Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce that we are once again running a short story competition, along with a Twitter-based competition for best 15-word story.

Short story competition

Theme: Alternative Realities


OPEN (age 18 and up): First place will receive a cash prize from the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. Second and third prize are to be confirmed closer to the con date.

JUNIOR (18 and under): There will be a first, second, and third prize, to be confirmed closer to the con date.

To enter the open competition, authors must be either a member or a supporting member of C15, or pay a $20 entry fee. (Email if you’re not sure whether or not you’re a member yet!) Entry fees will be payable via TryBooking or direct deposit. Entry to the junior competition is FREE.

Entries must be received by midnight Tuesday 30th April 2019. Email entries to


  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
  • Stories must be speculative and incorporate this year’s theme – Alternative Realities.
  • Only one entry per person can be submitted.
  • Stories must not be previously published.
  • ‘Amateur’ means the writer must have received no payment other than contributor copies and other incidentals (coffee mug, t-shirt, poster, etc) for any work they may have had published.
  • Only original fiction will be accepted — no fan fiction or other derivative or transformative works.
  • Stories must follow usual formatting e.g. 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • The stories will be blind-read so please ensure your name is not present on the story, in either the body or the header/footer.
  • Stories must be submitted by email in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format to by midnight Tuesday 30th April 2019.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judge is unable to give feedback on submissions.
  • Winning entries will be published in the C15 conbook. Authors maintain copyright over their work.

15 word story competition

It’s back! Write us a speculative fiction story… in exactly 15 words!

Stories are to be submitted via twitter, using the hashtag #con15words. A shortlist will be published in the con book, and a winner will be announced during the convention.

Stories do not need to fit a theme — the word count is the challenge.