Category: Short story competitions

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Furious Fiction June 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a descriptive June this month at Furious Fiction. These were the story criteria: Each story had to include (word for word) the following SEVEN descriptions at any point in the story body: THICK AS HONEY SILENT AND STILL GOLDEN GLOW HEART-SHAPED DELICATE PERFUME SOFT AND DOUGHY RAZOR-SHARP And

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Furious Fiction May 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a dark and stormy night at Furious Fiction HQ. The judges gathered around the glow of the Apple laptop and rubbed their hands with glee (a brand of hand sanitiser). Yesterday, the identity of the competition winner was unclear – many sitting on the fence in their decision.

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Your 29-word “road trip” stories

Flash fiction is big right now, but what about micro-fiction? This tiny format almost borders on poetry at times and seeks to make the biggest impact in the fewest words – something all too familiar to the ‘Twitter’ generation. Last week, we asked our community to create for us a

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Furious Fiction April 2021 winner and shortlist

Every month a long queue of writers from all over the map throw their narrative hats into this three-ringed circus we call Furious Fiction, crossing their fingers, dropping their heads in prayer and hoping to get lucky. These were the April criteria: Your story must begin in some kind of

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Furious Fiction March 2021 winner and shortlist

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but this month we were fine with just 500 as we introduced only the fourth picture prompt in Furious Fiction history. These were the complete criteria for March: Each story had to include the pictured setting (above) at some point.

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Furious Fiction February 2021 winner and shortlist

It was a happy third birthday to Furious Fiction this month (be sure to check out our “stories behind the stories” collection) and to celebrate turning three, every story had to begin with the word THREE. That wasn’t all though: Each story had to be set in a SCHOOL. Each

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Furious Fiction January 2021 winner and shortlist

It’s a new year and we were so eager that we hit the ground running with our first Furious Fiction challenge for 2021 on the first day of January. (Ahem, it may have also had something to do with the calendar.) A new year was dawning, so here’s what we

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Enter a competition with just the first 5 pages of your manuscript

Want the chance to win money for the first five pages of a fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript? The First Pages Prize is all about supporting emerging writers who are currently unagented. According to the press release, “Five winners will receive $5000 total in cash awards, a developmental edit to

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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Furious Fiction December 2020 winner and shortlist

And so we arrive at the final Furious Fiction edition for this quiet, uneventful year. The criteria we required in December were: Each story had to include a GIFT of some kind. Each story’s first sentence had to contain only THREE words. The following words had to be used somewhere

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Furious Fiction November 2020 winner and shortlist

It’s been a weird year for travel. And so in this month’s Furious Fiction, we thought we’d do our bit for the fiction accommodation industry (you’re welcome) by asking everyone to set their 500-words-or-fewer stories in a hotel. Naturally, that wasn’t the only slice of the criteria cake. Here were

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Australian novella competition now open

Novella competitions are rare. So rare that Seizure’s Viva la Novella has been the only stand alone novella competition for the past eight years. In 2020, the competition is focusing on regional writers. Seizure has partnered with The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS), whose mission is to strengthen regional

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction October 2020 winner and shortlist

One of the great things about Furious Fiction is that for one weekend, writers all around the world are working on the same brief at the same time – and this month, they did so with a full moon out the window. Here were the criteria: Each story had to

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction September 2020 winner and shortlist

A picture told 500 words this month as we welcomed back the infamous picture prompt to our Furious Fiction criteria club. The picture above was the image in question and the complete challenge for September went something like this: Each story had to be INSPIRED by the picture above. Each story’s

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Furious Fiction August 2020 winner and shortlist

Furious Fiction was this month transformed into a comedy club, as we invited entrants to counter the prevailing 2020 narrative of doom and gloom and bring the funny! To help set up such a tee-hee-friendly scene, were these criteria: Each story had to contain HUMOUR/COMEDY of any kind. Each story

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Your 23-word stories

Recently, we thought we’d inject some creativity into our community’s week with a simple tiny fiction challenge. There were only two rules – the first that it had to contain no more than 23 words. And the second, that it must be inspired by the picture above.  We received almost

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

23-word story challenge

Are you feeling creatively drained after these past few weeks of “here we go again-ness”? We get it… so we thought it might be a good week to give you a bonus tiny fiction challenge! As it’s the 23rd today, so we’d like you to write a story that contains

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction July 2020 winner and shortlist

To those who RSVPed to our invitation to this month’s Furious Fiction, we welcome you to the big day. If you thumb through the order of service, you’ll see that the following criteria are gathered here today: Each story had to take place at either WEDDING or a FUNERAL. Each

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction June 2020 winner and shortlist

This month on the Furious Fiction show, we asked contestants to conjure a short story out of thin air using the following criteria: Each story’s first and last words had to begin with J. Each story had to include a game being played. Each story had to include the phrase

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Furious Fiction May 2020 winner and shortlist

May was another huge month for our spritely little Furious Fiction competition – with our second highest entries ever (highest was last month!). It just shows what great word of mouth and marketing–cough cough lockdown pandemic cough— can do! Being the fifth month of the year, or maybe because we

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