Mother's Day Confessions
Write a letter to your mom and confess something you’ve never shared before.
About this challenge
"Hey Mom. I never told you this before, but...”
May 8 is Mother’s Day. There are so many different ways to view motherhood: biological moms, adopted moms, chosen moms, foster moms, dog moms, the list goes on. In celebration of Mother’s Day, and because we love our Confessions community, we’re launching the Mother’s Day Confessions Challenge to open up about all the stressful, hilarious tribulations of motherhood—whatever that looks like to you.
For this Challenge, we want you to write an open letter to your mom and confess something you've never shared before. What’s the secret you’ve been waiting to tell your mother? Do you have a tattoo you’ve kept under wraps for the last 10 years? Are you secretly responsible for that mysterious blue-green stain on the carpet? If you don’t have a strong relationship with your mom, or you don’t have a secret you'd like to share, you’re welcome to submit a work of fiction as well! All stories are acceptable, as long as they're filled with juicy secrets—the ones you said you'd never tell your mom. Well, here's your chance.
We’re so excited about this Challenge. Come on, spill the 🫖!
Vee Rivera is a powerhouse example of a working mother; she has two kids, owns and operates three small businesses, hosts a podcast, and shares relatable content with her loyal following on Instagram and TikTok. She values family, friendships, and supporting other female entrepreneurs and working mothers, which she discusses on her podcast Baby Mamas No Drama.
Britni Church and her family, known as Our Large Family Life, are a household of 14 living in Kansas. Britni uses her vlogs to share her unique and compelling experiences of single motherhood, past hardships, and parenting 12 children (including triplets) with her husband, Chris. With 12 children, Britni knows a thing or two about parenting, making her the perfect addition to this judging panel.
Emily Meagher is a mother of three and uses her social media platforms to spread positivity, love, and encouragement to families all over the world. Her oldest daughter, Abigail, was born with cerebral palsy. Although Abigail has CP, Emily wants to show that her daughter lives life just like anyone else. Emily is a veteran content creator who knows how to tell a good story, so she'll be looking for engaging submissions in her role as a Challenge judge!
How to enter
For your story to be eligible, it should be between 600 and 5,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until May 31, 2022, 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 runner's-up 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.
*Note from the Vocal Team: A previous version of this page incorrectly listed the Mother's Day Confessions Challenge as a Vocal+ Exclusive Challenge.
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