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Stories That Defy

How it Works

All You Have To Do Is Enter

Stand Up, Be Heard

Learn more about how to enter the Stories That Defy Contest below.

If you’re ready to follow your own path, submit your story by clicking the ENTER NOW button below. We look forward to hearing your story. Good Luck!
Tell us your story and why you deserve to win!
Step 1
Fill out the entry submission form for the Stories That Defy Contest with a video about your passion/idea/career and how the prize money would help you take the next step in carving your own path. (Fill out the entry form.)
Tell us your story and why you deserve to win!
Confirmation and next steps!
Step 2
Once you have submitted your entry, and it has been approved, your submission will be live on our site! Look for an email from confirming your entry and information on when voting begins. Make sure to follow @montejo on Instagram for latest updates!
Confirmation and next steps!
Share your story with the world!
Step 3
On August 5, voting begins. Post the custom url (given to you in your confirmation email) and share on your social media accounts, in your Instagram bio and everywhere you can, telling your friends and family that you have entered to have your idea brought to life and that you will need their votes to win!
Share your story with the world!
Watch the leaderboard!
Step 4
Submissions with the most votes will be displayed. The 7 contestants with the most votes will move on to the next step, so be sure to keep encouraging your family and friends to vote for your submission! Randomly selected submissions will be featured on Montejo’s Instagram feed. (Please note: Voting is open to one submission per day.)
Watch the leaderboard!
Check your email!
Step 5
If your submission secures one of the top spots on the leaderboard and has the most votes by the end of the voting period, you will be notified via email that you may be eligible to compete in the finale. Upon approval of your entry, you will present your story and idea during our live event on September 30th. (Please note: All finalists must undergo a background check prior to finalizing their position as a finalist.)
Check your email!
Prepare your pitch and attend the virtual LIVE event!
Step 6
Qualified finalists must prepare to share their story and idea with our judges during the LIVE event. This is your chance to persuade the judges that your idea is the most deserving of the $10,000 GRAND PRIZE. Even if you are not selected and announced as a finalist, you should still prepare as though you are, because there is a chance that you will be announced LIVE during the event as the Wild Card pick.
Prepare your pitch and attend the virtual LIVE event!

Frequently Asked Questions


General Disclaimer: Be sure to carefully type in your information when registering to vote to avoid any typos with your email address. Keep your login information in a secure location for reference for future voting.

Yes. Voters must register with a valid email address and confirm before voting. You may submit a new vote every 16 hours or 960 minutes.

The acceptable file formats are .MOV and MP4. They must be no more than 250MB in size.

Clear the history from your internet browser and reload the contest website page. Register to vote with a valid email address and confirm before voting.

You must login before you go to vote. The menu will say “ LOGOUT   MY ACCOUNT ” in the upper left corner when you are logged in. If the menu reads “ LOGIN   REGISTER ” then you will still need to log in to vote.

Be sure to check all folders in your email. It may have gone to your spam folder. If you have a gmail address, check the All Mail folder. If you still are not receiving emails then you may need to add to your contacts. To resend the activation link, CLICK HERE.

Due to a high volume of voter registrations, the website may experience technical difficulties. If it is freezing, try waiting a few minutes and coming back to the site to register.

After you register to vote, you will receive an email confirmation. Please be sure to confirm your email address before proceeding to vote.

Check your email folders to find the confirmation email that was sent to you after registering. You will need to confirm your email address and be sure that you are using the correct chosen password when trying to log in.

For password recovery, CLICK HERE.

To resend the activation link, CLICK HERE.

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