First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
October 16: Submissions open
October 22, 11:59 PM ET: Submissions closed
October 27: Winners announced
About this Challenge
This week’s Challenge brings two of our favorite things together: creative and creepy. We want you to showcase your photography skills (yes, photos taken on your iPhone are perfectly fine!) with a twist: we’re looking for images that chill us to the bone. Share your love for the spooky or paranormal through photographs and elaborate on the behind-the-lens story of where and when they were taken.
Was it an orb or just an error in developing? Is there something in the picture that wasn't there before? Maybe you just relied on a graveyard backdrop or abandoned building to set the tone. Enter the Cursed Images Challenge and share the intriguing photos you've captured with your camera that haunt you to this day. We want to see what can't be unseen – original images only, please! 📸
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 October 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Cursed Images 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 Cursed Images.
- 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.”