First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
December 11: Submissions open
December 17, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
December 22: Winners announced
About this Challenge
The decorations are up, department stores are flooded with holiday cheer, and the hustle and bustle of buying gifts for loved ones are next on our to-do list. However, we believe this year’s approach to gift-giving should be celebrated a little differently. For this Challenge, we want to continue with the holiday spirit––the holiday decorating, activities, and gifting, but make it more sustainable! Our traditional lifestyles have caused so much harm to our planet, and it’s time we invest in more viable options that protect mother nature.
So, we want you to create and share sustainable alternatives for traditional decor, gift-wrapping, holiday party favors, and of course, presents. Are you a seasoned secondhand shopper? Have you mastered the DIY-decor? Have you switched to fair-trade products or opted for small businesses over online shopping? Whatever you’re using or doing this year to make the holidays greener, we want to learn your tips and tricks! Join the Mindful Gifting Challenge and share the creative ways in which we can all make this holiday season better for our wallets, our loved ones, and especially the home we all share: our planet.
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 December 17, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Mindful Gifting 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 39 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 Mindful Gifting.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
Black Book of Rewards & Consequences
Once upon a time in a world filled with 3 types of people, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and westerns are no longer the first thing to come to mind. When reality and fantasy are no longer separate and you find yourself questioning your own sanity, this is where my story begins.
The Book on the Bench
It was just sitting there, alone on the bench's wooden slats, almost invisible in the grey November afternoon. I didn't even notice it until I sat down. I recognized it at once, of course; I have had so many of those little books tucked into pockets and bags over the years, with their smooth black covers and their snappy elastics, and the page-mark peeking out one end or another. I had come there to think, but suddenly all the greater issues were brushed away by the smaller. Who had left it? Did they know they had lost it? I jerked my head up and scanned the garden, looking for someone nearby, someone searching, anyone whom the notebook might belong to. But it was a cold day in the Tuileries when only a wandering and preoccupied soul would linger, and the few people there were only shapes in the distance.
Little black book
Once upon a time there was a magic black book and grandma carried it around with her everywhere she went… Her relatives thought she was crazy; her granddaughter was enthralled by the book and she couldn’t keep her mind off it because grandma said that one day when grandma died the book could go to Trudy.