The next FURIOUS FICTION challenge will go live 5pm Friday 2 September 2022.

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On each competition weekend, we’ll reveal a set of story prompts and you’ll have 55 hours to submit your best story of 500-words (or fewer) for the chance to win a cash prize of AUD$500.

Furious Fiction is free to enter and open to anyone 17 years+, anywhere in the world.

You can read the answers to our frequently asked questions HERE and our terms and conditions HERE.

Be sure to sign up to the Furious Fiction Fan Club (click on the big blue button) to be notified about each competition and also for monthly creative inspiration!

Latest Winner

Our June winner was announced on 20 July 2022. Congratulations Evan Hammersmith (Tasmania) for his story, “The Walk”.

In Evan's winning story, “The Walk”, we are presented with a dark and foreboding piece that appreciates the small details – an empty space; awkward silence; vibrations from a waiting crowd – each compounding to conjure a feeling of authenticity. Using a tight narrative structure, the author wastes no words on unnecessary back story, instead taking the reader into a deep POV of our protagonist and the drama that surrounds this important meal and the events to come. A feast of vivid description and a chef’s-kiss triumph in flash fiction storytelling.

Read the Winning Story and shortlisted entries with judges comments now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: So tell me – what is FURIOUS FICTION?
A: FURIOUS FICTION is a quarterly short story competition from the Australian Writers’ Centre.

Q: How does it work?
A: On the FIRST FRIDAY OF A NEW SEASON (March, June, September, December), we will unveil a new story challenge. You then have 55 hours and a maximum of 500 words to wow us with your storytelling skills.

Q: Wait, didn’t this used to be monthly?
A: That’s right. Between February 2018 and December 2021, we ran the competition monthly. Now it’s quarterly – an exciting creative challenge will kick off each new season.

Q: Can I win stuff?
A: You can TOTALLY win stuff. Each competition, the story we judge to be our favourite will WIN AUD$500 CASH and be published on our blog.

Q: So, how much is it to enter?
A: Please, put your wallet away. It’s free to enter.

Q: Wait. Did you just say it’s FREE to enter?
A: We did. Do you need to get your hearing checked?

Q: Sorry, what?
A: Nothing.

Q: How can I be part of FURIOUS FICTION?
A: It’s easy. The competition is open worldwide to entrants aged 17 years and over. Sign up to the Furious Fiction Fan Club to be notified when the next challenge goes LIVE.

Q: Is this my new favourite thing in the whole world?
A: Yes. Yes it is