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Short Fiction Competition - call for entries

The KSP Writers’ Centre annual national short fiction competition offers cash prizes and certificates. KSP will also publish all WA youth winners in our end of year anthology. All contributors will receive a free copy at the launch in December.

Open to Australian residents and citizens only
5.00pm AWST Friday 1 September 2017
YOUTH: Free (10 to 18 years)
ADULT: 1 story $10; 2 stories $15; 3 stories $20
Word Counts
YOUTH: Max 2,000
ADULT: Max 2,500
How to Submit

  • Prepare a digital document using Arial size 12 font and double spacing (one-sided)
  • Post to KSP before the deadline together with a signed and fully completed entry form
  • Place in an A4-sized (C4) envelope and address to:
  • KSP Short Fiction Awards, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA 6056


  • First place certificates with $300 prize for open and $100 for youth
  • Second place certificates with $150 prize for open and $50 for youth
  • Up to five commended certificates for both open and youth
  • Mundaring National Young Writers encourgement award for under 14s with $25 prize
  • All winning entries offered publication in Swan Magazine
  • Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony

2017 Competition Judge: Rashida Murphy
ashida Murphy lives on the west coast of Australia, in its capital city, Perth. She has a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University, is the books editor at Cafe Dissensus, Adjunct Lecturer at ECU, and former editor for Westerly. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter, was shortlisted in the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize and published by UWA Publishing in 2016. She has won awards for short fiction and her prose and poetry has been published in Marginata, Westerly, Southern Crossings and Cafe Dissensus as well as anthologies such as We Will Be Shelter and Australian Stories. 



To find out more, you can visit the KSP Writers' Centre website or follow the organisation on Facebook and Twitter.

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