Four Make the Shortlist for our December Writing Contest

by - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

We are so pleased to announce that four writers have made the shortlist for our December 2019 Write Prompt Challenge.  We try to choose images that can take authors in countless directions, and that's exactly what the image of a hitchhiker did. These writers approached the provided image with wonderfully unique views that were clever and surprising.

Congratulations to all the shortlisters — we wish you well as you go on to the final stage of judging!

ACE BAKER | shortlisted for his story, 'The Cocoon, Breaking Up'

Ace Baker is a writer, poet and teacher from Vancouver. His short story, "Victory Girl," won the Storyteller Award, and his poetry has won the SIWC, PNWA, and Magpie contests, among others. Both his poetry and prose have been nominated for National Magazine Awards and the Pushcart Prize.

RACHEL FREEMAN | shortlisted for her story, 'Exit Strategy'

Rachel Freeman is an aspiring author and published poet who lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband, two children, and a pair of cats. She’s an avid reader and writer who enjoys all manner of artistic expression. Creativity is a part of her every day, and if music is playing, Rachel is singing along.

DESIREE KENDRICK | shortlisted for her story, 'Hitching a Ride'

An Event Planner by day, a writer by night, Desiree Kendrick fused her Bachelor of Arts with a Project Management certificate. Publishing credits include Blank Spaces magazine, Nod literary magazine, Black Dog Review. You can read her work at desireekendrick.com.

JENNIFER TURNEY | shortlisted for her story, 'Take Those Chances'

Two-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon, Jennifer Turney loves the challenge of writing in different formats - though short stories are her favorite. She is a married mother of 3, living in Huntsville, Ontario and training for her Black Belt in Goshinji-Ryu Karate.


These four entries will be sent out to our panel of judges who rate each story based on its own merit. [See a breakdown of what the judges look for here.] Winners will be announced at the beginning of February - with first place being published in the March 2020 issue of Blank Spaces. Pre-order your copy here.

If you'd like to enter one of our Write Prompt Challenges, pop over to our contest page to learn more.


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