Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

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



2020 Competition Timeline

Deadline: TBC. Shortlisted entrants will be notified TBC. Winners announced at KSP's Spooky Stories Night.


Costs: Free to enter


Word Counts

YOUTH (8-18): Max 500 words 

ADULT: Max 1,200 words 


Theme: TBC


Submission Criteria

  • Entries must be rated PG (i.e. suitable for readers up to age 13).

  • Entries must reflect the theme. 

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

  • Limit of one entry/one email per person. Bulk submissions will not be considered. 

  • 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. 


  • Email your entry to, ensuring you attach your entry and include the following details in the body of the email:

Your full name

Your contact number

Your postal address

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.'


2020 Little Black Dress Awards

Adult first prize: $100, certificate, print copy of Spooky Story anthology

Adult second prize: $50, certificate, print copy of Spooky Story anthology

Youth first prize: $100, certificate, print copy of Spooky Story anthology

Youth second prize: $25, certificate, print copy of Spooky Story anthology

Highly Commended/Commended awards: Certificate

All shortlisted and winning entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s Spooky Stories Night, and winning entries will be published in the Spooky Story Competition anthology by Wild Weeds Press. 

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


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



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