This year, WestWords and the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival are returning for: BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case.

The first anthology was an amazing success, featuring writers from all over Australia. This is your opportunity to submit works of short fiction and micro-fiction for your chance of publication in the second anthology. 

Read the first anthology online here.

BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case anthology will be launched at the 2024 BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival.


Terms & Conditions

    The call for work to the BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case anthology is open to writers above the age of 18 as of 15 July, 2024.

    Short stories must be a between min. 1,500 and max. 2,000 words. Microfiction must be a maximum of 200 words.

    The genre is crime fiction.

    The setting must feature Greater Western Sydney.

    Work must be aimed at an adult readership.

    The manuscript must be written primarily in English and an entirely original work, written by the entrant.

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

    The submitted work cannot be under consideration to any other publisher or entered in any award.

    Entrants must not be a current employee or Board member of WestWords or BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

    The work must be submitted as either a PDF or Word document.

    No identifying information about the author is to be on the submitted work.

    Entrants must be citizens or full-time residents of Australia.

    All entries must be submitted via the entry form on the WestWords website ( and by 9am, 15 July 2024. Hard copy or emailed submissions will not be accepted.

    Entries will be judged on the work’s literary merit.

    The judging panel will include a representative from WestWords, and a representative BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

    The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into either during or after the judging process.

    The successful entries will be notified by phone and/or email by early August.

    The successful entries will be published in the BAD Western Sydney anthology to be launched at BAD Sydney Crime Festival on 14 September 2024

    Each writer whose work appears in the anthology will receive one free copy of the publication.

    In submitting your work you agree to the following terms:

    You accept the conditions of entry and give your consent for your manuscript to be considered for inclusion in the anthology.

    You agree that prior to publication you make yourself available for correspondence and editing or your work.

    You grant WestWords as the publisher of the anthology the first serial rights on any story we publish. 

    You grant WestWords first print (exclusive rights) to 30 June, 2024, and the right to keep the submitted story in print as part of the anthology. *

    After expiry of first print rights, you grant WestWords continuing, non-exclusive print rights as part of, and in reprints of, the anthology only.

    Each work included in the anthology will receive remuneration of $325 (exGST) per short story, $250 (exGST) per microfiction.

    You understand that proceeds of the anthology will be used to offset costs involved in producing this, and future, BAD Western Sydney anthologies.

    You will make yourself reasonably available for associated publicity and events.

    * the author retains all rights not expressly granted to the publisher.

    In submitting your work you warrant that: 

    Publication of your manuscript by WestWords will in no way whatsoever infringe on any existing copyright or licence or any other right of any third person.

    The work contains no defamatory matter, or any matter which invades any individual’s right of privacy.

    All statements in the work purporting to be facts are true.