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 The judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative including an excellent beginning, middle and end.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. 

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.

Competition Judge:

Carolyn Wren


After spending her working life in the finance sector, mostly in the mining industry, Carolyn began writing in 2009, just for fun. Much to her surprise, she won the very first writing contest she entered, the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.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 June 2020 Carolyn has 7 winners trophies and 15 finalist certificates from contests all around the world. Her books are published through Australian publishing houses, Serenity Press and Gumnut Press with future releases due with UK publishers Vulpine Press.

Carolyn likes to let her characters take control. The resulting stories range from light hearted comedic contemporary through to sexy, action packed romantic suspense and emotion driven urban fantasy. One thing remains constant in all her books, she’s a romantic at heart and loves a happy ending.


Previous winners

See here for a list of our most recent winners.

Spooky Anthology 2019 cover.JPG

Email KSP to order the 2020 anthology

(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.

KSP Writers' Centre - Supporting Your Stories



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