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

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Anonymous donor doubles Hysteria Writing Competition prize pot

Thanks to a kind donation from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, the prize funds for each category winner have been doubled to £50 each.

Hysteria 7 book cover competition

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Hysteria 2020 finalists

It’s taken 6 months, many hours on the part of lots of people including all the wonderful entrants, and finally I’m at the stage where I can announce the finalists in the Hysteria 2020 Writing Competition. The under 16’s category hasn’t been finalised yet, so I will update this post later this week when I … 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

Meet Becky Danks, hysteria writing competition judge

Becky Danks is a creative writer and book reviewer based in London. She has previously organised a UK and Ireland-wide charity writing competition and loves to discover exciting new voices.

On Sonnets – Hysteria poetry prompt for June

I’ve been thinking about sonnets this month and trying to write some myself. They’re not too difficult, in theory, as you have a defined rhyme scheme and a metrical pattern to follow.

Hope and Rainbows – Hysteria poetry prompts for May

In April, I was writing poems using the fabulous prompts from NapoWriMo.Net. Some were very straightforward, some were very weird. At least they kept me writing through my lockdown days.

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