Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

2019 Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Sponsored by Tabetha Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions


Deadline: 5.00pm AWST Friday 19 July 2019 - CLOSED


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




Shortlisted entrants will be notified mid-August. Winners will be announced on Saturday 24 August 2019 at KSP's Spooky Stories Night.


Costs: Free to enter


Word Counts

YOUTH (8-18): Max 500 words 

ADULT: Max 1,500 words 


Theme: Change

Change can be so many things. A change of mind. A change of heart. A change in direction. A sea change. A tree change. An emotional change. A physical change. We'd love to see the character (or characters) undergo some sort of change within the story. The story needs to incorporate some form of paranormal element, real or imagined, and of course, it needs to be spooky. Submissions may involve paranormal or supernatural themes, including magic, ghosts, spirits or altered states of realism. We’re looking for polished writing, good editing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises. The theme is open to interpretation, as long as the piece contains significant elements of eeriness/spookiness and a clear connection to the theme. 


Submission Criteria

Adult section open to Western Australian residents only. Limit of one entry per person. Prepare a Word document using 1.5 point spacing, title of the story in the header, Times New Roman, font size 12, all pages numbered. **ENSURE NO AUTHOR NAME APPEARS ANYWHERE ON YOUR ENTRY**

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 not be considered.


Little Black Dress Awards

Adult first prize: $100 and certificate

Adult second prize: $50 and certificate

Youth first prize: $100 and certificate

Youth second prize: $25 and certificate

All shortlisted and winning entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s Spooky Stories Night in August, and winning entries will be published in the Ghost Story Competition E-Book. 



Shortlist and final selection: Carolyn Wren 

Longlist to be selected by a panel of KSP staff


Spooky Anthology 2019 cover.JPG

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