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine. She took to heart the advice, “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself,” and created a speculative fiction literary magazine featuring characters that were representative of the diversity of Black womanhood. She has happily parlayed her love for the weird and the macabre into Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine, finding the best in undiscovered talent in Speculative Fiction. A gifted communicator, Kenesha has been a panelist and speaker at many conferences and events, as well as a guest on several podcasts. As an essayist she has written for Time Magazine imprint Motto. Kenesha is also a screenwriter who is in pre-production on a horror genre web series and a short horror film. When she has free time, she spends it reading, writing, or using all her iPhone memory listening to a million podcasts. She currently lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three little boys.

For More Information Contact:

John W. Dennehy, Communications Director
Horror Writers Association