Challenge 2: March 2018

The March Challenge is now CLOSED for submissions. Thank you to everyone who sent in their work, the Judge’s vote is now underway. 

Welcome to the second 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 one or both of the prompts 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
  • You may not enter if you have previously won a previous round


The competition runs from the 19th of March with a deadline for all submission to be emailed to us by 11:59pm EST, 16th of April 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 17th of April until the 23rd of April2018, this will become our shortlist.

Finally, the free public vote to find the winner of the competition will take place from 23rd of April, closing for voting at 11:59pm EST on 3rd of May 2018.

The winner will be announced on this website, Twitter and Facebook on Friday, 4th of May.

Submissions: 19th March -> 16th April
Panel vote: 17th April -> 23rd April
Public vote: 23rd April -> 3rd May
Winner announced: 4th May 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:

  • Inclusion of your short story in The Blank Page Challenge Short Story Anthology e-book. Which is to be published towards the end of the year. More details to follow on this!
  • $20 off coupon for services from SelfPubBookCovers.
  • 50% discount on the first 5,000 word edit from The Edifying Word.
  • $20 Amazon gift card from the judging panel.

2nd and 3rd place:

Challenge 2 prompts:

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

Written Prompt:

Image Prompt:

We look forward to seeing your stories now… get writing!