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!

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The next FURIOUS FICTION challenge will go live 5pm Friday 5 March 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 orange button) so you can be notified as soon as each competition goes live.

The winner of Furious Fiction February will be announced on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Welcome to MARCH FURIOUS FICTION!

This month, among other things, we’ve dialled up a picture prompt!

Here are this month’s criteria:

  1. Your story must include the pictured setting (above) at some point.
  2. Just because it’s March, your story must include the following “MAR-” words: MARKET, MARBLE, MARVELLOUS, MARSHMALLOW.
  3. Your story’s final sentence must contain dialogue – i.e. someone speaking.

Feel free to interpret any of the criteria in any creative way you like. The four required words can be longer variations as long as the original word remains – e.g. MARKETS or MARBLED. (And yes, Americans, you can spell MARVELOUS with one L!)  

We also love it when 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.

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).

Entries close midnight Sunday 7 March 2021 (Sydney/Melbourne time).

The first prize is AUD500. The winner will be announced on the final Wednesday of the month – 31 March 2021.

Good luck!

SUBMIT YOUR STORY

“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