hysteria launch online event

Hysteria 10 launch event and winners announcements

The third launch event for Hysteria 10 was a great kickoff to the Christmas season occurring later than usual on the 18th of December. Despite a few hitches related to my sending out the wrong date and time to pretty much everyone lots of people joined us for an evening of readings and announcements. As usual, technical and human glitches kept us all on our toes for the first ten minutes, but once I’d logged out and back in again things seemed to progress much more smoothly, at least at my end.

You can pick up your copy of the anthology through this website, and the product page also lists alternative purchase options too

Special guests from the reading team joined me to help read the entries and take part in a round table discussion on the finer points of finding the all-important shortlist of entries to the competition. Hopefully, you’ll find the advice shared useful when you enter future writing competitions. It would be fair to say that without the reading team, this competition would not be possible and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to them all.

Of course, the main purpose of the launch is to announce all the overall category winners, as well as the winner of my annual Guess the Cover competition.

You can listen to the entire event here and it’s also available through Spotify or Apple, as usual.

Finally, congratulations go to:

  • Annette Iles, winner of the Poetry category for A Woman Who Does Not Believe In Spells.
  • Chris Cottom, winner of the Flash Fiction category for Hocus Pocus.
  • Denarii Peters, winner of the Short Story category for Soaking Wet.
  • Jacqueline Green, winner of the Guess the Cover competition was the first out of the hat guessing Hocus Pocus.

Each of our winning entries will be added to the website in the coming weeks, and I’m busy planning interviews with all the category winners so keep an eye out for them being added to the podcast on Substack.

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