AWC presents

Furious Fiction

55 hours. 500 words. 500 dollars.

On the first weekend of every month, you are invited to put your storytelling skills to the test in the ultimate writer-takes-all short story competition. Armed only with our simple brief, your job is to race the clock to come up with your best 500 words-or-fewer story and be in to win a tasty $500 – every single month.

It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s free… Welcome to Furious Fiction!




Live now!






The next FURIOUS FICTION challenge will go live 5pm Friday 4 September 2020.

On the first Friday of every month, a new set of story prompts will be revealed. You will have 55 hours to submit your best 500-word (or fewer) story for the chance to win… (drumroll)… $500!

That's right. The winning story EVERY month comes with a cash prize of AUD$500. 

Furious Fiction is open to anyone 17 years and older, anywhere in the world.

Be sure to sign up to the Furious Fiction Fan Club (click on the big orange button) so you can be notified as soon as each competition goes live.

The winner of Furious Fiction August will be announced on Wednesday 26 August 2020.


THIS MONTH, we've had enough of the doom and gloom in the world…

  • Your story must contain HUMOUR/COMEDY (see below).
  • Your story must include the following five words: DIZZY, EXOTIC, LUMPY, TINY, TWISTED.
  • Your story must include a sandwich.

Wait – what does “contain humour/comedy mean??”

  • Your story must simply use humour as a main driving force. (Think amusing situations, characters and tone.)
  • Examples include satire, unusual/improbable situations, dark comedies, romantic comedies, slapstick or just anything playful in tone.
  • There are no wrong answers here – if in doubt, just write something that you would find funny.

If anything appears open to interpretation, then go for it – our judges reward creativity!
And don’t forget to share your efforts all weekend by tagging #furiousfiction in your Twitter and Instagram in your updates!

Maximum 500 words – hyphenated compounds count as just one word. 

This contest is open to anyone in the world. But you must be 17 or older to enter and you can only enter ONCE.

NOTE: Our submission box is allergic to italics, but we know they’re very useful. So if you require italics for your story, please place an asterisk *before and after* the italic section(s).

The deadline is midnight Sunday 9 August 2020 (Sydney/Melbourne time).

The first prize is AUD500. Winner will be announced on Wednesday 26 August.

Good luck!


“I am thrilled to win the June 2018 Furious Fiction competition and the generous prize offered by the Australian Writers' Centre. The monthly competition offers amateur writers plenty of encouragement,
motivation and inspiration to continue on their writing journeys.
Thank you to the Australian Writers' Centre for supporting
Australia's writing community so generously.”

– Jacqueline Trott

Join the Furious Fiction Fan Club to be notified when each comp goes live.

10 out of 10 – meet the Furious Fiction superfans!

Furious Fiction turns 21 and fans sign the card