BAD Western Sydney

BAD Western Sydney is a new short story crime anthology set in the urban/suburban sprawl of Western Sydney. Call for submissions is now open!


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Sep 12, 2022





“Every city has its own personality and crime fiction is as much about the place as it is about the crimes. Its time we got to know Western Sydney better, to read new stories set there that share new perspectives and different points of view, that introduce us to different characters coming to us from a new generation of writers using the lens of crime fiction to reveal what Australia today is all about.” Andy Muir


BAD Western Sydney a new crime anthology CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

BAD Western Sydney is a new crime anthology set in the urban/suburban sprawl of Western Sydney. This richly diverse part of Australia is home to over 10% of Australia’s population and is one of the world’s most multi-cultural regions. Within its bounds each centre is distinctive with a unique blend of languages and characters.

We are looking for short stories and microfiction to include in the anthology that evoke that strong sense of place.


The details:

  • The genre is crime.

  • The setting is Western Sydney.

  • Short stories must be a between min. 1,500 and max. 2,000 words.

  • Microfiction must be a maximum of 200 words.

  • Be aimed at an adult readership.

  • Open to writers aged 18 and above.

  • The work cannot be previously published in any form, including self-publishing or on your website/blog.

  • Entry is free


    Important dates:
    Open for submissions 8
    th July, 2022
    Close: Sep 12th, 2022 

    Publication: November/December 2022

    Entry is free

  • Western Crimes

    Thinking about submitting a crime story to the BAD Western Sydney anthology? Come along for a hybrid workshop where crime authors Loraine Peck (The Second Son) and Andy Muir (Something for Nothing) talk about their writing lives and how to write a crime story. Bring your ideas, your questions, and your sharpest pencil ready to participate in a workshop with a difference, one aimed at providing you with enough inspiration and a set of tips to craft your own crime story. 

  • The BAD workshop will take place on 20th August, 2.00-3.30pm, at WestWords Centre for Writing (41 Hunter Street Parramatta) 
    RSVP to the workshop here


    For more information on the anthology submission

  • To enter the anthology click here

  • Any questions? admin@westwords.com.au or 1800WestWords (1800 937 896)

    BAD Western Sydney is a partnership between
    BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and WestWords, Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation. 

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