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.
Update: Unfortunately Rosie has had to pull out of judging the Hysteria Writing Competition due to pressure of work. Rosie is a guest blogger on the Mslexia blog.
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.
Sal has a Creative Writing MA from Lancaster University and has been placed in several competitions and short- and long- listed in many more. In 20011 she won the Calderdale Short Story Prize and in 2013 the Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition. Sal has had published in various places. In print; The National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies 2012 and 2014, Jawbreakers and Eating My Words, Greenacre Writers Anthology Volumes 1 & 3, Stories for Homes and The Flash Dogs Anthology. Online; 330Words, Paragraph Planet, The Pygmy Giant and The Angry Hourglass.
She has written two novels, the second of which is now being submitted to agents.
Having entered many writing competitions over the past decade and a half she is intrigued by the idea of finding out about the judging side of them
Update: Unfortunately Janet has had to pull out of judging this year’s competition due to pressure of work.
Janet is the author of ‘The Shark Party’, a novel recently published in New Zealand by Escalator Press. She also writes poetry and her theatre piece ‘Dali’s Womb’ opened ‘WOMAN; A Collection of Absurdist Monologues’ in the 2013 Maidment Theatre show in Auckland. She feels strongly about the importance of a diversity of voices and stories in a culture where the male voice so often dominates.
Sade is lover of the written word and was featured as a runner up in Hysteria 3.