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Unpopular Opinion

Unpopular Opinion
Screen Shot

Unpopular Opinion

Whether it’s that pie is better than cake or that sandals are meant to be worn with socks, we all have something we feel particularly strongly about—and that others feel strongly against. We've partnered with Screen Shot to hear you make a case for your most unpopular opinion.

Prizes

Grand prize: $2,500 + your winning entry published in Screen Shot’s summer 2020 print issue

Second place: $1,000 + your winning entry shared in Screen Shot’s digital newsletter

Third place: $500 + your winning entry shared in Screen Shot’s digital newsletter

Dates to know

February 24: Submissions open

March 26, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close

April 3: Winners announced

How to enter

Get creative and share your unpopular opinion—learn how to create a story here.

When submitting your story for review, select “Submit to a Challenge” and select “Unpopular Opinion.”

When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.

BONUS: share it on your social and tag us (@vocal_creators) and our sponsor Screen Shot (@screenshotmagazine) so we don’t miss it! Encourage your friends and fans to read it and give it a like on Vocal—it could give your story a leg up in judging.

About this Challenge

We’ve partnered with Screen Shot to bring you the Unpopular Opinion Challenge. We know there’s something you’re always holding in because you know how hard you’ll be judged by friends and strangers alike. It’s time to finally get it off your chest: Your most unpopular opinion.

Pink Starbursts are objectively the worst flavor? Winter > summer? Kiwi should be consumed with the skin on? Avocado toast is so 2018? The Beatles were just okay...

Whatever it might be, we want you to share why you feel so strongly about your unpopular opinion. Get creative to make your case, and tell us how others have reacted in the past.

We’ll be looking for entries that are convincing, and that make us (and our amazing panel of guest judges!) laugh.

Enter the Unpopular Opinion Challenge for a chance to win prizes of $500, $1,000, or $2,500. Plus, a feature in Screen Shot’s digital newsletter for the runner ups, and the grand prize winner will be published in Screen Shot’s summer 2020 print issue.

Judges

Nassia Matsia writes about culture and tech with published work in Financial Times, Wired and Screen Shot among others. She is also a model, having modelled for the likes of Prada, Dazed and Marine Serre. Currently, she creates stories for the social channels of Vogue.

Kate Knibbs is a Senior Writer at Wired, covering culture, the internet, and media. She is originally from Chicago and now lives in Brooklyn.

Róisín Lanigan is a London-based writer and editor originally from Belfast. She is Junior Editor at i-D and has written for VICE, New Statesman, The Atlantic and The Outline, among others.

Rajul Punjabi is a New York and New Orleans based journalist and educator. She is currently the Senior Editor at Mic and has written for The New York Daily News, the Atlantic, Playboy and others.

Alma Fabiani is the Managing Editor at Screen Shot and previously specialized in fashion journalism. After creating the fashion magazine Égout, she focused her writing on tech, culture and current affairs.

Requirements

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 March 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration.

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 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.

Read the Official Rules for more information.

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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 Unpopular Opinion.
  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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