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.


BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case is a 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.

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

Key Dates:

  • Call outs open May 17th, 2024
  • Crime Writing Masterclass with Dinuka McKenzie, June 9th, 2024. RSVP via this link
  • Crime Writing Masterclass with Candice Fox, June 15th, 2024. RSVP via this link
  • Call out ends July 15th, 2024
  • The anthology will be launched September 14th as a part of BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival at the NSW State Library

What we are looking for:

  • Short Story or Micro-Fiction
  • The genre is crime
  • The setting is Western Sydney
  • Short stories must be a between min. 1,500 and max. 2,000 words
  • Micro-fiction 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

To submit:

Email your submission to

  • word.doc or PDF accepted as attachment
  • 12 size font, double spaces, times new roman

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