A woman who does not believe in spells by Annette Iles Hysteria 2023 poetry category winner

A woman who does not believe in spells by Annette Iles Hysteria 2023 poetry category winner

Annette Iles is the winner of the poetry category in the 2023 Hysteria Writing Competition with her poem ‘A Woman Who Does Not Believe In Spells’. You can read the winning story below as you listen to the recording. It is published, along with the other winners and finalists from each category in the Hysteria…

Soaking Wet by Denarii Peters Hysteria 2023 short story category winner

Soaking Wet by Denarii Peters Hysteria 2023 short story category winner

Denarri Peters is the winner of the short story category in the 2023 Hysteria Writing Competition with her story ‘Soaking Wet’. You can read the winning story below as you listen to the recording. It is published, along with the other winners and finalists from each category in the Hysteria 10 anthology, which is published…

Hocus Pocus by Chris Cottom Hysteria 2023 flash fiction category winner

Hocus Pocus by Chris Cottom Hysteria 2023 flash fiction category winner

Chris Cottom is the winner of the Flash Fiction category in the 2023 Hysteria Writing Competition with his story ‘Hocus Pocus’. You can read the winning story below as you listen to the recording. It is published, along with the other winners and finalists from each category in the Hysteria 10 anthology which is published…

Hysteria 10 Launch Event

Hysteria 10 Launch Event

Hi everyone It’s time to join me and some very special guests for the launch of this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition anthology, Hysteria 10. When: Monday 18th December 7pm GMT Where: Online I’ll reveal the overall winners for each of the three categories; Poetry, Flash Fiction and Short Story and each winning entries will be…

Spiny thoughts

Spiny thoughts

Here we are already in August. The five months of my time as writer-in-residence got the Hysteria Writing Competition have flown by. Personally, it has been a tricky time as I was fairly immobile at first, gradually regaining some pain free movement after experiencing two collapsed vertebrae in March.

Feeling inspired?

Feeling inspired?

Genius = 1% inspiration + 99%perspiration That seems a reasonable division. One small seed of inspiration plus a lot of toil and sweat to expand and develop that seed, hone it into a satisfying piece of writing. But how to find that seed which can grow, the spark which keeps the pen moving, the fingers…

Magic

Magic

What is the first thing that springs to mind when we hear the word? For me it is a conjuror – card tricks, disappearing members of the audience, assistants sawn in half. All rather banal because we know that these are tricks. They can all be demonstrated by anyone in the know. Magicians speak of…