Challenge 1: February 2018

Submissions for February’s Short Story Challenge are now closed. We will be announcing the top three for the public vote on the 7th of March.

If you didn’t enter this time but would like to try your hand at the next, you can find out when the next Short Story Challenge starts on the Diary for 2018.

Welcome to the first Blank Page Short Story Challenge of 2018, this competition will follow the standard rules of the Blank Page Challenge and you will need to submit your piece using the normal submission format.


  • You may only submit one piece
  • The piece may not be longer than 2,000 words in total
  • Your short story must take inspiration from the prompt below
  • The piece can be from any genre
  • Your story must be submitted in English
  • You must submit your piece to us before the deadline


The competition runs from the 1st of February with a deadline for all submission to be emailed to us by 11:59pm EST, 28th of February 2018. Any pieces received after this deadline will, regretfully, be disqualified.

The Panel will then vote on all submissions to find the top three entries from the 1st of March until the 7th of March 2018, this will become our shortlist.

Finally, the free public vote to find the winner of the competition will take place from Friday, 9th of March, closing for voting at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, 15th of March 2018.

The winner will be announced on this website, Twitter and Facebook on Friday, 16th of March.

Submissions: 1st February -> 28th February
Panel vote: 1st March -> 7th March
Public vote: 9th March -> 15th March
Winner announced: 16th March 2018


We’re very thankful for the support we’ve received from our partners in the form of prizes for the top three short stories in this round. The prizes for this round are as follows:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:


Challenge 1 writing prompt:

You should use the following as inspiration within your short story in some shape or form:

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