Hurrah! Hysteria 4, the anthology of all winning entries to this years Hysteria Writing Competition is now available in the Kindle store at Amazon. To celebrate we're giving it away FREE from midnight on Christmas day to midnight on 27th…
Ta da …. drum roll please … it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally announce the overall category winners of the Hysteria 2015 Writing Competition. Their wins are very well deserved and perfectly capture some simple insights into the lives of women today.
In April each year the Hysterectomy Association begins its annual writing competition, Hysteria. This year I decided to showcase as many of the winning authors who wanted to take part in my Thursday Throng interviews. After all, you never know just where the next best-seller might emerge from. Today, for our first interview, I’d like to welcome Damhnait Monaghan, one of our 10 Flash Fiction category short listed winners.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
Tamara spent all last year writing short stories and entering them in competitions and submitting to magazines with some success and is now interested in being able to read other writers’ stories at the entry stage. Reading winners is enjoyable, but she has found reading those which don’t win she learns a lot more about what does and doesn’t work.
Lizzie’s biggest buzz has been discovering a passion for flash fiction. She finds it fascinating. To be able to construct and convey a complete story in just a few words sparks boundless possibilities for expression. Strict deadlines set in time and word count compel the writer to get to the point quickly and concisely. To the extent she now believes she may have a short story addiction, entering at least one competition every month. She’s also been a runner up in past Hysteria writing competitions.
Clare is primarily a playwright these days, but has won prizes in many short story competitions and had plays varying in length from one minute to full length performed in diverse venues around the country. She has also judged for Sentinel Literary Quarterly twice and Writers’ Village once, and regularly judges in the Exeter Writers annual competition.
Samantha has been interested in poetry and short story writing since she was seven and her grandad first inspired me to start writing fiction. Whilst studying BA Creative Writing at university she also became interested in writing television drama and went on to study for a Masters degree in Screenwriting.
Sarah writes a weekly column for the local newspaper, as well as commissions for short stories, social media work, and the occasional flurry of blogging.