CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition

The CSFG/Conflux 13 short story competition is now closed.

Thanks to all those who entered – we had a record number of entries this year. Best of luck to everyone.

Purely for the purposes of posterity, we’ve left the guidelines below.


We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which is:


It doesn’t have to be a twisted fairy tale, but you do need to incorporate these words somehow, anyhow, into your story. The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 13.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 13 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!


First prize is $200 and a 2018 Conflux 14 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 14 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 14 membership.


Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.

Please submit them in the following format: RTF, double spaced, courier font, with the story title in the top right header.

Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we’ll remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.

Get it to us at csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com before midnight on 31 July 2017.


Fees can be paid by direct deposit (Account: Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild  BSB: 805022  Acct: 03421621) or Paypal to canberra.specfic@gmail.com (For other options or any more information contact us directly at the csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com address)


10 Thoughts on “CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition

  1. Hello, could you please advise whether the winning story is published in some way, e.g. on the website, or in one of your anthologies?

  2. Dave Versace on July 24, 2016 at 10:45 pm said:

    Thanks for the question Kym. The winners will be published in the convention handbook, and we will post them on the website after the convention. They won’t be included in our regular anthologies, though we have not ruled out the idea of collecting the contest winners in some printed form in the future (no specific plans for that at this stage though)

  3. Hi there,

    Can you please confirm if copyright will remain with the author should they win and be published as noted above. i.e. Can they submit for publication elsewhere following the competition?


  4. Dave Versace on July 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm said:

    Thanks for your question and sorry about the last minute response.

    In terms of rights, CSFG/Conflux will print the winning three stories in the convention booklet. While we claim no further rights, most paying markets require first publication rights, and would very likely regard publication in the convention book as having exhausted those rights. A winning story could still be submitted to reprint markets (with a good story to tell in the cover letter).

    Note that non-winning entries will not be printed and would not exhaust any rights, so could be subbed elsewhere.

  5. Dave Versace on December 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm said:

    In classic style I failed to follow up on this. The winners were posted on the Conflux site:


  6. Fiona on July 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm said:

    Do we need to be a member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 13 in order to enter and how do we confirm that we are under 16?

    • Leife Shallcross on July 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm said:

      Hi Fiona
      Sorry we missed this! No need to be a member to enter. $5 fee applies to non members who are aged over 16. Re proving you’re 16 – we’ll probably take your word for it on entry, but may scrutinise further if you’re shortlisted for a prize. Cheers.

  7. When is the next one?

    • Dave Versace on August 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm said:

      Next year’s convention dates haven’t been announced yet, but will be around Canberra’s October long weekend. The short story contest is usually launched in June and closes in late July to give time for judging and printing in the convention magazine.

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