Short Story Competition

Long before movies, TV and video games, we got our fix of superhumans, fantasy settings and terrifying monsters through the magic of the written word. Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels created the first pop-culture fans and these genres have endured to this day.

Aspiring writers of Riverina are invited to write an original Short Story under 2000 words in the fantasy or sci-fi genres. Entries open now and all submissions must be received before July 28..

A shortlist of three stories will be selected by GAMMA.CON staff and the competition winner will be announced at the end of GAMMA.CON Wagga Wagga..

All shortlisted entries will be published on the GAMMA.CON website. Entries must be emailed to in either MS word or Open Document format with your name, age and contact information before midnight on the 14th of March.


  • Entries are limited to one story per person.
  • All stories must be kept to a relatively family friendly rating. Adult themes and violence can be included as long as they are not excessive or graphic and serve purpose to the story.
  • Extreme violence, gore, nudity and erotica are strictly prohibited. Racist, sexist, religious, derogatory or other inappropriate content that is deemed to be inflammatory of poor taste will not be tolerated. Failure to comply with these standards will result in your entry being disqualified.
  • As long as stories include Fantasy and Sci-Fi themes, settings or characters, cross-genre submissions (romance, action, horror) will be accepted.
  • We will accept references to fantasy based deities or faiths but please refrain from focusing on real world religions or imagery.
  • Stories can be any length as long as it does not exceed 2000 words.
  • Fan fiction or stories set in existing universes (ie fanfiction) will be accepted but must be original and not a retelling of an existing story.
  • Being a competition based on a creative medium, judging of the competition will be subjective and based solely on the opinion of the judges. Although some consideration will be given to spelling, grammar and structure there will be no matrix or score sheet utilised to come to a decision and feedback or explanations on the outcome will not be given.

GAMMA.CON reserves the right to display all submitted entries for promotional purposes. By entering this competition you are agreeing to adhere to the conditions of entry outlined above.
The winners will receive a pop culture prize pack and printing of their story on GAMMA.CON social media.

Get writing!