Tracey Glasspool is the final category winner of the Hysteria Writing Competition 2014. She has been writing seriously for about three years now and during that time has had stories for adults and children published in magazines, short story collections and online. She is addicted to entering competitions and has been lucky enough to win or be placed in several. As well as the thrill of winning Hysteria 2014, she has also won first place in the Choc Lit winter competition 2013, Exeter Writers Short Story Comp 2013/14, plus a win with Writers Forum magazine and a second place in Writing Magazine, amongst others.
Polly Hall is the second of our category winners in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2014. Her background in holistic therapy and healing has given her a strong foundation in understanding the interconnectedness of life and, as a result, is rarely shocked by anything. She is fascinated by people’s motivations and backgrounds and loves getting into the meaning of things and her aim as a writer is to make the reader feel something whether that be a sense of dread or joy. She published her first book, The Art of Foot Reading, in 2009.
In April this year The Hysterectomy Association launched it’s third annual Hysteria Writing Competition with three categories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Short Stories. This week, I’d like to introduce you to Helen Chambers – Flash Fiction winner. Helen’s winning entry can be found in Hysteria 3, the anthology of the top ten winners for each category. Helen is is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex, where her 50-second play ‘Revolution’ was recently performed as part of Essex’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations.
Finally, after a short delay, we now have our list of winners for the Hysteria Writing Competition 2014. I am so pleased to say that the standard was, as usual, exceptionally high and our judges all said how much they enjoyed reading the variety of entries sent through.
I’d also like to give you a sneak preview of the Hysteria 3 anthology cover. Hysteria 3 contains all ten winning entries from each category, together with some excellent advice about entering writing competitions from a number of our judges from this year and last.
The manuscript is now in production and Hysteria 3 is currently available to order through the Hysteria website and on Amazon Kindle.