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 2 March 2018.

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.

FEBRUARY WINNER: Announced 21 February 2018

Welcome to the first ever FURIOUS FICTION!

This month, we wanted to celebrate fiction of all kinds – so your story can be written in any genre you like. (This may not always be the case!)

Your story must contain no more than 500 words (hyphenated compounds will be counted as one word). If you wish to provide a TITLE for your story, there will be a separate box to enter this – it’s not counted in the 500. And of course, your story must meet this month’s CHALLENGE CRITERIA:

  1. Your story’s opening sentence must contain exactly THREE WORDS.
  2. You may have noticed that Furious Fiction is brought to you by the letter “F”. So, for this opening month, your story, anywhere throughout, must include the following FIVE F-words: ‘furious’, ‘flamboyant’, ‘forty’, ‘flavour’ and ‘fortune’. Plurals (if they exist) are allowed, but no other variations.
  3. Your story must include as a prop, in some way, a FEATHER.

And that’s your brief! We cannot WAIT to see what you all come up with. Each person can only enter ONCE so really go for it and WOW us. Remember, the deadline is midnight Sunday AEDST and first prize is $500. Writers, start your engines...

Furious Fiction FAQ

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

Q: How does it work?
A: On the FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 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: Can I win stuff?
A: You can TOTALLY win stuff. Every month, the story we judge to be the best WILL WIN AUD$500 CASH. We'll also publish our favourites on our website for thousands to see.

Q: Did you just say $500 cash, EVERY month?
A: We did.

Q: So, how much is it to enter?
A: It's free to enter.

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

Q: What did you say?
A: Never mind.

Q: How can I be part of FURIOUS FICTION?
A: It's easy. Just head to our website and start writing! The competition is open worldwide to entrants aged 17 years and over. Or 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.

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

Join the Furious Fiction Fan Club and you'll be notified as soon as the next challenge opens!
(You'll receive all of the details of that month's challenge – directly to your inbox.)

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