Category Archives: Short Stories

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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19 Words on COVID-19

Around March-April 2020, when social distancing and border lockdowns were enforced for the first time in Australia, the Australian Writers’ Centre encouraged writers to share how they felt about COVID-19 in 19 words – no more, no less. More than a year later (due to falling behind with my writing projects), I’ve finally written my own 19-word micro story about

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Furious Fiction – March 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—March 2021 short story competition was as follows: Each story had to include the pictured setting (above) at some point. Each story had to include the following “MAR-” words: MARKET, MARBLE, MARVELLOUS, MARSHMALLOW. Each story’s final sentence had to contain dialogue – i.e. someone speaking. *** Personal Call I managed to hobble my way into

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Furious Fiction – February 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—February 2021 short story competition was as follows: Each story had to be set in a SCHOOL. Each story had to begin with the word THREE. Each story had to include the adjectives: MAGNETIC, UNCOUTH, SUSPICIOUS, FLOWERY *** New Girl Three. Three years I’m going to be stuck at this school, the Haywood Academy for

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Furious Fiction – January 2021

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—January 2021 short story competition was as follows: Your story has to begin at sunrise. Your story has to use the words SIGNATURE, PATIENT, BICYCLE. (Longer variations permitted.) Your story has to include a character who has to make a CHOICE. *** Resolutions The New Year started for me with the sun rising, the

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Furious Fiction – December 2020

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—December 2020 short story competition was as follows: Your story has to include a GIFT of some kind. Your story’s first sentence has to contain only THREE WORDS. Your story has to include the following words: PALM, MATCH and ROSE. *** Gifts “It’s from me!” I forced a gracious smile on my face after

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