Virtual Postcard

Virtual Postcard
This challenge has ended

Virtual Postcard

This challenge has ended


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

  1. Create your story on Vocal.
  2. When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Virtual Postcard.
  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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