BAD Western Sydney

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.

Important dates:
Open for submissions 8 July, 2022
Crime Writing Workshop: 20 August (Online and In Person) 2pm-3.30pm 
Submissions close: 9am, 12 September, 2022
Publication: November/December 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

Entry is free
To enter: CLICK HERE

“Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival has always championed Australian crime writers. Partnering with WestWords for this anthology of short crime fiction works marks an exciting new venture for BAD Sydney to help showcase the next generation of Western Sydney crime writers.”

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


  1. The call for work to the BAD Western Sydney anthology is open to writers above the age of 18 as of 1st July, 2022.
  2. Short stories must be a between min. 1,500 and max. 2,000 words. Microfiction must be a maximum of 200 words.
  3. The genre is crime fiction.
  4. The setting must feature Greater Western Sydney.
  5. Work must be aimed at an adult readership.
  6. The manuscript must be written primarily in English and an entirely original work, written by the entrant.
  7. The work cannot be previously published in any form, including self-publishing or on your website/blog.
  8. The submitted work cannot be under consideration to any other publisher or entered in any award.
  9. Entrants must not be a current employee or Board member of WestWords or BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.
  10. The work must be submitted as either a PDF or Word document.
  11. No identifying information about the author is to be on the submitted work.
  12. Entrants must be citizens or full-time residents of Australia.
  13. All entries must be submitted via the entry form on the WestWords website ( and by 9am, 12th September, 2022. Hard copy or emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  14. Entries will be judged on the work’s literary merit.
  15. The judging panel will include a representative from WestWords, and a representative BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.
  16. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into either during or after the judging process.
  17. The successful entries will be notified by phone and/or email by late September 2022.
  18. The successful entries will be published in the BAD Western Sydney anthology in November/December 2022.
  19. Each writer whose work appears in the anthology will receive one free copy of the publication.
  20. In submitting your work you agree to the following terms:
    1. you accept the conditions of entry and give your consent for your manuscript to be considered for inclusion in the anthology.
    2. You agree that prior to publication you make yourself available for correspondence and editing or your work.
    3. you grant WestWords as the publisher of the anthology the first serial rights on any story we publish.
    4. You grant WestWords first print (exclusive rights) to 31st December, 2023, and the right to keep the submitted story in print as part of the anthology. *
    5. After expiry of first print rights, you grant WestWords continuing, non-exclusive print rights as part of, and in reprints of, the anthology only.
    6. you will not receive renumeration on the understanding that proceeds of the anthology will be used to fund its, and future BAD Western Sydney anthologies.
    7. 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.