I run the Best of Times Short Story Competitions twice a year; once in Autumn and once in Spring. I advertise them to writers' groups and on Facebook. - C. A. Broadribb.

The Best of Times Short Story Competition

Spring 2022 results

Note: stories are available for reading only where the authors have given permission.

First Place ($492)

Cheryl Lockwood, QLD: Signs of Boredom

Second Place ($70)

Eleanor Turner, NSW: Otherwise Engaged

Third Place ($35)

Alexandra Patrikios, TAS: Thismia Americana

Highly Commended

Jim Brigginshaw, NSW: In the Wake of Drake

Jay McKenzie, QLD: And Whiter Grows the Foam

Cassie Hamer, NSW: The 2021 AGM of the Allied Union of Elbows


Peter Smith, NSW: The Proposal

Sue Clayton, NSW: Astrology Conversion

Leigh Garrahy, QLD: Fifty, Fabulous and (not quite) Fit

Rose Saltman, NSW: Leaving Australia Twice in Thirty Minutes

There were 74 short stories in the competition, from 64 entrants.