Tamara spent all last year writing short stories and entering them in competitions and submitting to magazines with some success and is now interested in being able to read other writers’ stories at the entry stage. Reading winners is enjoyable, but she has found reading those which don’t win she learns a lot more about what does and doesn’t work.
Lizzie’s biggest buzz has been discovering a passion for flash fiction. She finds it fascinating. To be able to construct and convey a complete story in just a few words sparks boundless possibilities for expression. Strict deadlines set in time and word count compel the writer to get to the point quickly and concisely. To the extent she now believes she may have a short story addiction, entering at least one competition every month. She’s also been a runner up in past Hysteria writing competitions.
Clare is primarily a playwright these days, but has won prizes in many short story competitions and had plays varying in length from one minute to full length performed in diverse venues around the country. She has also judged for Sentinel Literary Quarterly twice and Writers’ Village once, and regularly judges in the Exeter Writers annual competition.
Samantha has been interested in poetry and short story writing since she was seven and her grandad first inspired me to start writing fiction. Whilst studying BA Creative Writing at university she also became interested in writing television drama and went on to study for a Masters degree in Screenwriting.
Sarah writes a weekly column for the local newspaper, as well as commissions for short stories, social media work, and the occasional flurry of blogging.
Eithne is a writer of poems and short stories, however she feels her ability as a reader has been established longer than her writing, and is something she thinks of as a skill rather than a hobby. For 35 years she was an English secondary school teacher and as a result has often been called on to assess, admire and feedback on all kinds of writing.
Eithne has been a member of her book club since 1992…long before they became “trendy.”; and has also taken part, as a student, in courses including those run by Spread the Word, City Lit and the Bishopsgate Institute.
Lyndsay writes fiction and narrative non-fiction and has been published in Sein und Werden, Danse Macabre, The Bicycle Review, Who We Are Now, Side B Magazine, amongst others, and long-listed in the Granta-sponsored Festival of Garden Literature Memoir Competition in June 2013. By day she is the Development and Research Officer in an arts commissioning organisation and is currently working on her first novel.
Mandy is a short story and travel writer. Words With Jam Shortest Story Winner 2014. New Travel Writer of the Year Award – British Travel Writers Guild 2014.
Clare enjoys collaborating and trying new things. She has had short stories, poetry, flash and children’s fiction published and comes with a useful cross form understanding. She sees judging Hysteria 2015 as a chance to commit to reading lots of new writing and to gain a new, very useful skill.
Vicki is a member of the Poetry Society and has attended a poetry Arvon course in 2014. As a retired head of two comps she meets all deadlines and is always positive about poets’ work.