Grand prize: $500
Second place: $250
Third place: $100
April 24: Submissions open
April 30, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close
May 6: Winners announced
Welcome to the very first Weekly Challenge! In an effort to connect with others in a time when doing so isn't always an option, we're letting music do what it does best: bring people together. We want to hear what you've been listening to during this time—whether it's a series of songs that remind you of home, songs you've found that help you stay focused while you WFH, or an album that makes you want to dance, there's always something you can play to make you feel a certain way. Enter the Quarantine Playlist Challenge by sharing your ideal isolation playlist. Embed it in a Vocal story and tell us more about your current soundtrack— have you rediscovered songs you'd forgotten about? Or are there any new songs that have quickly become your favorites? Whatever it is, we want to hear it! You've got one week to enter... GO!
We're looking for creators to share what they've been listening to during quarantine and how these songs have helped them cope. Here are some things to note:
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 April 30, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official rules for the Challenge can be found here.
For the Quarantine Playlist Challenge, entries must include a playlist embedded within your story. Entries that do not include a playlist as an embed will not be eligible to win. Here's what it should look like (featuring our most recent To the Beat playlist):
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.
When we launched Challenges one year ago today, we could never have anticipated the milestones we’d reach. What started off as a new way to encourage creativity and reward creators to think outside the box and participate in competitions across topics and interests, quickly evolved into so much more—thanks to you.
After my internship ended early from the coronavirus pandemic and freelance film industry jobs were left in shambles, I found myself with an overabundance of time and a lack of money. Fortunately, I remembered a little website called Vocal where I won a writing Challenge the year before.
Today we’re excited to introduce Challenges, a new way for creators to get inspired and join the rest of the Vocal community in some friendly competition. Starting this week, creators will be able to participate in various Challenges across a range of topics and interests for the chance to win cash prizes, experiences, and much more.