• The theme for the competition is Hope and Unity, all entries must address this theme.
  • Stories can be up to 600 words in length on any subject and Unity except erotica and horror.
  • Flash fiction can be up to 100 words in length on any subject except erotica and horror.
  • Poetry is up to 12 lines in length on any subject except erotica and horror
  • Entries must include the title and the entry. Please do not include any other details in your story file.
  • The title of your entry is not included in the word count limit
  • Place your order through the shop and make a note of your order number.
  • Save your file with the order number as the file name. For example, 123.docx
  • You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the online submission form, please use this form to send me your entry.
  • Please save your story in one of the following formats only: DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT. DO NOT submit entries in any other format as these will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be unpublished and must not be under consideration in any other competition.
  • Entries must the author’s unique work and must not be a translation, or interpretation, of any other author’s work.
  • The competition is open to any writer.
  • Entries should be submitted in English only.
  • Please do not include any personal details in the main body of your entry.


  • You may make multiple submissions but each entry must have a separate order number for the file name.
  • Multiple submissions in a single file will be disqualified.
  • Please place an order for your entry through the online shop. This will create an order number and capture your personal details so I can match them to your entry.
  • Save your file with the order number as the file name. Then use the online submission form to submit your entry.
  • Entries can be made up to 11.59pm on 31st August. Entries made after this time will not be considered.
  • Confirmation of receipt of entry will be automatically generated by the system, please keep copies for your records.
  • I cannot accept any alterations to stories once they have been submitted to the competition.
  • The winners will be notified by email in October 2021 and announced on the website and mailing list in November 2021. No discussion will be entered into and I will not be able to provide feedback on entries.
  • Publication of the anthology Hysteria 8 will be in December 2020. Copyright of all entries remains with the author, but the author agrees to give me non-exclusive worldwide rights to publish the winning stories in the anthology, on my website and in any related materials for the purposes of marketing and PR the website for the competition.
  • Winning authors may be required to submit one professional photograph and undertake an interview which will be published on the healthy happy woman.
  • Copies of Hysteria 8 can be purchased through the website and other leading booksellers from December 2021.

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