Spooky Shorts

Spooky Shorts
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Spooky Shorts

This challenge has ended

Prizes

First place: $1,000

Second place: $500

Third place: $250

Dates to know

October 9: Submissions open

October 15, 11:59 PM ET: Submissions closed

October 20: Winners announced

About this Challenge

We're giving "ghostwriter" a whole new meaning with this week's challenge: Compose a creative horror story, fiction or creative nonfiction, no longer than 2,000 words. You can take the story in any direction you'd like—the only element of your tale we require is that you include a candle in a window at some point in your narrative. Whether it's an integral element to your story or just a brief detail, it's the only requirement your story must include. 🕯️

Enter the Spooky Shorts Challenge and get those creaky, cobwebby, creative wheels turning. We can't wait to be spooked senseless.

Requirements

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 October 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.

The Spooky Shorts 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 35 countries will not be eligible to win.

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How to enter

  1. Create your story on Vocal.
  2. When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Spooky Shorts.
  3. When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.

Submit an existing story:

If you have an existing story you would like to enter to this contest you can do so here:
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Challenge Resources

  • Justin Maury
    Published 9 months ago
    Introducing Challenges

    Introducing Challenges

    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.
  • Justin Maury
    Published 9 months ago
    How Challenges Are Judged

    How Challenges Are Judged

    There’s no one right way to tell a story. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, and we want to see what yours looks like. Challenges are meant to inspire this creativity, and we want to see you tell a story that’s unique and authentic to you—but there are just a few things we look for across the board to be sure we’re judging every entry consistently and fairly.
  • Justin Maury
    Published 9 months ago
    Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions

    Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I submit a new entry to a Challenge? You can submit an entry to a Challenge right from the Challenge page. Just click the “Create a story” button—then, when you’re ready to submit your entry for review, just choose the Challenge you’d like to enter from the drop down Challenge menu, and complete the submission.