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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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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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Marie Gethins

Meet Marie Gethins, flash fiction category judge for Hysteria 2017

Marie Gethins is a member of the Flash Fiction judging team for the Hysteria Writing Competition 2017. She lives and works in Cork, Ireland and is a flash fiction and short story writer with many credits to her name who has won or been placed in The Short Story, Tethered by Letters flash, Flash500, Dromineer Literary Festival, The New Writer Microfiction, Prick of the Spindle. She has also had other work listed by some of the UK’s leading writing competitions, the Bristol Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story/Flash/Memoir, James Plunkett Award, Listowel Writers’ Week Originals, Inktears, RTE/Penguin, Molotav Cocktail, Lightship, Doris Gooderson, Over the Edge and WOW! Award . Marie is a Pushcart and Best of the Short Fictions nominee. You can meet Marie on Twitter @MarieGethins.

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Ingrid Jendrzejewski

An interview with Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Hysteria 2017 Flash Fiction Judge

Ingrid Jendrzejewski is one of the Flash Fiction team of judges for Hysteria 2017. One of two runners up for the Bath Novella-in-Flash competition, her novella (composed of stand-alone flash-fiction pieces) will the published with the novellas written by the winner and the other runner up later this year. You can catch up with Ingrid and her annual Christmas Puzzles on her website: and also on Twitter @LunchOnTuesday

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Liz Berg

Meeting Liz Berg, judging the Short Story category for Hysteria 2017

Liz Berg is one of our team of short story judges in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2017. Liz is a storyteller with a background in education who has told stories in schools, mental health homes, clubs, festivals and parks. She has a special interest in Jewish stories, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi and is part of Mazed- collecting and retelling stories from  South East Cornwall. You can meet Liz on her blog at:

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Josianne Barrette

Meeting Josianne Barrette, Hysteria 2017 poetry category judge

Josianne Barrette is one of our team of poetry judges in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2017. She is a contributor at À l’essai, Cygne Noir, L’Organe, Bad Nudes Magazine (Canada) and Les Éditions des Femmes d’à Côté (France). She was a semi-finalist for the CBC Fiction Prizes in the Short Story category. Her poetry has been published in English in Matrix Magazine, Vinyl Poetry & Prose and will be anthologised in a collection due for 2018. She lives and teaches in the Montreal area. You can meet Josianne on Twitter @JosiannBarrett.

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