Cursed Images

Cursed Images
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Cursed Images

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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

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

  1. Create your story on Vocal.
  2. When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Cursed Images.
  3. When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.

Submit an existing story:

If you have an existing story you would like to enter to this contest you can do so here:
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