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Hysteria 2016 Judge

Meet Sherry Morris, flash fiction judge for Hysteria 2016

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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Meet Carol Warham, short story judge hysteria 2016

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.

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Meet Beatriz Menadez, poetry judge hysteria 2016

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.

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Meet Pat Good, short story judge Hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I have fond memories of reading Dickens through my school years until present day. He is a master storyteller and hones in on the minutiae of life and character so exactly that I feel compelled to keep reading just one more paragraph, one more page then one more chapter.

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Meet Hannah Onoguwe, short story judge hysteria 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

There are so many, more than I can likely remember off the top of my head. More recently Taiye Selasi, for her lyricism, the way she plumbs the depths of a character’s emotions, feelings, until you must agree that there’s nothing more that could have been said about them. Paulo Coelho, for making fantastic stories in simplicity. Maya Angelou for her graciousness, her honesty, her weaving of sentences.

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Meet Veronica Bright, Flash Fiction judge 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

Where do I start? I’m inspired by people who write compassionately about the characters in their books. Rachel Joyce does this particularly well in The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennesey, and Anne Tyler has a gift for taking very ordinary people, and making the reader understand what makes them tick. Emma Healey inspired me with her book Elizabeth is Missing. Maud, her long-suffering daughter Helen, and her lively grand-daughter Katy were real and the writer made it so easy for me to empathise with them.

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Meet Ingrid Jendrzejewski – flash fiction judge 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

So many writers and poets have inspired me, it hardly seems fair to select out a few, but I’ll try!

Jorge Luis Borges was an important early influence – when I came across Labyrinths on my parents’ bookshelf, I felt like I’d been socked in the face with its originality. Those stories made me aware that so much more could be done with fiction than I had ever considered.

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