First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
October 30: Submissions open
November 5, 11:59 PM ET: Submissions closed
November 10: Winners announced
About this Challenge
Ever wonder what your pets are up to while you're not home? This week's Challenge focuses on our furry friends and imagining what they do when we're not around. Create a story about what you think you might see if you had a hidden camera installed to spy on your pets left all alone.
This could be completely fictitious, or a totally true story! Are they all-day nappers, or do they prance around the house searching for things to get into until you return, or do they sneak out and go on a grand adventure with the neighborhood strays? Enter the Pet Cam Challenge and share what kind of shenanigans your pets could possibly get into when left to themselves! 🐈 🐕
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 November 5, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Pet Cam 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 Pet Cam.
- 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.