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Monday, 1 April 2013

Hysteria anthology out now

The Hysterectomy Association ran their first annual Short Story and Poetry Competition towards the end of 2012 and the Indoor Writer was pleased to reach the final shortlist with her short story. Well the anthology of shortlisted entries has just been published as Hysteria 1 and includes her story 'Midsummer's Eve, 1347'.
Note: This is news, but not the news I hinted at here last week. Sorry, but you have to wait a little longer for that...

It is available in the following formats:

Paperback - direct from the publishers (The Hysterectomy Association)
PDF version to download and print out, perfect if you want to avoid postage costs
iTunes version
Kobo version
The anthology contains all ten of the winning stories and all ten of the winning poems and has been laid out so that they are each as readable as possible. It's available in both paperback and various eBook formats (for the Kindle, ePub and as a PDF to print out). At just £5.50 for the paperback and 99p for an ebook it's great value for a lovely read.
The stories and poems reflect the many different aspects of things that are important to women, we share in the ups and downs of events which span time and experience. We learn what it's like to lose a child of any age, the reaction of spurned lovers, good and bad marriages and the rivalries of school friends that have never quite made it out of the playground.
The poems are equally insightful, sharing the experiences of lost youth and looks; a sense of history in a children’s home and the call to action that asks us to live life to the full, waving our hands in the air.
Contributors and Winners in the anthology are:
Moya Poole
Lois Elaine Heckman
Jane Bean
Eleanor Smith
Penelope Lawrence
Hazel Gee
Olga Wojtas
Corrinna Toop
Margaret Clark
Joy Blake
Jayne Thickett
Margaret MacKenzie
Hayley Staniforth-Room
Anne Wilson
Alison Wassell
Jo Laidlaw
Tracy Fells
Abigail Wyatt
Gaynor Jones
Christine Djabarouti

You can see the story from Jayne Thickett - the overall winner of the Short Story Competition by clicking here. The story is called Banana Loaf: a recipe for solace.

Hysteria is an annual competition opening on 1st April and closing on 31st August. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/hysteruk


  1. That's brilliant, Tracy - great news. Now I'm waiting for the other news... is it another win?

    1. Thanks Wendy. A runner-up success but quite a biggie, just waiting for the official letter.

  2. Oh this looks very interesting! And yes, I too am intrigued...why are you making us wait so long??!!! :)Edith xxx

    1. Sorry about the wait Edith. By the time I can say something I expect you'll all go "is that all!"

  3. Well done, Tracy. And I'm all agog too to hear your other news!

    1. Thanks Sally and good luck with your new ebook. You are doing well this year :)

  4. Well done Tracy. I have just got a Kobo e-reader so if I can work out how to download this anthology (technical things not being my forte!), then I will definitely do so and I look forward to reading the stories. I read the winner and I have to say I thought it was superb - made me cry my eyes out! (and that's good, in my book!). Am sure the other stories are good too and well worth a read.

    1. Thanks Helen. If you do go ahead and buy this then please let me know what you think of my story. May bring tears, but hopefully not sad ones... I think the quality is pretty high. Alison Wassell has a story in the collection too and I always love her stories.

  5. Sounds great, Tracy - well done on being included in the anthology!

    1. Thanks Rosemary. Yes, I was chuffed to make the shortlist and the anthology looks really good too.

  6. Sounds like a really interesting collection of stories and poems. Congratulations on being in it :)