Finally, HWA Active Status!

I’m proud to announce that today I achieved Horror Writer Association’s Active status with my poem “Haiku for Horrible Women” on

If you are a poet not entering PoetryNook’s weekly contest, you really should get in there. It’s free to enter, populated by excellent poets and you could win prize money.

And there’s a bonus! My HWA mentee Heinrich von Wolfcastle won an Honorable Mention in the same contest. That’s also a cash prize that will count toward his own Active status. The win that put me over the bar is shared with my mentee, something that means a lot to me. You can read both poems and the rest of the 275th Weekly PoetryContest entries here.

Last year I realized that only self publishing was creating a stagnant bubble for me so I started submitting stories and poetry elsewhere. I got serious about achieving Active status last year as well. That’s been a rewarding experience, not only financially, but socially. I’ve made some good friends last year from sharing a ToC with them.

Now that this goal is put to bed, what’s next? After wrapping up the next issue of Space and Time I’ll be taking some time for myself for my own writing, publishing a few books I’ve been hanging on to, continuing to submit work outside of my bubble and (provided we all aren’t under quarantine) attending NeCon in July. Anyone else going to NeCon in Salem? Let’s get together!

“Haiku for Horrible Women” was part of my daily horror haiku challenge to celebrate Women in Horror Month 11. Every day through February I’ve been sharing a new haiku with a dark feminine theme on my social media. It didn’t seem like a lot until I put it all into one graphic today. Here are all my #WiHM11 haiku together:

The entire graphic is too large to share here full size.


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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2 Responses to Finally, HWA Active Status!

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Mega congrats to HWA’s NEWLY ACTIVE member! I am so glad for you, Angela!

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