Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire
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Women Who Inspire

This challenge has ended

March is Women’s History Month so we’re celebrating all the incredible women in our lives. Tell us about a woman who inspires you, who motivates you, someone who you look up to or have learned something valuable from. Whether it’s your mom, sister, school teacher, an entrepreneur you admire, or an activist you support, we want you to share the impact they’ve had in your life and how they continue to inspire you.

Prizes

Grand prize: $5,000

Second place: $2,500

Third place: $1,000

Dates to know

February 27: Submissions open

April 16, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close

April 24: Winners announced

How to enter

Get creative and tell us about the influential woman in your life—here’s how to create a story.

When submitting your story for review, select “Submit to a Challenge” and select “Women Who Inspire.”

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) 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

There are countless women in your life who’ve made you who you are. Whether it’s a family member, close friend, celebrity, founder, or historical figure you look up to, choose a woman who shaped you—inspired you to create, inspired you in a career path, or just inspired you to be a better person.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re asking you to tell us about the pivotal female figure in your life and how they’ve influenced you today. Create a story that celebrates her; tell us a bit about her background, your relationship, what you admire most about her, and how you’re a different person today because of her.

Vocal+ members can enter the Women Who Inspire Challenge for a chance to win prizes of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.

Judges

Diana Kris Navarro - Mentor at Girls Who Code

Diana Kris Navarro is a 24 year old Filipina engineer. She was part of the first class of Girls Who Code in 2012 and has since worked at Gilt Groupe, Qualcomm, Adobe, and Tumblr. Recently she was featured on the front page of New Jersey’s Star Ledger in “8 N.J. women whose fearless stories you should know for International Women’s Day.” Last year, she accepted the Webby Award for Girls Who Code's #Sisterhood campaign after being featured in their digital visual album for Day of the Girl. While working with Girls Who Code, Diana has also worked with the non-profit organization hackNY. While she's not coding she's taking improv classes at UCB and Magnet Theater in NYC. More info at dianakris.com

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 April 16, 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.

Find the Official Rules for this Challenge here.

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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 Women Who Inspire.
  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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Challenge Resources

  • Justin Maury
    Published 4 months ago
    Introducing Challenges

    Introducing Challenges

    Today we’re excited to introduce Challenges, a new way for creators to get inspired and join the rest of the Vocal community in some friendly competition. Starting this week, creators will be able to participate in various Challenges across a range of topics and interests for the chance to win cash prizes, experiences, and much more.
  • Justin Maury
    Published 4 months ago
    How Challenges Are Judged

    How Challenges Are Judged

    There’s no one right way to tell a story. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, and we want to see what yours looks like. Challenges are meant to inspire this creativity, and we want to see you tell a story that’s unique and authentic to you—but there are just a few things we look for across the board to be sure we’re judging every entry consistently and fairly.
  • Justin Maury
    Published 4 months ago
    Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions

    Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I submit a new entry to a Challenge?