First place: $500
Second place: $250
Third place: $100
Dates to know
May 1: Submissions open
May 7, 11:59pm EST: Submissions close
May 12: Winners announced
We may all be stuck in place right now, but we can still take a digital dream vacation! Use the Unsplash featured image option to find a postcard-worthy photo of the destination you’ve been dreaming of while sheltering in place. Describe the vacation you’d love to take—what you’d eat, what you’d do, who you’d travel with, and why this particular destination is where you’re itching to go.
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 May 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration.
For the Virtual Postcard Challenge, entries must use the Unsplash image feature for the main image in your story, at minimum (we encourage you to use Unsplash images throughout your story, too!). Entries that do not include an image using the Unsplash embed feature will not be eligible to win.
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.
Find the Official Rules for this Challenge here.
How to enter
- Create your story on Vocal.
- When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Virtual Postcard.
- 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.”