Maya Pieris is one of the judges for the Hysteria 2017 poetry category. She has had poems and prose published in the South Poetry anthologies, Dorset Voices, This Little World (Dorset Writers Network), the 2015 Canterbury Poetry Festival anthology, Poems From the Oak Room ed. Annie Freud, Emma Press (due out next year), Narrative Thread pub by Bridport Story Traders, the East Coker Poets occasional anthologies and got a commended from the Winchester Literary Festival.
And we’re off! First up, flash fiction – for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition, that means two hundred and fifty words with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.”
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Greetings! I’m Alex Reece Abbott and I’m delighted to join the Hysterectomy Association as the third Writer in Residence. And we’re counting down to the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition for women writers.
- Don’t forget, Hysteria opens on 01 April 2017 with a deadline of 31 August 2017 GMT
- No theme, beyond simply “things of interest to women”
- No limits on your number of entries
- And yes, you can enter all three categories
- Flash – 250 words
- Short Story – 2,000 words
- Poetry – 20 lines
“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.
If I could, I’d travel backwards in time to an 1816 bustling seaport. I’d wear jelly shoes and a long t-shirt donning me in a cartoon bikini ―that’d totally freak ‘em out. I’d find a crate, step up and shout:…
My heart sank. I watched it go. It fought hard to keep afloat. I took my boathook, knocked back its jellyfish pulses. I had to make sure. Cracked, it bubbled silver as it dropped, an aspirin fizz then one toxic…
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.
It’s time to unveil this year’s Hysteria anthology cover image. As you know, each anthology cover takes inspiration from one of our three overall winners, and this year is no exception.
.. and drum roll please …..
Well, it’s finally time to reveal our top ten Hysteria 2016 finalists in each category. The overall winners will be announced when the anthology is published at the end of November/early December.
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.