Short Fiction Competition

The KSP Foundation is proud to present this annual short fiction competition for Australian adult and youth writers. The results and judges’ reports will be published on the KSP website the week following the awards in December. Winners' names will be posted on Facebook upon announcement. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email about a month prior to the awards ceremony. Winners able to attend will be invited to read excerpts from their work at the ceremony. Due to the large number of entries received, we do not acknowledgement receipt of entries. However, you can email to check.


Entry Form

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5.00pm AWST Friday 25 September 2020



YOUTH (10 to 17 years): Free 

ADULT (18 plus): 1 story $10; 2 stories $15; 3 stories $20


Acceptable methods: Cheque/Money, Direct Deposit, Online (PayPal Button; see bottom of page)

Refer to Entry Form for instructions on making payment


Word Counts

YOUTH: Max 1,000

ADULT: Max 2,500



Open style, open theme, traditional or contemporary.


Conditions of Entry
Open to Australian residents and citizens only. 

Work to be original, unpublished (anything that has appeared in the public arena, including self-publishing and social media, is considered published) either in print or online, not have received an award in another competition, and not under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in these awards until the official announcement of winners.
Limit of three entries per author.

Individual entries cannot be entered in more than one category.
Entries to be submitted as per instructions on this webpage (below: see 'How to Submit')

Entry will not be returned and will be destroyed after the competition, so keep a copy of your work. 
The KSP Competitions Secretary and KSP Board of Management are not eligible to enter. 
Award placements are issued only by discretion of the judge in the event of a worthy winning entry. The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 
The KSP Foundation Inc. reserves the right to publish the winning entry or entries online or in a publication related to KSP should the opportunity occur, in consultation with the author. 
Entries which do not reflect the stated conditions as outlined on this webpage, which are not accompanied by a fully filled Entry Form or are postmarked later than the deadline may be disqualified and the fee/s forfeited.


How to Submit

Download the Entry Form (see top of page), and save to your desktop or print a copy

Complete the Entry Form, ensuring all details are clearly legible

Prepare your entry: a typed document using Arial size 12 font and double spacing (one-sided)

Ensure you include page numbers and the title in the header

Staple a COVER SHEET  to your entry with title of story, word count, category entered, and age if Young Writer. DO NOT staple the Entry Form to this - please keep separate.

If submitting multiple entries, you must complete a separate Entry Form and Cover Sheet for each one. You can mail all entries and forms together in one envelope.

Post entry with cover sheet to KSP before the deadline together with a fully completed Entry Form

Place in an A4-sized (C4) envelope and address to:

KSP Short Fiction Awards, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA 6056



*subject to discretion of judge*

First place $300 prize for open plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers' Centre (non-transferable, $300 value) and $100 first place prize for youth

Second place certificates with $150 prize for open and $50 for youth

Up to five commended certificates for both open and youth

Mundaring National Young Writers encouragement award for under 14s with $25 prize

Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony

Competition Judge: To be confirmed

Secure Online Payment by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal Account

Refer to Entry Form for instructions on other methods of payment.

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