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

Autumn 2009 results

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

First Place ($250)

Wendy Kramer, NSW: "The Gay Bomb"

Second Place ($100)

Ron Jones, NSW: "Sisters"

Third Place ($50)

Chris Blackford, QLD: "Fiorella (A Fractured Fairytale)"

Highly Commended

Ian Harrison, NSW: “I Mention”

Dean Briggs, NSW: "Dan Golph, The Wizard"

Brennan O’Shea, SA: "The Drover’s Lion"

Jacqui Dent, NSW: "It’s a Love Story"


BJ Stirling, NSW: "Topping Aunt Gloria"

Jacqui Dent, NSW: “Panthers Ahead”

Alida van den Bos, NSW: "Robin and the Holy Grail"

Lee Davies, VIC: "Aunt Emily’s Last Christmas”

Ross Duffy, SA: "It’s a Cruel World"

There were 128 short stories in the competition, from 94 entrants.