Waxing lyrical about poetry by Alex Reece Abbott

Waxing lyrical about poetry by Alex Reece Abbott

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…

Starting with a FLASH! by Alex Reece Abbott

Starting with a FLASH! by Alex Reece Abbott

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,…

Writer in Residence 2017, Alex Reece Abbott

Writer in Residence 2017, Alex Reece Abbott

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…

A ‘Ta-Da’ Moment by Sandra Crook, winner of the Hysteria 2016 Short Story category

A ‘Ta-Da’ Moment by Sandra Crook, winner of the Hysteria 2016 Short Story category

“You were never really on board with the plan, were you?” Ruth is nothing if not direct.  My daughter-in-law and I haven’t enjoyed a close relationship, but there’s always been a healthy respect between us, and we cut each other a lot of slack.  She is, as usual, correct in her assumption.

Sea change by Sharon Telfer, winner of the Hysteria 2016 flash fiction category

Sea change by Sharon Telfer, winner of the Hysteria 2016 flash fiction category

My heart sank. I watched it go. It fought hard to keep afloat. I took my boathook, knocked back its jellyfish pulses. I had to make sure. Cracked, it bubbled silver as it dropped, an aspirin fizz then one toxic gulp like mercury breaking from a thermometer. It stopped struggling after that, twisted, turned in…