I used to interview writers all the time, since 2020 though I moved to have a conversation through the podcast, and later this year you’ll get to meet Abigail when she joins me. Before the podcast I had over 300 written interviews, like the one below and I thought it might be fun to bring…
Hi Wow, what a month it’s been so far. Hysteria is now off and running and the first entries are already in and with the reading teams. I’ve had a few questions about the competition over the last few weeks and thought it might be worth using the newsletter to answer some of the most…
Hi It’s 2nd April and Hysteria 2023 (Hysteria 10) is now open for entries in our three categories: short story (up to 1,000 words), poetry (up to 12 lines), and flash fiction (up to 250 words).
The Hysteria Writing Competition couldn’t take place each year without the help of my wonderful volunteer writing competition readers. You can find out more about this year’s team below. Each reader reviews all the entries in their category. This gives them the opportunity to really see what makes a good entry.
Caroline Jenner is the winner of the Flash Fiction category in the 2022 Hysteria Writing Competition. Her story’s full title is At Peace With Myself in the Chaos of Half-Started Projects. You can find her story, along with the other winners and finalists from each category in the Hysteria 9 anthology.
Seeing as this month is all about getting started, I thought I’d mix it up a little and suggest you try something a little perverse! No, not that! What I mean is starting with the end in mind. It’s a phrase or belief often used in coaching and it’s designed to help you know where…
This month the prompts are all about getting started and what better way for a writer to start than by creating a character? All fiction is made up of characters and those who appeal to readers tend to be the ones that readily come to life in a reader’s head.
February is ‘getting started’ month, and I’ve often been told the easiest way to start an argument is to ask a group of friends about their personal preferences.
Alexandra Packer is the winner of the Short Story category in the 2022 Hysteria Writing Competition. You can find her story, along with the other winners and finalists from each category in the Hysteria 9 anthology.
February’s writing prompts are all inspired by the theme ‘Getting Started’. Once again though I’m asking you to think beyond the obvious associations you might have with such a phrase. Today is no exception.