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 2023 results

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

First Place ($278)

Wendy Wardell, WA: The Archibald Surprise

Second Place ($69)

Raymond Scott, VIC: Taking the Strain

Third Place ($23)

Kath Hastings, QLD: The Red Shoes

Highly Commended

Sanna Breytberg, VIC: Woolworths Noir

Annaleise Byrd, QLD: Revenge of the Bush Turkey

Linda King, NSW: A Love/Hate Relationship With Mrs Blobby


Scott Hoffman, VIC: Dark Horse

Joanne Macias, NSW: Sole Adventure

Maeve McGoohan, VIC: Thriving - A First Day of School

Stephen Wallace, NSW: The Sex Thriller Director - A True Story

There were 48 short stories in the competition, from 43 entrants.