Vote for My Short Story in the Blank Page Challenge (closes March 15)

DISCLAIMER: I am going to ask you to read and vote for something at the end of this post.

Sorry I missed last week’s post, where I promised you Part 2, the case for staying engaged online. I took a week off to finish writing and editing my short story for February 2018 entry of The Blank Page Challenge, a new online short story contest.

Some of you may know that I have always wanted to be a writer, ever since I first understood that it was something you could actually do. As a kid, I wrote constantly, read passionately. But then my own mental health issues, insecurities, and other distractions (*ahem* University) convinced me that I didn’t have what it takes to be a professional author. Too many unmet commitments. Too many people I disappointed.

I decided the best I could do would be to write copy for other people and edit other people’s words. And I love my work. It’s resuscitated the dormant storytelling part of my brain. And recently I began to feel the itch to write for myself again. Ongoing therapy has helped.

But a few weeks ago I saw a tweet about a new online short story contest run by the Blank Page Challenge. Something stirred in me, a new burn. I’ve never shown my creative writing to anyone outside of my family and friends—and even then only small parts. And this story is dark, contains bad language, (one missed typo), and a lot of myself—my fears, my mindset, and how I see myself as a creator.

It’s about a man who meets the devil in Iceland.

I wrote the story around the given prompt (the gorgeous, evocative photo above), and sent it in. And folks, that short story, PAID IN FULL, has been nominated as a top-3 finalist by a panel of judges! (Actually, it’s the Judges’ Number 1 pick #humblebrag).

You can read it and the other awesome stories here:

And if you think my little story deserves to win, there is a poll on the top right of the page under “Pick Your Winner” for you to select a piece. Voting closes March 15th.

If you have the time, I’d love it if you could read and vote? If you want to help spread the word, please do so by sharing this link:, as that is the one that will be tracked by judges.

Thank you so much for your love and support! I couldn’t have done it without you.

xx Jill

P.S. Back to regular posts next week.

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