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Announcing the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 Winners

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Ta da …. and another drum roll please … it gives me great pleasure to be able to announce the overall Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 winners for each category. Their wins are very well deserved and perfectly capture some simple insights into the lives of women today. Continue reading Announcing the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 Winners

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Meet Sherry Morris, flash fiction judge for Hysteria 2016

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Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I like writers who evoke strong feelings in their readers:  there’s Stephen King and Shirley Jackson with their mastery of suspense and horror. Thomas Hardy has his tragedies; Lorrie Moore and John Irving write incredibly sad, yet funny, moving stories with memorable characters. I was amazed by the clever construction of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.  The brevity and power of Raymond Carver challenges me to keep my own writing short and intense–perhaps one day *I’ll* have a story that makes the most of the space between paragraphs.

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Finishing Touches by Sophie Duffy

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So you’ve written your piece to enter the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016? If you haven’t, you’ve still got three weeks in which to do this. You still have time to start and complete a piece, if you crack on with it. If you’ve already finished your poem, flash, or story, then it won’t do any harm to go back over it and check those finishing touches. Continue reading Finishing Touches by Sophie Duffy

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Meet Carol Warham, short story judge hysteria 2016

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Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I have been inspired by many and varied writers and poets, too many to name. As a child I loved Enid Blyton and grew into R.F Delderfield and progressed to Jane Austen. My recent reading material has included George Martin and Dorothy Dunnett, together with a variety of modern writers. Continue reading Meet Carol Warham, short story judge hysteria 2016

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Meet Beatriz Menadez, poetry judge hysteria 2016

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Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

As a rule, I tend to prefer books over writers, especially those whose stories stay with you well after you’ve finished reading the last page –which I guess is after all the expectation we all wish fulfilled after reading a book— and am less inclined to read something for the sole reason that X author has penned it.  That being said, there are also some authors whose particular flavour and voice I know will serve as a guarantee of my enjoying the book, namely Sjón, Colm Tóibín, Seamus Heaney or Zadie Smith, to name some of the more contemporary names which are prominent in my shelf. I find that they all manage to imbue their stories of the transcendence that goes beyond the particular, and that in their writing showcase the complex luminosity of true wordsmiths who have perfected their craft to the utmost and relish in the careful selection of words present in every sentence that they create, without doing any disservice to their story by being markedly literary. Continue reading Meet Beatriz Menadez, poetry judge hysteria 2016