The Hysteria Writing Competition couldn’t take place each year without the help of our wonderful volunteer writing competition judges, and you can find out more about this year’s team below. Each judge will read all the entries in their category, this gives them the opportunity to really see what makes a good story this year. As you know, fashions and tastes change and our unique judging form allows us our teams to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to the individual entries. Your entry will be judged against the same set of criteria as every other entry, we try not to judge each piece against any other.

The things that our judges are marking you on include: if they would recommend the entry to a friend, the grammar and punctuation, whether it captured their attention, was it an original idea, did it tie up loose ends, show not tell and how distinctive the writers voice was. Of course they are looking at a few other things too, we wouldn’t want to give all our secrets away.

We don’t ask our judges to be expert writers either although we do have a fair few in the number each year, we’re also looking for passionate readers; those who read anything and everything and who can spot a good story or poem quickly and easily.

Each judge will be interviewed over the coming weeks giving everyone a chance to get to know more about what makes them tick, what they’re looking for, and what they like when it comes to good writing.

Our judging team is always chosen from a bunch of lovely ladies who all volunteer their time and experience to help with the writing competition. There was so much experience to choose from that in the end we decided to choose the teams by drawing names out of a hat as that seemed to be the fairest way. As a result we have a couple of past winners and judges, as well as a whole host of new faces. I hope you’ll make them all welcome.

If you think you’d like to be a judge in next year’s competition just add yourself to our mailing list and we’ll be in touch around February next year.

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