The winner of our short story category in the Hysteria Writing Competition last year (2015) was Shauna Mackay with her story called No Odysseus.
Our Flash Fiction category winning entry in the Hysteria 2015 writing competition was He Loves Me, Not by Gayle Letherby.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
People are usually surprised to find out that my day job is as a Technical Author in a Technology company as I am not very scientific or technical at all.
Tamara Jones spent all last year writing short stories and entering them in competitions and submitting to magazines with some success and is now interested in being able to read other writers’ stories at the entry stage. Reading winners is enjoyable, but she has found reading those which don’t win she learns a lot more about what does and doesn’t work.
The biggest buzz for Lizzie Heasman has been discovering a passion for flash fiction. She finds it fascinating. To be able to construct and convey a complete story in just a few words sparks boundless possibilities for expression. Strict deadlines set in time and word count compel the writer to get to the point quickly and concisely. To the extent she now believes she may have a short story addiction, entering at least one competition every month. She’s also been a runner up in past Hysteria writing competitions.
Clare Girvan is primarily a playwright these days, but has won prizes in many short story competitions and had plays varying in length from one minute to full length performed in diverse venues around the country. She has also judged for Sentinel Literary Quarterly twice and Writers’ Village once, and regularly judges in the Exeter Writers annual competition.
Samantha Read has been interested in poetry and short story writing since she was seven and her granddad first inspired me to start writing fiction. Whilst studying BA Creative Writing at university she also became interested in writing television drama and went on to study for a Masters degree in Screenwriting.
Sarah Eaton writes a weekly column for the local newspaper, as well as commissions for short stories, social media work, and the occasional flurry of blogging.
Eithne Cullen is a writer of poems and short stories, however she feels her ability as a reader has been established longer than her writing, and is something she thinks of as a skill rather than a hobby. For 35 years she was an English secondary school teacher and as a result has often been called on to assess, admire and feedback on all kinds of writing.
Lyndsay Wheble writes fiction and narrative non-fiction and has been published in Sein und Werden, Danse Macabre, The Bicycle Review, Who We Are Now, Side B Magazine, amongst others, and long-listed in the Granta-sponsored Festival of Garden Literature Memoir Competition in June 2013. By day she is the Development and Research Officer in an arts commissioning organisation and is currently working on her first novel.