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A ‘Ta-Da’ Moment by Sandra Crook, winner of the Hysteria 2016 Short Story category

“You were never really on board with the plan, were you?”

Ruth is nothing if not direct.  My daughter-in-law and I haven’t enjoyed a close relationship, but there’s always been a healthy respect between us, and we cut each other a lot of slack.  She is, as usual, correct in her assumption.

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Hysteria 2016 Finalists …

.. and drum roll please …..

Well, it’s finally time to reveal our top ten Hysteria 2016 finalists in each category. The overall winners will be announced when the anthology is published at the end of November/early December.

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Meet Sherry Morris, flash fiction judge for Hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I like writers who evoke strong feelings in their readers:  there’s Stephen King and Shirley Jackson with their mastery of suspense and horror. Thomas Hardy has his tragedies; Lorrie Moore and John Irving write incredibly sad, yet funny, moving stories with memorable characters. I was amazed by the clever construction of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.  The brevity and power of Raymond Carver challenges me to keep my own writing short and intense–perhaps one day *I’ll* have a story that makes the most of the space between paragraphs.

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Finishing Touches by Sophie Duffy

So you’ve written your piece to enter the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016? If you haven’t, you’ve still got three weeks in which to do this. You still have time to start and complete a piece, if you crack on with it. If you’ve already finished your poem, flash, or story, then it won’t do any harm to go back over it and check those finishing touches.

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Meet Carol Warham, short story judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I have been inspired by many and varied writers and poets, too many to name. As a child I loved Enid Blyton and grew into R.F Delderfield and progressed to Jane Austen. My recent reading material has included George Martin and Dorothy Dunnett, together with a variety of modern writers.

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Meet Beatriz Menadez, poetry judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

As a rule, I tend to prefer books over writers, especially those whose stories stay with you well after you’ve finished reading the last page –which I guess is after all the expectation we all wish fulfilled after reading a book— and am less inclined to read something for the sole reason that X author has penned it.

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