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.”
So, what if you could spend five minutes with an award-winning, flash fiction writer and get her to share her top three tips? And, maybe a proven story generator too?
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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
Which writers or poets inspire you and why?
I read widely and across forms. Without doing a fan-list of short, short fiction, I particularly admire Kathy Fish’s stories – honed and very complete, yet they retain impact and emotional power. Lorrie Moore for memorability; Etgar Keret for his dark humour; Lydia Davis for her concise writing. Gay Degani for the resonance she achieves in her stories. Eavon Boland for capturing a moment. And, Katherine Mansfield for her observation and timelessness.