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Hysteria – what happens when a writing competition ends?

Although entries to the Hysteria Writing Competition close on 31st August each year, the work to complete the competition is just beginning for the competition judges and organisers. As people have often emailed to find out what happens when their entry has gone in, I thought it might be useful to give you a brief run down of what happens when a writing competition ends and the actions we then take:

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Janet Lees

Meet Janet Lees, poetry category judge for Hysteria 2017

Janet Lees is one our fantastic team of judges for the Hysteria 2017 poetry category. She has numerous awards to her name including: One of 10 poets shortlisted for the National Memory Day competition 2017, an open international call on the theme of ‘Memory’. A poem selected in Guernsey International Poetry Prize 2017 for the Poems on the Move exhibition on the buses and various venues in Guernsey this year. She was the 2nd prize-winner in the Poetry School and Soda Pictures Instagram poetry competition . And finally a poem selected for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017.

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Ann Abineri June 2017

An interview with Ann Abineri, flash fiction category judge in Hysteria 2017

Ann Abineri is one of our amazing team of flash fiction category judges. She lives in the Cambridge area. She has had short stories, flash fiction and poetry published in Mslexia, Writer’s Forum, Writing Times, Pennine Ink and Words and Women Three. In 2016 Ann had a poem and a short story commended in the Mother’s Milk Writing Prize and a short story achieve third place in the Carer’s UK writing competition.

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Poetry Book Cover No Horses, Malkin, The River

Waxing lyrical about poetry

The third category for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition is poetry. That means a poem with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.” Oh, and a maximum of twenty lines, not including spaces. Our writer in residence Alex Reece Abbott has asked some award-winning poets and judges from around the world to share their best pointers for writing poetry for her post this month – big thanks go to the fabulous Frankie McMillan; Camille Ralphs; Jane Clarke and Aki Schilz for their support and valuable insights.

Camille has also kindly shared a poetry generator, so even if you’ve never written a poem before, there’s plenty of ideas to get you started for our deadline of August 31 2017. You can enter the poetry category on the Hysteria website.

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Natasha Bland

Meeting Natasha Bland, short story category judge for Hysteria 2017

Natasha Bland is a member of our lovely short story judging team this year. Originally from Devon, Natasha is now based in Kapiti, New Zealand. Her short stories are published in various anthologies and have been shortlisted in competitions, including the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, Early Works Press Short Story Competition, and NZ Writers College Short Story Competition.

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