Waxing lyrical about poetry by Alex Reece Abbott

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The third category for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition is poetry. That means a poem with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.” Oh, and a maximum of twenty lines, not including spaces. Our writer in residence Alex Reece Abbott has asked some award-winning poets and judges from around the world to share their best pointers for writing poetry for her post this month – big thanks go to the fabulous Frankie McMillan; Camille Ralphs; Jane Clarke and Aki Schilz for their support and valuable insights.

Camille has also kindly shared a poetry generator, so even if you’ve never written a poem before, there’s plenty of ideas to get you started for our deadline of August 31 2017. You can enter the poetry category on the Hysteria website.

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Starting with a FLASH! by Alex Reece Abbott

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And we’re off! First up, flash fiction – for the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition, that means two hundred and fifty words with the very loose theme “things of interest to women.”

So, what if you could spend five minutes with an award-winning, flash fiction writer and get her to share her top three tips? And, maybe a proven story generator too?

We did it for you.

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Writer in Residence 2017, Alex Reece Abbott

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Greetings! I’m Alex Reece Abbott and I’m delighted to join the Hysterectomy Association as the third Writer in Residence. And we’re counting down to the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition for women writers.

  • Don’t forget, Hysteria opens on 01 April 2017 with a deadline of 31 August 2017 GMT
  • No theme, beyond simply “things of interest to women”
  • No limits on your number of entries
  • And yes, you can enter all three categories
    • Flash – 250 words
    • Short Story – 2,000 words
    • Poetry – 20 lines

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