Share Your Ideas to Shape the Future of Vocal Challenges

We'll turn your great idea into our next Challenge prompt

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 1 min read

As a community-driven platform, we love getting creators involved in the process of creating awesome content. One of the ways we do that is through our Challenges. Challenges are an excellent way for creators to flex their creative muscles, develop their writing skills, and engage with their audience through different writing forms.

We want to keep Challenges fresh and exciting, and we know that the best ideas come from you. That's why we're inviting you to share your Challenge ideas in the comments section of this resource. We deeply value your ideas and suggestions. If we choose your Challenge idea, we'll send you a bonus as a thank you for your creativity and input.

We also are going to be testing a few things over the next few weeks, including free Challenges for non-Vocal+ members. Think daily writing prompts with smaller cash prizes.

So put on your thinking hats and share what you believe would make a compelling Challenge in the comments below. And don't worry, we'll keep this resource open and check it regularly for new ideas. Even if you don't have an idea right now, come back and share your thoughts later. We're always on the lookout for new and captivating Challenge ideas to keep our community engaged, and we can't wait to see what you come up with.


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  • Breezy3 days ago

    Atlantis Found! The story should tell about the breaking of some very exciting news - some lost artifact or piece of ancient civilization has been found. What historical mystery has been solved? Will it change the course of life going forward?

  • A challenge where you write a science fiction story about humanity from an alien perspective! This story should either not include humans directly, or at least it must be told from the perspective of a non-human character/society

  • Breezy13 days ago

    I hope I’m not barking up the wrong tree, but you could ask writers to write a story inspired by a popular idiom. Or writers have to compose a story has with 2-4 idioms cleverly contained within.

  • Breezy15 days ago

    Write an anti-Hallmark movie In a hallmark movie: - Person A comes from the big city to a small town. Meets person B. - The goal is to save a landmark/ mom&pop shop or Bring in a big bad business from the city - Through small town community bonding/hijinks, things are saved or big bad business is repulsed and Person A and B fall in love. How do you write a story to tell the opposite of this formula? - city people fall in love - big bad business wins - landmark isn’t saved, etc. (Think of movie: You’ve Got Mail)

  • Alexander McEvoy28 days ago

    Fiction: Write the first chapter of a new post-apocalyptic novel. I'm thinking of this as having a word count of roughly 4,000 to give use enough room to really play with it. And the apocalypse can be just about anything, though I would prefer if people demonstrated world-building so that we don't just put stories into pre-existing worlds

  • Obsidian Wordsabout a month ago

    Poets: An exchange or A conversation that is a poem. Perhaps each alternate line is from differing perspectives.

  • Obsidian Wordsabout a month ago

    Fiction or Fantasy: A coming of age story where the character experiences a drastic change. E.g. coming into power, a physical transformation ECT.

  • Alexander McEvoyabout a month ago

    A challenge for the fiction community about a new society or country in a post-apocalyptic world. I think that would be a fun challenge

  • Alexander McEvoyabout a month ago

    What about a challenge that involves a talking animal? Maybe give us 3,000 words to tell that story.

  • Anna about a month ago

    Plant "friend": Have you ever had a plant "friend"? Have you ever talked to your flower or cacti? Write a poem about what you said or what you'd say to your plant if you could talk to them. (It could be happy or even sad)

  • Alison McBainabout a month ago

    Okay, I've got more. :) - How about a cross-genre challenge? So, writers have to pick 2 genres to create their story, such as a murder mystery in space. - A dialogue-only story (no narrative). - A story inspired by a joke (the writer starts their entry with the joke, then write a story that fits the theme/ideas of the joke).

  • Alison McBainabout a month ago

    Oh, this is great! I have several ideas. - How about a word choice challenge? So, writers get a list of ~20 unusual words and have to use at least half of them to compose their story or poem. - An ekphrastic challenge would also be great. Vocal staff could choose an image and writers could compose a poem or story to explain what's in the image. Or it could be 3 images to allow some choice, and writers have to choose one image to write about. - Another fun one might be a title challenge, where Vocal would present the title of the piece (or, say, 3 titles for writers to choose from) and writers have to create a story or poem to fit the title.

  • Kay Husnick2 months ago

    Considering how prices have been increasing, I think it would be interesting to see a challenge for the Lifehack community focused on how people are budgeting/saving money on food. Not only would it be cool to see a challenge for that community for a change, but it would be a really great way for everyone on Vocal to support each other and share advice.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    So I kinda already put this forward as an unofficial challenge that I am running, and also sent a message to you guys about remixing an existing poem. Details can be found here -

  • Christy Munson3 months ago

    I envision a Challenge that speaks to items in a pocket. Which items, how they got there, why they are still there, what the items mean or do not mean and to whom (and when), and even which pocket. Is the holder of the items and or owner of the pocket even witting of the items being there? I'd limit entries to 2,000 words. I imagine it being a Fiction or Poets submission, but I would defer to Vocal to determine best fit.

  • Anna 3 months ago

    I have another idea too: take your favourite line from a song, and make it to the first line of a poem, and continue the poem in the same style.

  • Anna 3 months ago

    I'd love to see a poetry challenge, when we have to hide a message in the poem. It could be a word from letters or a moral sentence from bold words. It would be similar to the inverse challenge, because in one poem there would be two meanings hidden...

  • KA Stefana 3 months ago

    Share your favorite recipe with a touch of comedy, describing to the reader the mistakes you made along the way the first time you made it.

  • Stephanie Hoogstad3 months ago

    Disregard if this has been offered before, but since we had a challenge based on a snowy day, why not do one based on a spring day? Maybe a poem-based challenge for a spring day? I think we could all use something to warm us up right about now.

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    Hi VCT! My idea is to put one's self in another country and look at how their lifestyle choices, diet, and general world as it is NOW would change. It may/should take some digging, research and I believe it has the potential to be uniting as we have writer's from all over the globe, ( okay, a few from Mars, but you get my drift). How you would work it as a challenge is of course your expertise; I just would love to read how some privileged and NON-privileged humans would navigate in their new territory. Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts:) ROCK

  • Yeshiwas Ayenew3 months ago

    Wow Good

  • Rich Burton3 months ago

    Write in the POV of the second male lead who doesn’t get the girl

  • Leo Dis Vinci3 months ago

    Some Ideas 1) It's an Olympic year. Write a story inspired by the Olympic Motto - Faster, Higher Stonger- Together 2) A challenge about favourite childhood toy 3) Something like 60% of the world goes to the elections this year. Write a fictional story inspired by an election OR what would you do if you were President or leader of your country 4) Cats - People love cats. Let's have a challenge dedicated to them 5) A challenge around recurring dreams or nightmares

  • Rebecca Morton3 months ago

    Write a fiction story that takes place on a boat. It can be as small as a rowboat or as big as a cruise ship or aircraft carrier. The story must end with a crucial character somehow going overboard.

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