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!
The next FURIOUS FICTION challenge will go live 5pm Friday 5 November 2021.
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 blue button) so you can be notified as soon as each competition goes live.
The winner of Furious Fiction October will be announced on Wednesday 27 October 2021.
Welcome to OCTOBER FURIOUS FICTION!
These are this month's challenge criteria:
- Your story’s setting: a COURT of some kind.
- Your story must include a character who measures something.
- Your story must include the words BALLOON, ROCK, UMBRELLA.
Feel free to interpret these criteria in any creative way you like. The required words can be longer but the original spelling must be retained (e.g., “BALLOONing” or “ROCKy”).
Your story must be 500 words or fewer and the winning story will earn its talented author $500AU.
We also love seeing you share the fun throughout the weekend by tagging #furiousfiction in your Twitter and Instagram 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 per month.
NOTE: Our submission box is allergic to italics, but we know they can be useful. So if you require italics for your story, please place an asterisk *before and after* the italic section(s).
Entries close 1am Monday 4 October 2021 (Sydney/Melbourne daylight saving time).
The first prize is AUD500. The winner will be announced on the final Wednesday of the month – 27 October 2021.
“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