Less than a week left in the “Mother’s Day Confessions” Challenge at Vocal

The deadline is May 30. If you feel so inclined, enter today for a chance to win!

“I’m sorry, Mama… I never meant to hurt you… I never meant to make you cry…”

These Eminem lyrics inspired the title of my entry in Vocal’s “Mother’s Day Confessions” Challenge, “Cleaning Out My Closet.” In this personal essay,I come out as gay to her.

Writing competitions are key to gaining exposure for both emerging as well as established authors. The “Mother’s Day Confessions” Challenge encourages entrants to write either a nonfictional or fictional open letter between six hundred and five thousand words based on the prompt, “Hey, Mom. I never told you this before, but…”

The first-place winner walks away with two thousand five hundred dollars; second place, one thousand; and fifteen runners-up will receive fifty dollars each.

In the interest of full transparency, you do have to pay for a Vocal membership to participate in their challenges. Mine costs me ten dollars per month. But they do pay you three dollars and eighty cents for every thousand reads, and the audience who finds you through one of their communities can tip you directly.

If this sounds like a worthwhile investment for you, then I encourage you to visit vocal.media.

The debate over Rhys Ernst’s “Adam” (2019)

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Nicholas Alexander stars as the title character alongside Bobbi Salvör Menuez as his love interest, Gillian. (Image Courtesy: Vulture).

Rhys Ernst’s Adam (2019), an adaptation of Ariel Schrag’s 2014 novel about a straight, cis boy pretending to be a trans man so a young lesbian will date him, has garnered six thousand online petition signatures to boycott the film ahead of its August 14 release, according to Vulture. Ernst says the screenplay (also written by Schrag) is a departure from the book, and he took pains to reclaim the controversial source material for the transgender community. That being said, a number of trans and nonbinary extras have taken to Twitter to dispute the gender-nonconforming inclusivity and friendliness on set.