First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
June 12: Submissions open
June 18, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close
June 23: Winners announced
About this Challenge
Let’s continue listening, learning, and taking action. For this Challenge, we want our community to come together and help each other out by sharing resources that can help us all educate ourselves.
We want to know one book, article, or podcast that has taught you a particularly valuable lesson and that you'd recommend others turn to to help educate themselves as well. We’re talking about that one read or listen that really got you rethinking what you'd never questioned before. Let’s get deep into why you loved it and why you think everyone out there should include it in their list of tools to better themselves.
To make this collection of resources even more helpful, make it visual and easy for others to quickly access what you're recommending:
- Podcast: embed your podcast or the episode you learned the most from using our embed feature. You can lean more about embedding rich media here.
- Article: Link people to the article you read so they can read it too—you can also use the embed feature for this!
- Book: Suggest local bookstores, preferably Black-owned business, that your readers can go to. Alternatively, you can also link people to online sellers.
Stories must make mention of a podcast, book, article, or other piece of media in order to be eligible. Stories that do not reference any type of media will not be eligible.
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 18, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Lifelong Learnings 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
- Create your story on Vocal.
- When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Lifelong Learning.
- 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.”