Speculative fiction covers a vast array of subgenres ranging from broadly known to the more niche.

Conjugation, aside from the best known definition relating to verb forms, also refers to the formation or existence of a link between things, and in several scientific arenas the fusion of two things.

C14’s amateur short story competition challenge is to take two of the following subgenres and fuse them together.

  • Hard science fiction
  • Soft science fiction
  • Solarpunk
  • Ecopunk
  • Steampunk
  • Epic/high fantasy (please don’t write an entire 11-book series! Just give us a glimpse into such a world.)
  • Urban fantasy
  • Superhero fiction
  • Horror
  • Supernatural/paranormal fiction
  • Apocalyptic
  • Post-apocalyptic
  • Utopia
  • Dystopia
  • Alternate history
  • Fairy tales
  • Heroic fantasy
  • Gaslamp fantasy
  • Magical realism
  • Cyberpunk
  • Gothic fiction
  • Space opera


OPEN (age 18 and up): First prize is a one year membership to Writers Victoria. Second and third prize are to be confirmed closer to the con date.

JUNIOR (18 and under): There will be a first, second, and third prize, to be confirmed closer to the con date.

To enter the open competition, authors must be either a member or a supporting member of C14, or pay a $20 entry fee. (Email membership@c14.continuum.org.au if you’re not sure whether or not you’re a member yet!) Entry to the junior competition is FREE.

Entries must be received by midnight Monday 30th April 2018.


  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
  • Stories must be speculative and fuse two of the above subgenres. Please state which two genres you have selected in your submission email.
  • Only one entry per person can be submitted.
  • Stories must not be previously published.
  • ‘Amateur’ means the writer must have received no payment other than contributor copies and other incidentals (coffee mug, t-shirt, poster, etc) for any work they may have had published.
  • Only original fiction will be accepted — no fan fiction or other derivative or transformative works.
  • Stories must follow usual formatting e.g. 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • The stories will be blind-read so please ensure your name is not present on the story, in either the body or the header/footer.
  • Stories must be submitted by email in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format to membership@c14.continuum.org.au by midnight Monday 30th April 2018.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judge is unable to give feedback on submissions.
  • Winning entries will be published in the C14 conbook. Authors maintain copyright over their work.

14 Word Story Competition

It’s back!

Write us a speculative fiction story… in exactly 14 words!

Stories are to be submitted via twitter, using #con14words. A shortlist will be published in the con book, and a winner will be announced during the convention.

Stories do not need to fit a theme — the word count is the challenge.