The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2017.

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.

– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:

Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive an engraved plaque.

Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive an engraved plaque.

AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal through our online store.

Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Submissions are currently closed!

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2017.

1. Maree Kimberley (2016 short story winner)
2. Glenn H. Mitchell (2016 flash fiction winner)
3. Deborah Sheldon (2016 short story runner-up)

Competition closes 31st May 2017.
Winners will be announced on this page in late June or early July.

Contact the AHWA Competitions Coordinator if you have any further questions.