Trick or Treats

Trick or Treats
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Trick or Treats

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First place: $1,000

Second place: $500

Third place: $250

Dates to know

October 23: Submissions open

October 29, 11:59 PM ET: Submissions closed

November 3: Winners announced

About this Challenge

No tricks but all the treats, please! Whether you want to satisfy your sweet tooth or break out the crockpot, we're curious what fall favorite dishes and desserts you revisit every year as the leaves start to change. What do you always make on that first cold night of fall? What's your go-to tailgate snack? Are you a pumpkin-spice-everything type of person, or is cheesy and herby more your thing?

Enter the Trick or Treats Challenge by sharing a recipe, sweet or savory, that gives you comfort as the air gets chilly. Don't forget to include all the yummy ingredients, fun memories attached, or details about what makes this such a special treat this time of year. We can't wait to see what you can create in the kitchen!


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 October 29, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.

The Trick or Treats Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. To learn more and upgrade to Vocal+ visit

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

  1. Create your story on Vocal.
  2. When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Trick or Treats.
  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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