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Announcing the Ship of Dreams Titanic Challenge Winners and Runners-Up
Congratulations to Harmony Kent, author of “Lifeboat Seven” and to Ryan Smith, author of “No Man’s Land” — both worthy winners of our Ship of Dreams Challenge here on Vocal.
The Moment of Freedom: A Collection of Stories
In peace, continue your art; in war, continue your art; in freedom, continue your art; in captivity, continue your art! -Mehmet Murat ildan
From Across the Room Poetry Challenge Winners
From across the room (or rather, the screen), the Vocal Team fell head over heels in love with nearly 3,500 poems submitted to the Vocal+ “From Across The Room" Challenge. Inspired by the idea of love at first sight, the Vocal creative community once again delivered with heart and soul. After a month and a half of reading love poems, and with final judging by Kirun Kapur, esteemed editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal and creative writing professor at Amherst College, we are thrilled to announce our winners.
Announcing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards Challenge WINNERS
February 25, 2022. We've had this date circled on our calendar for a long time. Leading up to this date, we've read more than 13,000 stories submitted to the Vocal+ Fiction Awards. We've had more than 13,000 meetings (not really, but it feels like it) to narrow that list down to 1,025 incredible finalists. Our team of curators and Judges, led by Vocal's Lead Editorial Innovator and our Content Specialists, have been reading, re-reading, and carefully considering all of these finalists.
Meet the Vocal Challenge Judges
Since the launch of Challenges on January 21st, 2020, Vocal Creators from around the world have enjoyed over 125 opportunities (and counting) to turn their creativity into cash, rewards, and prestige. Through stories involving little black books, night owls, dystopian societies, and even just life as we know it, we've become extremely close with the ever-growing creative community on Vocal.
Announcing the Return of the Night Owl Challenge Winners and Runners-Up
The Vocal Curation Team is excited to announce the winners and runners-up for the Return of the Night Owl Vocal+ Challenge. As a reminder, the Grand Prize for this Challenge is $20,000. The Second Place prize is $5,000, and 100 Runners-Up will win $50 each.
Interview with Eugena Oh: Judge of the ‘We Have a Dream’ Vocal+ Challenge
In a society stunted by intergenerational poverty, Eugena Oh and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation are leveling the field by offering holistic, individualized support for disadvantaged youths and families across the globe. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the nonprofit empowers children (“Dreamers”) in under-resourced communities to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postsecondary school, along with tuition support to aid in removing financial barriers.
Announcing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards Finalists
Three months ago, Vocal launched its most epic Challenge to date: The Vocal+ Fiction Awards. As a recap, here's what our head Judge and Vocal's Lead Editorial Innovator, author and former Booker Prize judge Erica Wagner, had to say about this Challenge:
Introducing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards
Since the launch of Challenges nearly two years ago, our mission has remained consistent: inspire great stories and put money directly into the hands of our most unique, innovative creators. Now, we're celebrating two huge milestones simultaneously. As of this week, over 100,000 stories have been entered into Challenges, and we have given away over $500,000 directly to our creators. That's one hundred thousand ways to inspire, and a half a million reasons to celebrate your creativity.
How the Vocal Team Selects Challenge Winners
This bit of clarification has been a long time coming now. The Little Black Book Challenge closed around the middle of March of 2021, and it proved so much larger than we ever could have anticipated. I decided right then, as soon as it really hit us just how huge the impact of that Challenge had been, that it was time to offer more information and transparency about how Challenges actually operate. We knew that we had more new creators coming on board than we had ever seen at once, and we knew that with a prize that large, the stakes were a lot higher. It was time for an update.
Introducing SFS: The Summer Fiction Series
Welcome to Vocal's Summer Fiction Series! We're giving away $6,500 weekly for short fiction Challenges running now through August 31st, and we're inviting you to be a part of it.
Vocal and Moleskine's True Colors Challenge Winners
This month, we teamed up once again with our partners at Moleskine for a special Challenge. We asked you all to share poetry about something that makes you unique, inspired by color. In just two weeks, you all submitted over 8,600 poems—over doubling the previous record of Challenge submissions per day.