First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
December 25: Submissions open
December 31, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
January 5, 2021: Winners announced
About this Challenge
As the year comes to a close, let's look back and reflect on this year in music. We may not have attended concerts and live performances, participated in record store day (or had the kind of year we imagined at all), but the music this year did not disappoint! Surprise album drops, months-long anticipated new records, and so many new artists emerged this year––just when we needed it the most. From Cardi B to Taylor Swift and Drake to Bad Bunny, our favorite artists and their music helped us get through this challenging time. So, we want to hear what you've been listening to all year!
Enter the 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge and share the biggest hits from your music library this year and tell us why these songs were so meaningful to you. Playback your year track by track, and break down how these songs helped get you through 2020. What was your 2020 anthem? What do your most-streamed songs of the year say about you? What was your most played song or album to get you through lockdown? Who were your top artists? Create a playlist of your own top 20 tracks of 2020, and be sure to embed a link to your playlist in your story. We can't wait to hear what you've been jamming out to all year long! ⏪
For your story to be eligible, it must be between 600 and 5,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until December 31, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here. You must embed the playlist you’re writing about, which you can learn how to do here.
The 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. To learn more and upgrade to Vocal+ visit https://vocal.media/vocal-plus.
To be eligible to win the grand prize, second place, or third place prizes, you must be over the age of 13 and residing in a country where Stripe is available at the time of entry. A complete list of countries where Stripe is available can be found here—winners will need to have a Stripe account created and connected in order to receive the prizes. For this reason, entrants located outside of any of these 39 countries will not be eligible to win.
How to enter
- Create your story on Vocal.
- When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select 2020 Rewind Playlist.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
Black Book of Rewards & Consequences
Once upon a time in a world filled with 3 types of people, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and westerns are no longer the first thing to come to mind. When reality and fantasy are no longer separate and you find yourself questioning your own sanity, this is where my story begins.
The Book on the Bench
It was just sitting there, alone on the bench's wooden slats, almost invisible in the grey November afternoon. I didn't even notice it until I sat down. I recognized it at once, of course; I have had so many of those little books tucked into pockets and bags over the years, with their smooth black covers and their snappy elastics, and the page-mark peeking out one end or another. I had come there to think, but suddenly all the greater issues were brushed away by the smaller. Who had left it? Did they know they had lost it? I jerked my head up and scanned the garden, looking for someone nearby, someone searching, anyone whom the notebook might belong to. But it was a cold day in the Tuileries when only a wandering and preoccupied soul would linger, and the few people there were only shapes in the distance.
Little black book
Once upon a time there was a magic black book and grandma carried it around with her everywhere she went… Her relatives thought she was crazy; her granddaughter was enthralled by the book and she couldn’t keep her mind off it because grandma said that one day when grandma died the book could go to Trudy.