Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce that we are once again running a short story competition,

Short story competition

PROMPT: Coming of age in other worlds. Sweet sixteen and never been…


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 C16, Email if you’re not sure whether or not you’re a member yet!)

Entries must be received by midnight Tuesday 30th April 2020. Email entries to


  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
  • Stories must be speculative and include the them.
  • 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 2020.
  • 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 C16 conbook. Authors maintain copyright over their work.