Thank you for volunteering to be a reader for this year’s Hysteria writing competition. As promised I’ve added more information about what is involved here so you can decide if you have the time to take part.

What is a reader?

The readers are the people who read all the entries that meet the guidelines for their category. Any entries that don’t meet all the requirements will be removed before they are sent to you. Your job is to give your opinion about the entry, you don’t need any special knowledge or skills, just a love of reading good stories or poetry.

How does it work?

The competition starts on the 1st of April and ends on the 31st of August. Between those dates, entries will be submitted through the website. There are only a few to start with and the majority arrive in August. As the entries come in I will sort them out and weed out any that should be disqualified because they don’t meet the guidelines. I will then send the others to you to read when you have time. There will be a short online form to fill in for each entry you read.

All the reading must be completed by the 30th of September to give time to get the anthology ready for publication.

Do you need any more information?

I will add a post to the website before the competition starts to tell visitors who the readers are. This means I will add your name to the list of readers by each category. You’ll be invited to submit a short biography of around 50 words together with a link to your own website or social account if you have one. Please don’t feel you have to do this, your name will be more than enough 🙂

What happens if I can’t carry on reading entries?

If you find you can’t continue as a reader because life gets in the way please let me know as soon as possible. That way I won’t continue to send the entries to you.

What do I need to be a reader?

You will need an email address and a way of completing the online form. The form will work quite happily on a mobile phone as well as a laptop or computer.

What happens after the competition finishes?

Completing the forms means it is relatively simple to work out who the winners are and is as objective a process as I can make it. Once the runners up have been notified, work can start on the anthology. As a reader, you’ll be invited to take part by submitting some advice for entrants to your category, this is entirely up to you and I won’t be offended if you decide not to do so 🙂

OK, I’d still love to take part what do I do next?

Just fill in the form below with your details and chosen categories (you can choose just one or more). If you choose more than one I will organise you according to the number of volunteers in each category.