Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

2020 Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Sponsored by Tabetha Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions



Deadline: 11.59pm AWST Sunday 29 March 2020. Shortlisted entrants will be notified mid-year by email. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony has been cancelled, with winners to be announced via social media and email instead in late August/early September. The anthology featuring work from all the winners and shortlisted entrants will be posted to winners and be on sale to the public at a cost of $10 plus postage and handling fee. This publication is produced by Wild Weeds Press. 

Costs: Free to enter


Word Counts

YOUTH  category (8-18 years): Max 500 words 

ADULT category (over 18 years): Max 1,200 words 


Theme: Beneath


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

Submission Criteria

  • Entries across both categories (youth and adult) MUST be rated PG (i.e. suitable for readers up to age 14). Click here for the Australian PG rating system we are using as the basis for story submissions.

  • Entries must reflect the theme. 

  • Due to the recent high volume of interstate entries and limited administration resources, this competition is now open to Western Australian residents only. 

  • Entries must be prepared as a Word document using 1.5 point spacing, with the title of the story in the header, Times New Roman font, size 12, all pages numbered. Save this document as the title of your story. 

  • Limit of one entry/one email per person. Bulk submissions will not be considered. (You can use the same email address for multiple entries, i.e. if you are a parent or teacher submitting on behalf of children or students, just please ensure to send separate emails for each entrant.)

How to Enter

  • Email your entry to, ensuring that you attach your entry (check that is has been formatted as described above in Submission Criteria) and include the following details in the body of the email:

Your full name

Your contact number

Your postal address

Category of entry (Youth or Adult)

Entry title

Word count of entry

Your age (if under 19 years)

Your author bio (30 words max), written in 3rd person (i.e. John Smith is a writer from Mundaring)

Terms and Conditions

The entry/ies must be the original work of the author and not received any awards or been previously published either in print or online. Late submissions or entries that do not meet the Submission Criteria as above will be disqualified. By entering this competition, you declare the following:

'I certify that this is an original story that has not been published (online or in print) nor received an award in any other competition nor under consideration for any other awards. I have read and agree to the Submission Criteria as published on the KSP Writers' Centre website. I understand that entries which do not reflect the stated conditions or are received later than the deadline may be disqualified.'

Sponsors: Little Black Dress Productions, Wild Weeds Press, KSP Foundation Inc


Shortlist and final selection: Carolyn Wren 

Longlist to be selected by a panel of KSP staff


Listen to the winning story from the open category of KSP's 2017 Ghost Story Competition, Moan Alone by Scott-Patrick Mitchell.

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Results of the 2019 Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Sponsored by Tabetha Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions

Youth Interstate

1st Place, Monster With A Victim Mentality - Amy Feng (13)

2nd Place, The Prey and The Predator - Alex Etchells (16)

I Love You The Way You Are - Serena Chi (10)
The Chickens - Indigo Isabel Meadows (15)

Youth WA

1st Place, Purple Shirt and Beaded Accessories - Claire Luces (14)

2nd Place, Imagination or Reality - Leah Kuckelkorn (12)

Mirrors - Sean Paxman (12)
Dead Man Walking – Sage Nock (16)

Adult Open Category

1st Place, He Just Watches - Fionna Cosgrove

2nd Place, Justifying the Means - Valerie Latimour
The Change – D D Line

KSP Writers' Centre - Supporting Your Stories



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