Category Archives: Australian Writers’ Centre Prompts

Furious Fiction – August 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—August 2021 short story competition was as follows: Your story’s first sentence must contain only four words. Your story must include something being shared. Your story must include the words PAINT, SHIFT, WAVE and TOAST. (Longer variations were accepted as long as original spelling was retained.) *** The Next Chapter The house is finished. After

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Furious Fiction – November 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—November 2021 short story competition was as follows: Your story must include someone PACKING A SUITCASE. Your story must include the phrase “ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM” (as dialogue or narrative). Your story must include the words CHARM, CRUSH and FAINT. (Longer variations were accepted as long as original spelling was retained.) *** Until Death Do

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Furious Fiction – October 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—October 2021 short story competition was as follows: 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. *** Renovations: I’ve lived in this apartment complex for ten years. I moved here when I was 18, fresh out

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Furious Fiction and Me

In February, the Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC) celebrated the Furious Fiction competition’s third birthday by putting a call out to participants to share their own experiences, insights or perspectives on the competition. The AWC shared the responses they received here. My response wasn’t included, so I thought I’d publish it below. *** Furious Fiction and Me I fell in love

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Furious Fiction – July 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—July 2021 short story competition was as follows: Each story had to take place at some kind of contest. Each story had to include a character who forgets something. Each story had to include the words PRESS, FLING and GROUND. (Longer variations were accepted as long as original spelling was retained.) *** Poison I’m at

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Furious Fiction – June 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—June 2021 short story competition was as follows: Each story had to include (word for word) the following SEVEN descriptions at any point in the story body: THICK AS HONEY SILENT AND STILL GOLDEN GLOW HEART-SHAPED DELICATE PERFUME SOFT AND DOUGHY RAZOR-SHARP *** Waiting Room I’ve been in my fair share of waiting rooms

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Furious Fiction – April 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—April 2021 short story competition was as follows: Your story must begin in some kind of queue. Your story must include the words CROSS, DROP and LUCKY. Your story must include a map. *** The Next Clue I’m standing in a queue behind people I’ll never know in a beige office building, following the orders

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