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.
Jill Waters is the winner of the Short Story category in the 2021 Hysteria Writing Competition. You can find her story, along with the other finalists from each category in the Hysteria 8 anthology.
Kay sat on the step of her pottery studio cradling a cup of tea when she felt a nudge on her arm as Pansy, her Nan’s Yorkshire Terrier, rushed past her and began doing joyful circuits of the lawn. Kay had been apprehensive about taking Pansy in, but things had happened so quickly after Nan’s…
‘Are you familiar with her work?’ asks someone standing near me. I turn from studying the painting, but he’s already moved on, pausing for an obligatory few seconds in front of each exhibit.
This time, short stories – for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition, that means a story with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.” Oh, and a maximum of two thousand words.
“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 a lot of slack. She is, as usual, correct in her assumption.
The winner of our short story category in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2015 was Shauna Mackay with her story called No Odysseus.
Drowning in Lemon Juice by Tracey Glasspool was the Short Story competition winner from Hysteria 2014. You can read the winning story here and meet Tracey in the interview she did for us when she won. Tracey was also a judge in last year’s competition too.
I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short story. The actual article contains good advice, but I arched an eyebrow when I read the introduction.
This week it’s my great pleasure to welcome Tracy Fells to the Thursday Throng hot seat. Tracy was the winner of this year’s Hysteria 2013 writing competition with a story called Fibonacci’s Tree. She was also a runner-up in last year’s Hysteria 2012 competition and has had success in several significant short story competitions over…