Hysteria Writing Competition

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Hope and Unity
Hysteria 8 opens on 1st April 2021

The theme for this year’s competition is Hope and Unity. All entries must reflect this theme to be considered.

The purpose of the competition is to showcase entries that appeal to all my visitors; I accept entries in any genre except erotica or horror.

There is no charge to enter this competition and and entries can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, rtf or txt format. No other file formats will be accepted and entries made using them will be disqualified.

Please make sure you read the guidelines and the rules before submitting your entry.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation the winners of each category will now get £50 each.. Nine additional entries will be included in the Hysteria 8 anthology to be published in November 2021.

Categories are:

  • Short story – maximum 600 words
  • Flash fiction – maximum 100 words
  • Poetry – maximum 12 lines

Additional important information

You can find the details of the rules and guidelines for the competition here: hysteria-competition-guidelines/

Please read the competition rules before submitting your entry. You can find the rules here: hysteria-competition-rules/

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Read the latest competition updates!

The Flower Box by Jane O’Connor, short story category winner 2020

Kay sat on the step of her pottery studio cradling a cup of tea when she felt a nudge on her arm as Pansy, her Nan’s Yorkshire Terrier, rushed past her and began doing joyful circuits of the lawn. Kay had been apprehensive about taking Pansy in, but things had happened so quickly after Nan’s … Read more

Turning to poetry – Hysteria writing prompts for August

I hope, like me, you’ve been finding it easy to write this summer. It’s lovely to have those bright mornings (best writing time for me) and long evenings that just seem to slip away when we’re busy. I know so many people have been turning to poetry to help set down their thoughts about the … Read more

On writing prompts – Hysteria writing prompts for July

Don’t forget the 2020 competition… the deadline is approaching. If you haven’t already written something to submit, there is still time to do so. For my inspiration this month I’m going to share some ways of playing with words to create writing prompts that make some poetry, stories or just get you started on writing … Read more

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