Writing NSW – Online: Writing Speculative Fiction, with Eugen Bacon

This online workshop explores fundamentals of writing speculative fiction across ‘genres’ of fantasy, science fiction, horror and the paranormal and cross-genre writing. Online: Writing Speculative Fiction with Eugen Bacon, includes writing exercises and the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback. Find out more via the Writing NSW website.

Online: Writing Speculative Fiction

Ditmar 2020 Winners Announced

The winners of the Ditmar Awards 2020 were announced during an online ceremony on Saturday September 19. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Best Novel

  • "The Year of the Fruit Cake", Gillian Polack, IFWG Publishing Australia.

Best Short Fiction

  • "Whom My Soul Loves", Rivqa Rafael, in Strange Horizons, 11 November 2019.

Best Collected Work

  • "Collision", J.S. Breukelaar, Meerkat Press

Best Fan Writer

  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, for reviews in "Skiffy and Fanty".

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium


  • "Be The Serpent" podcast, Alexandra Rowland, Jennifer Mace and Freya Marske.
  • "SF Commentary", Bruce Gillespie.

Best New Talent

  • Freya Marske

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Grant Watson, reviews on "FictionMachine".

Conflux & CSFG 2020 Short Story Competition Extended

Get Writing!

We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on the theme, “Apocalypse”. The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 16. Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 16 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!

The winning stories will be published online as part of our October 2020 activities.


First prize is $200 and a 2021 Conflux 16 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 16 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 16 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in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.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 through chair@conflux.org.au before midnight on Friday 16 October 2020.

Entry Fees
Fees can be paid by direct deposit:
BSB 083-004
A/C 79-147-4332
Conflux Incorporated
Please put reference: 2020Short.