Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to present this annual spooky story competition for West Australian writers, sponsored by Little Black Dress Productions. The judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative including an excellent beginning, middle and end. Entries must be rated PG and should address the set theme.
Results will be announced at an awards ceremony and book launch event in winter (August) and published on social media and the KSP website thereafter. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted prior to the awards ceremony with an invitation to attend and read an extract of their entry.
The 2021 shortlist has now been announced; see here.
You will need a Submittable account to enter this competition. Don't worry! It is free and easy to set up.
KSP acknowledges Little Black Dress Productions and Wild Weeds Press as the primary sponsors for this competition, and the Shire of Mundaring for their ongoing support of the Centre.
5.00pm AWST, 28 March 2021
Entries will open on Halloween, 31 October, 2020.
The theme for 2021 is 'Voices'.
Due to increased administration costs and anthology costs, in 2021 this competition now asks for a small entrant fee of $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
YOUTH: Max 500 words, one entry only
ADULT: Max 1,200, one entry only
How to Submit
Set up a Submittable account
Prepare your entry according to the formatting rules (refer to Submittable entry form)
Complete Submittable entry form and submit before the deadline (see button below)
*subject to discretion of judge*
Adult first prize: $100, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Adult second prize: $50, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Youth first prize: $100, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Youth second prize: $25, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Shortlist/Highly Commended/Commended awards: Certificate and publication in anthology.
Carolyn is a Perth hills author of Romance and Suspense novels, who spent most of her working life in the mining industry. When a story popped into her brain, she began writing in 2009 and entered a few contests, just for fun. Much to her surprise, she won the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. This gave her the incentive to keep writing, and to pursue a publishing deal. As at July 2021 Carolyn has 21 books, 7 first place trophies and 17 finalist certificates from contests all around the world. Her primary Australian publisher is Gumnut Press with anthology stories through Serenity Press.
(PDF E-book - free)
(PDF E-book - free)
(print publication, $10 plus postage)
Listen to the winning story from the open category of KSP's 2017 Ghost Story Competition, Moan Alone by Scott-Patrick Mitchell.