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.
Grand prize: $5,000
Second place: $2,500
Third place: $1,000
February 27: Submissions open
April 16, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions close
April 24: Winners announced
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.
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.
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
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.