Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Fresh Start


First place: $2,500

Second place: $1,000

Third place: $500

Dates to know

January 7: Submissions open

February 2, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed

February 5: Winners announced

About this Challenge

As we enter the New Year, we're all longing for a fresh start and an opportunity to grow. We've put 2020 behind us and it's time to reflect on what we want to accomplish moving forward, and how we want to make it happen. Being mindful of what we do and consume to feel good is the first step!

Join us this month in reflecting on ways we can better ourselves starting with a clean slate. What resolutions are you hoping to stick to this year for a healthier lifestyle? For this Challenge, tell us how you're doing this, whether you're participating in Dry January or letting go of sedentary habits, we're here to show our support with your wellness goals this year!


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 2, 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

  1. Create your story on Vocal.
  2. When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Fresh Start.
  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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