Grand prize: $20,000
Second place: $5,000
Third place: $1,000
Plus, ten runner ups will receive a year of Vocal+ membership for free (a $120 value).
Dates to know
January 20, 2021: Submissions open
March 2, 2021 11:59pm EST: Submissions close
March 12, 2021: Winners announced
About this Challenge
We’re marking the one-year anniversary of Challenges on Vocal with something extra special. Over the past year, about 18,000 of you have participated in Vocal Challenges, and it’s incredible to see the impact the feature has had. So we’re celebrating with our biggest grand prize yet: a $20,000 grand prize, and a total of cash and prizes worth over $27,000.
It seems fitting, then, to have you daydream about all the possibilities that come along with a $20,000 prize. So, for this Challenge, we’d like you to create a fiction story about someone who unexpectedly comes into $20,000. Whether it involves a mysterious inheritance, a lotto win, or random circumstance, the details are entirely up to you—the only requirement is that at some point in your narrative, whether it’s a major plot point or a minor detail, your story must include a small black notebook.
We're partnering with Moleskine, our own trusted black notebook, for this Challenge. Their pages have inspired so many creators, fueling creativity and providing a way for creators to express themselves on extraordinary journeys. Together, we can't wait to see what you create!
For your story to be eligible, it must be between 600 and 2,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until March 2, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here. Our judges will be looking for submissions that are creative, original, well written, and consistent with Moleskine's brand.
The Little Black Book 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 Little Black Book.
- 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.”