Grand Prize: $10,000
Second place: $2,500
Third place: $1,000
Plus, five runner-ups will receive one year of Vocal+ free.
Dates to know
Feb. 23: Submissions open
March 30, 11:59pm EST: Submissions close
April 9: Winners announced
About this Challenge
If you're anything like us, you base your own entertainment choices on recommendations from people you trust. Sometimes that means turning to an outlet like our partner Decider for those recommendations, but for this Challenge, we're hoping you'll help out one another.
Share the perfect formula to help viewers like you decide what to watch next by taking a show or movie that most people know and love, and making your recommendations for fellow fans from there. If your favorite movie is Goodfellas, then the show you should check out is definitely Peaky Blinders. If you can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice, then Bridgerton is the show for you. If you love the original Dune, add Snowpiercer to your watch list. Enter the If This, Then That Challenge by sharing your own recommendations based on the shows and movies you love, and give guidance to help others discover their new favorites.
Lea Palmieri is a host, writer, producer, and the current Director of Creative Strategy at Decider, and she sure does love a good story — especially a good love story.
Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist. He is a regular contributor for Decider, as well as the author of "Made Men: The Story of 'Goodfellas'."
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 March 30, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The If This, Then That 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 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 If This, Then That.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
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