Challenge 4: July 2018

Welcome to the fourth 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 at least one 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 won a previous round


The competition runs from the 7th of July with a deadline for all submission to be emailed to us by 11:59 PM EST on the 18th of August. 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 19th of August until the 25th of August, 2018, this will become our shortlist.

Finally, the free public vote to find the winner of the competition will take place from 25th of August, closing for voting at 11:59pm EST on 3rd of September, 2018.

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

Submissions: 7th June -> 18th August
Panel vote: 19th August -> 25th August
Public vote: 25th August -> 3rd of September
Winner announced: 4th of September, 2018


We’re very thankful for the support we’ve received from our sponsors in the form of prizes for the top three short stories in this round. Find out more information on the prize sponsors here. 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!
  • A custom made journal from
  • A custom made Blank Page Challenge tumbler from Southern Decals An More.
  • A $20 gift card and tote bag from Strand Book Store.
  • A 6 month premium membership from Scribophile.
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card.
  • 50% off 5,000 word edit from The Edifying Word.

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

Find more information about the prize sponsors here.



This month we will be providing you with 6 words and three images. Your prompt will be any combination of the prompts. Choose 1, choose all 6, the decision is yours.