First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
February 17: Submissions open
February 23, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close
February 26: Winners announced
About this Challenge
From the early stages of music, beginning with Blues and Jazz in the ’20s to hip-hop and pop music from the ’90s onward, you will find one common denominator: Black women leading the way.
Whether behind the scenes, in front of the mic, building empires, or shaking things up in the boardroom, Black women play a significant role in moving music forward every single day.
For this Challenge, we want you to highlight some of the songwriters, musicians, executives, and producers who have left their mark on music – and even on you. Enter this Challenge and share the biggest hits or most significant contributions by Black women in music! How did their career impact your views on music? On what level do their lives and decisions resonate with you? Does their presence in the music industry bring visibility to you and other important causes? Whether they’re responsible for your favorite record of all time or for shaping your career choices, share a story celebrating and honoring Black women in the music industry.
It’s hard to imagine what the world would sound like without their voices. ❤️
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 February 23, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Black Women in Music 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 Black Women in Music.
- 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.”