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.
Today, it’s Alistair Cross with his book Sleep Savannah Sleep in the hot seat. Alistair’s debut novel, The Crimson Corset, was an immediate bestseller, earning praise from such authors as Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series, and vampire-lit veteran, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Alistair also writes with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and together they have released several bestsellers, including Mother, The Cliffhouse Haunting, and The Ghosts of Ravencrest. ..
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:
This week I’d like you to meet Sally Jenkins, a UK based author who has written a debut novel, Bedsit 3, a tale of murder, mystery and love – which also features a body in the garden ….! She has also published a short story collection and two non-fiction books on writing and self publishing.
This week, I’d like to introduce Debbie McLeod, a hypnotherapist, spiritual coach, counsellor, teacher of authentic empowerment and spiritual development; who has also written the book Best Friends Forever.
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.
This week my guest is JG Dow, author of a chick lit novel, Jane of Manchester. JG lived for many years in the North of England and spent a few years living in Manchester. He enjoys walks in the country and indulging in a spot of cooking now and then and also writes the odd story and pen the occasional poem from time to time. This is his debut novel and so if anyone happens to enjoy it, he may just write another!
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.