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First place: $1,000

Second place: $500

Third place: $250

Dates to know

May 29, 2020: Submissions open

June 4, 2020, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close

June 9, 2020: Winners announced


Let's take a moment to remember what we were doing just a couple of months back—even though it sure feels like an entire lifetime ago. As we scroll through our camera roll, all the way back to our last "normal" photo, pre-quarantine, we realize how different our lives are now compared to that snapshot. Whether that photo is a selfie you sent to a friend to show that you were "on your way!", or a photo of your last meal out, or even a photo of a party you attended, we want to see what your last moment of normalcy looked like. Tell us about this photo, and what you were doing, who you were with, and how it makes you feel now.

This week is all about that flashback moment that makes you smile. Enter this week's Challenge and join us in reliving the good times—a little reminder that this too shall pass.


We've said it before, and we'll say it again: when it comes to media, the more the merrier! Share that last normal photo but definitely don't hold back on adding any other images that remind you of that moment. You're also welcome to include a playlist that takes you back to the time when the photo was taken, or anything else that you think will give us a better understanding of what was going on.


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 June 4, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.

The Flashback 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 35 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 Flashback.
  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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