Hysteria Writing Competition

The Hysteria Writing Competition is now closed for this year. The 2017 competition will open to women of any nationality on 1st April 2017. If you’d like to be reminded of the dates just sign up to our newsletter and grab a free copy of Hysteria 3 at the same time.

Competition categories:

  • Short stories – up to 2,000 words
  • Flash fiction – up to 250 words
  • Poetry up to 20 lines

We accept entries in any genre except erotica or horror.

The Hysteria Writing Competition is run by, and supports the work of the Hysterectomy Association; a social enterprise providing information and support to women worldwide.

Therefore, we are NOT looking for stories, flash fiction or poetry about Hysterectomy. Instead, we are looking for works that appeal to our website visitors, who are mostly women between the ages of 25ish and 65ish.

All payments are to be made via the Hysterectomy Association online shop and we accept entries as a .doc, .docx, rtf or txt format. No other file formats will be accepted and entries made using them will be disqualified.

Please make sure you read the guidelines and the rules before submitting your entry.

Entry Fees

  • Short Story – £5
  • Flash Fiction – £3
  • Poetry – £3

Prizes (2016)

  • Best short story – £150
  • Best flash fiction – £75
  • Best Poetry – £75

Nine runners up in each category will be published in the anthology Hysteria 5, due for publication in November 2016 and will also receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published.

Additional important information

You can find the details of the rules and guidelines for the competition here: hysteria-competition-guidelines/

Please read the competition rules before submitting your entry. You can find the rules here: hysteria-competition-rules/