The CSFG is a long-term sponsor of the Conflux short story competition.

The specific guidelines for the upcoming contest will be posted here. In the meantime, the following is a generalised version for your information.

We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which changes from year to year.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux ticket holders.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!


First prize is $200 and a Conflux membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux membership.


Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work. No AI-generated stories will be accepted.

Please submit them in the following format: RTF, double spaced, courier font, with the story title in the top right header.

Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we’ll remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.