First place: $2,500 + $100 Gift Card
Second place: $1,000 + $100 Gift Card
Third place: $500 + $100 Gift Card
Gift Cards can be used to purchase Bright Cellars wines, but not required.
Dates to know
October 30: Submissions open
December 10, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
December 15: Winners announced
About this Challenge
We strongly believe that two is better than one—at least when it comes to good food and drinks. While we all have our personal preferences, we’re curious to hear some of your most creative (and surprisingly good) food pairings—especially when it comes to the holidays! Whether it’s a classic cheese and wine duo, or a more timely take on this classic, such as a slice of pumpkin pie with a chilled glass of white wine, we want to hear why you deem this pairing the ultimate match made in heaven.
We’ve partnered with Bright Cellars for this Challenge. Bright Cellars' mission is all about offering a personalized experience, so we want this Challenge to reflect a pairing unique to you! Tell us what makes it your go-to, when was the first time you came across this duo, and anything else that could help us understand why this particular pairing, as simple or as crazy as it may be, will be a must for you during this holiday season. Of course, feel free to browse Bright Cellars' stellar wine selection for some inspiration!
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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 10, 2020, 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 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. Bright Cellars is only able to operate in the continental U.S. Additionally, Bright Cellars is unable to ship to Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, Mississippi, Kentucky, Michigan, and Delaware.
How to enter
- Create your story on Vocal.
- When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select The Perfect Pairing.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
The Mysterious Case of Dr. William Packman
An air of indescribable darkness prevailed in the Packmans’ home on the morning of February 5th, 1956. Martha Packman had never before heard her mother, Victoria, utter as earth-shattering a scream as she did then.
The Wrong Heist
It was a lot of money. Like, bundles of it. Mainly fifties and hundreds, all neatly bound with paper wrappers, and I was pretty stunned.
The Secrets of the Black Book
“Hey welcome! I’m glad you could make it! Come in, come in, have a seat! Whew, it’s freezing out there! I can’t believe how much snow has fallen, since we last spoke an hour ago, but I’m glad you made it through this snowstorm, safe and sound. Make yourself comfortable. I’ll take your coat, grab the black book out of the study, and then we can get started. You may have a seat by the fireplace, if you’d like, to warm yourself up! I just put some fresh logs on the fire, so that should last us a few hours. Alright, let me go hang up your coat, grab the book, and I’ll be right back.”