Managed by the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Foundation Inc, the KSP Writers' Centre is a vibrant not-for-profit incorporated organisation and registered DGR charity located in the Perth Hills region of Western Australia. The Foundation was formed in 1985 to preserve Katharine's Place at 11 Old York Road and run it as a Centre dedicated to writing development, the promotion of writers and literature, and to preserve the heritage-listed home and legacy of celebrated Australian author Katharine Susannah Prichard (1883-1969).

The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to present this annual spooky story competition for West Australian writers in partnership with sponsors Tabetha Rogers-Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions, Wild Weeds Press, and the Shire of Mundaring.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in winter (August) and published on social media and the KSP website thereafter. Word count limit for entries is 1,200 - click 'Submit' to view the entry form and further formatting instructions.

Prizes *subject to discretion of judge*

  • Adult first prize: $100, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Adult second prize: $50, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Shire of Mundaring resident encouragement award: $25, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Shortlist/Highly Commended/Commended awards: Certificate and publication in anthology

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Entries that do not meet the Terms of Use (Conditions of Entry) or Entry Formatting Rules will be disqualified.

The theme for 2023 is: After Midnight.

The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to present this annual spooky story competition for young Australian writers (17 years and under) in partnership with sponsors Tabetha Rogers-Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions, Wild Weeds Press, and the Shire of Mundaring.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in winter (August) and published on social media and the KSP website thereafter. Word count limit for entries is 500 - click 'Submit' to view the entry form and further formatting instructions.

Prizes *subject to discretion of judge*

  • WA youth first prize: $100, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • WA youth second prize: $25, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Interstate writer award: $50, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Shire of Mundaring encouragement award:  $25, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
  • Shortlist/Highly Commended/Commended awards: Digital certificate and publication in anthology


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Entries that do not meet the Terms of Use (Conditions of Entry) or Entry Formatting Rules will be disqualified.

The theme for 2023 is: After Midnight.

The KSP Writers' Centre is pleased to offer this fantastic opportunity to three emerging writers from Western Australia for a fully funded two-year development program, including retreats, workshops, seminars and mentoring. This mentored retreat with Dr Laurie Steed is included as part of the 4 Centres Emerging Writer Program coordinated by Fremantle Press in partnership with the KSP Writers’ Centre, Fellowship of Writers WA, Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre, and WA Poets Inc. Sponsored by the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

KSP Writers' Centre