This year we have three categories to enter:
- Short stories – up to 2,000 words
- Flash fiction – up to 250 words
- Poetry up to 20 lines
We accept entries in any genre except erotica or horror. We are NOT looking for stories, flash fiction or poetry about Hysterectomy. Instead, we are looking for works that appeal to our website visitors, who are mostly women between the ages of 25ish and 65ish.
All entries are to be made via our online shop where you can upload your entry as a .doc, .docx, rtf or txt format. No other file formats will be accepted and entries made using them will be disqualified.
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- £400 – winning short story
- £200 each – winning flash fiction and poem.
9 runners up in each category will be published in the anthology Hysteria 4, due for publication in November 2015 and will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published.
Anthologies from past competitions are available online and you can find links to them on our online shop below.
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Meet Past Winners
- Hysteria 2014 – Tracey Glasspool, Helen Chambers, Polly Hall
- Hysteria 2013 – Tracy Fells
- Hysteria 2012 – Jayne Thicket
Meet Past Judges
Meet past writers in residence
In 2014 we introduced the idea of a writer in residence for the competition. The purpose was to help by giving entrants hints and tips about how to write for a competition. We’ll be carrying on this year and hope to appoint a writer in residence shortly.
- Bridget Whelan – 2014 Writer in Residence
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/