Black in Business
Black in Business
First place: $5,000 + matching donation to the Black Artists + Designers Guild
Second place: $2,500
Third place: $1,000
Dates to know
January 29: Submissions open
March 11, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
March 12: Winners announced
About this Challenge
The lives we lead today would be considerably different without the contributions made by Black entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators. In recent years, the number of Black-owned businesses has risen dramatically, with Black women fueling much of that growth! Our world wouldn't function the same without Black engineering, philosophy, and discovery.
As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the significant effects of racism, it's imperative to recognize the tremendous impact Black innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs have across all different industries. This includes restaurant and small business owners, designers, photographers––you name it.
Let's continue to honor and acknowledge Black stories by shining a spotlight on influential Black entrepreneurs and creatives. Enter the Black in Business Challenge and highlight a Black creator or innovator, online or offline, that you admire and tell us why. This person who inspires you could be someone you know personally, the owner of your favorite local café, or even someone famous or historical that you admire. We can't wait to read your inspiring stories all month long.
"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there, I was promoted to the washtub. From there, I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there, I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground." – Madam C.J. Walker, founder of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company
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 March 11, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
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 35 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 Black in Business.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
The Mysterious Case of Dr. William Packman
An air of indescribable darkness prevailed in the Packmans’ home on the morning of February 5th, 1956. Martha Packman had never before heard her mother, Victoria, utter as earth-shattering a scream as she did then.
The Wrong Heist
It was a lot of money. Like, bundles of it. Mainly fifties and hundreds, all neatly bound with paper wrappers, and I was pretty stunned.
The Secrets of the Black Book
“Hey welcome! I’m glad you could make it! Come in, come in, have a seat! Whew, it’s freezing out there! I can’t believe how much snow has fallen, since we last spoke an hour ago, but I’m glad you made it through this snowstorm, safe and sound. Make yourself comfortable. I’ll take your coat, grab the black book out of the study, and then we can get started. You may have a seat by the fireplace, if you’d like, to warm yourself up! I just put some fresh logs on the fire, so that should last us a few hours. Alright, let me go hang up your coat, grab the book, and I’ll be right back.”