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…

Soapbox by Kathryn V. Jacopi, winner of the Hysteria 2016 poetry category

If I could, I’d travel backwards in time to an 1816 bustling seaport. I’d wear jelly shoes and a long t-shirt donning me in a cartoon bikini ―that’d totally freak ‘em out. I’d find a crate, step up and shout:…

Sea change by Sharon Telfer, winner of the Hysteria 2016 flash fiction category

My heart sank. I watched it go. It fought hard to keep afloat. I took my boathook, knocked back its jellyfish pulses. I had to make sure. Cracked, it bubbled silver as it dropped, an aspirin fizz then one toxic…

Announcing the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 Winners

Ta da …. and another drum roll please … it gives me great pleasure to be able to announce the overall Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 winners for each category. Their wins are very well deserved and perfectly capture some simple…

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…

Meet Lynda Nash, poetry judge for hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why? Miranda July’s short stories and Amanda Dalton’s poetry always inspire me to write. It’s something to do with their very relaxed, conversational style and quirky subjects. Who would you invite to a…