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Munson's Microfiction: My Tears Need A Minute

[Unofficial Challenge Closing 31 May 2024]

By Christy MunsonPublished 2 months ago Updated about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - May 2024
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A New Unofficial Challenge Has Arrived 🥳

I'm thrilled to announce my first unofficial challenge sponsorship via Vocal! As of yesterday, 2 May 2024, my Vocal catalogue proudly contains 150 pieces. For me, that's an unimaginable milestone. I've penned 118 pieces since 7 February 2024, and in large part other Vocal writers have encouraged and supported me into posting all sorts of writing, from poetry to horror to fae tales to confessions. The ride so far has been breathtaking!

This year I've participated in wonderful unofficial challenges sponsored by other Vocal writers. The prompts have been inspiring, fun, creative, and all around delightful, and have contributed to my productivity. Now's my turn to pay it forward with my first unofficial challenge offered to you, my lovelies!

May the best microfiction win!



Munson's Microfiction Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a microfiction in which the following two lines are featured:

"My tears need a minute to find the edges of my face. If you'll please excuse me."

This unofficial challenge deserves a shout-out to the brilliant Lacy Loar-Gruenler, who wrote "The Girl Who Loved Them Both," which earned Runner-Up in Vocal's, Father's Footprint Challenge.

My visceral Comment to that story begins: "Okay, my tears need a minute to find the edges of my face. If you'll please excuse me."

Lacy kindly replied that these words deserved to be quoted in a story. I agree, and I sincerely hope you agree, too! ❤️



  1. No more than two microfiction entries per person will be considered. If you enter more than two, the first two I receive from you will be taken as your entries. The others I'll read, after the challenge closes.
  2. As with any challenge, participation is key. Will fellow Vocal writers rise to the challenge? Hope so! If fewer than eight entries in total are submitted, I respectfully reserve the right award First Place only.
  3. Your entry must be a microfiction. Poems will not be considered for this challenge. Sorry. I love poems too. Maybe for a future challenge? Let's see how this one goes.
  4. You must feature these two lines in your microfiction, exactly as written: "My tears need a minute to find the edges of my face. If you'll please excuse me." The two sentences may appear anywhere in your microfiction (e.g., first lines, last lines, anywhere in the middle), but you must use them as written. You may not switch the order of the sentences.
  5. Your microfiction must be between 500 and 800 words in length. The mandatory prompt's two sentences may, but do not have to, qualify toward your final word count.
  6. Link back to this announcement in an Author's Note in your entry.
  7. Stipulate Munson's Microfiction in your subtitle.
  8. Your entry must be newly posted to Vocal, as opposed to being pulled from content already in your Vocal collection.
  9. Entries must be posted in the Fiction community.
  10. You must provide a link to your entry in the Comments to this unofficial challenge announcement.
  11. Only entries that correctly follow these rules will be considered for a prize.

Entries will be accepted from the time this challenge is publicly posted via Vocal until 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 31, 2024. Winners of the challenge will be announced on, or before, June 14 2024.



Winners will be chosen by me, at my sole discretion. Prizes will be distributed on Vocal as Tips. Winners will be determined by content and quality. In order to be eligible to win and receive payment, you MUST have tipping enabled. The awards amounts will be provided as Tips as follows:

❤️ 1st Place: $30.00

❤️ 2nd Place: $20.00

❤️ 3rd Place: $10.00

❤️ Honorable Mention: $5.00


Once entries are submitted via Comments to this Unofficial Challenge Announcement, I'll post them to this thread. If you'd like be kept abreast of all the the entries, simply ❤️ this post and or "subscribe" to me (Christy Munson).

Questions or feedback? Let me know in Comments. Good luck!

- Christy


My example microfictions are provided as inspiration and a splash of adventure/horror. Naturally, my entries are ineligible for the prizes. Hope you enjoy reading them!



John Cox — "The day I saw the light leave your eyes"

shrey - Cursed

Gerard DiLeo - Plainer in a Plane Lane

Andrea Corwin - Tears at the Cooling

Mike Singleton - Mikeydred - What's Cooking

Anna - I'm sorry

D.K. Shepard - The Flamingo Lounge

Matthew Fromm - Operation Dragon

Kayleigh Fraser - Convention

Everyday Junglist - These Days It Was an Everyday Occurrence

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden - Sunday Kind Of Love

Paul Stewart - Everyone Does It

L.C. Schäfer - For Crows

Sarah Wilcox - Forgotten Forest

Sonia Heidi Unruh - Shooting Guernica


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Unofficial Challenge Winners:

Homecoming | Ask Me in December | Story of Humanity | Strangely Art

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Comments (48)

  • Joe O’Connorabout a month ago

    Excellent idea for a challenge Christy, and unfortunately I didn’t have the time to get in for this one! I’ll be interested to see how people used your prompt- it’s specific enough to send writers down a certain path, but I wonder how they will fit their story around it:)

  • Christy Munson (Author)about a month ago

    Hello, everyone! In case you haven't seen it, the winners have been announced. Read all about it here:

  • Christy Munson (Author)about a month ago

    Wow, wow, wow. That's a wrap! The window for submissions is now closed. I'll be posting a story announcing the winners between 1 and 14 June 2024, so be on the lookout. Best of luck to all the entries. You DID NOT make it easy for me. Thank you for participating.

  • Sonia Heidi Unruhabout a month ago

    Squeeeeeak! Posted at 11:59!!

  • Sarah Wilcox2 months ago

    Excited your first sponsored challenge is also my first ever challenge entry!

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  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Close close close to the deadline but got there.

  • This looks excellent fun! I only just saw it on D.K. Shepard’s story. Not sure if I’ll dream up something in time… nice lot of entries!

  • This was a great challenge, I adore the required is my attempt at not rhyming, lol

  • Everyday Junglist2 months ago

    Thank you for the challenge. Very much enjoyed it.

  • Hi everyone! I'm delighted to confirm that we have nine entries (so far), which means that all prizes on offer will be awarded. If you haven't entered yet, there's still time! Microfictions will be accepted through 11:59 PM ET FRI, 31 May 2024.

  • Here we are! I hope you enjoy my take on your challenge 🤍🌟🙏 It was inspired by an article I read in the Pride community

  • I’m glad this got Top Story so I could stumble upon it (our notification inbox is such a mess that I only skim it occasionally)! You have my creativity geared up… let’s see what happens! 🌟🤍

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Hey, back to say congratulations!

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Back to say congrats on your Top Story!😊

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Glad this got Top Story and will get some fresh eyes on it. Still formulating a something for my entry!

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Excited to try this one! Great prompt! You must be so proud that you’ve written so much in just a few months! That’s a crazy number, 150 since February. 💜

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Here’s mine! This was so fun, Christy!! Thank you for hosting a great challenge!

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Wow it is lovely. A nice unofficial challenge 😄.

  • Belle2 months ago

    I'll have to bookmark this! Sounds like an amazing challenge!

  • angela hepworth2 months ago

    Ooh count me in!! Great idea Christy!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Just saw this...when I am home home from a break away I shall enter into this! :) Well done on 150 pieces too, Christy! You're definitely an asset to the Vocal Community!

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