So, it’s with great pleasure that I can now reveal the overall category winners of this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition. All three winning entries are featured alongside the other nine finalists in their category in Hysteria 6, the anthology of 30 short-listed entries.
Every year I run an international writing competition for women to help raise money for The Hysterectomy Association.
Win a free copy of Hysteria 6 this year’s cover competition. I’m really pleased to unveil this year’s anthology cover. Every year the cover has been inspired by one of our three overall category winners. They still don’t know who they are, but perhaps one of them might recognise their entry through the picture.
Although entries to the Hysteria Writing Competition close on 31st August each year, the work to complete the competition is just beginning for the competition judges and organisers. As people have often emailed to find out what happens when their entry has gone in, I thought it might be useful to give you a brief run down of what happens when a writing competition ends and the actions we then take:
Janet Lees is one our fantastic team of judges for the Hysteria 2017 poetry category. She has numerous awards to her name including: One of 10 poets shortlisted for the National Memory Day competition 2017, an open international call on the theme of ‘Memory’. A poem selected in Guernsey International Poetry Prize 2017 for the Poems on the Move exhibition on the buses and various venues in Guernsey this year. She was the 2nd prize-winner in the Poetry School and Soda Pictures Instagram poetry competition . And finally a poem selected for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017.
Ann Abineri is one of our amazing team of flash fiction category judges. She lives in the Cambridge area. She has had short stories, flash fiction and poetry published in Mslexia, Writer’s Forum, Writing Times, Pennine Ink and Words and Women Three. In 2016 Ann had a poem and a short story commended in the Mother’s Milk Writing Prize and a short story achieve third place in the Carer’s UK writing competition.
Becky Danks is one of our amazing team of flash fiction judges. She recently won the City Writes competition with her short story The Anniversary and she was able to read it at their event just last night, 12th July.
The third category for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition is poetry. That means a poem with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.” Oh, and a maximum of twenty lines, not including spaces. Our writer in residence Alex Reece Abbott has asked some award-winning poets and judges from around the world to share their best pointers for writing poetry for her post this month – big thanks go to the fabulous Frankie McMillan; Camille Ralphs; Jane Clarke and Aki Schilz for their support and valuable insights.
Camille has also kindly shared a poetry generator, so even if you’ve never written a poem before, there’s plenty of ideas to get you started for our deadline of August 31 2017. You can enter the poetry category on the Hysteria website.
Damhnait Monaghan’s short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction are published in Hysteria 4 Anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed (2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology), Understorey Magazine, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Still Point Arts Quarterly and The Incubator Journal. She’s on Twitter @Downith.