The CSFG/Conflux 13 short story competition is now closed.

Thanks to all those who entered; we had a record number of entries this year. Best of luck to everyone.

Purely for the purposes of posterity, we’ve left the guidelines below.

We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which is:


It doesn’t have to be a twisted fairy tale, but you do need to incorporate these words somehow, anyhow, into your story. The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 13.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 13 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!


First prize is $200 and a 2018 Conflux 14 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 14 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 14 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in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.

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.

Get it to us at [email protected] before midnight on 31 July 2017.


Fees can be paid by direct deposit (Account: Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild  BSB: 805022  Acct: 03421621) or Paypal to [email protected] (For other options or any more information contact us directly at the [email protected] address)