A Vocal Group dedicated to challenges: What we do, how to use it, and why you need to join ASAP. Brought to you by The Vocal Creators Chronicle.
Updated June 2022
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Back in October 2021, your editors at the Vocal Creators Chronicle designed a Facebook space exclusively for reading, sharing, and chatting about Vocal Challenges. We were prompted by the beautiful chaos of the the first ever V+ Fiction Awards.
A Facebook group dedicated to Vocal Challenges!
Vocal challenge pieces, in our opinion, often require solo threads for best interaction. Great Incantations is like a banquet hall at a conference: you can blend in on threads if you wish, but you're better off to stand up and make a speech!
Great Incantations is also private, so it's a place to get real and request feedback and proofreading before you distribute your work elsewhere in your ecosystem. Not sure how to give good feedback? Check out Tom's article below. And if you're feeling brave... try your luck in Madoka Mori's Iron Maiden.
1. Vocal Challenge Posts Only
Unless it's related to a Vocal challenge (writing for, about, how-to, self-care, a book spin-off), don't post it, please. With few exceptions at admin's discretion, unrelated posts, discussions, announcements etc. will be removed. Welcome posts are fine and congratulating posts for winners are cool, too.
2. Be Kind and Courteous
Should go without saying, right? Well, just in case it's not obvious...
We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, constructive criticism is OK, but kindness is required. No hate speech or bullying. Let's do our best to celebrate the winners and build each other up to try again.
And return your reads, folks. Best way to network and grow. If you read theirs, feel free to post yours in the comments with a note!
3. No Promotions or Spam
Give more than you take in this group. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed. Solo posts in Great Incantations are fine provided you leave space for everyone. No more than 1 or 2 a day please.
1. Can I post about any challenge?
Yes, you can post about any Vocal challenge new or past. Try adding a hashtag to improve navigation!
2. Do I need to be a Vocal+ member to join Great Incantations?
No, you don't need to be a Vocal+ member to join the group. But to enter the most awesome challenges, yeah, you need to join Vocal+.
3. Can I discuss how to improve my writing in general beyond the challenge?
Yes, you can, but Café is amazing for discussions. Caitlin McColl has developed a friendly, welcoming space. We highly recommend supplementing your chatting with The Vocal Café. Just note you can't post your links there. Chatter only.
4. How do I improve my promotions and understanding of how to use Vocal?
5. Where else can I go to increase my reads?
Come over to Vocal Social Society! We have tons of threads and ways to engage. Our game, "Whose Link Is It Anyway", has become a huge hit!
6. Why did you title it Great Incantations?
a) Because with the number of contestants in each challenge, we're gonna need some magic on our keyboards to win.
b) It's a word play on Great Expectations, which is in tribute to a Dickensian Author who would have adored this challenge-focused space.
7. Why should I enter a Vocal Challenge?
There's a story for that.
"I've entered ten contests (to date) on Vocal+ for less than the cost of Netflix. And let me be honest, if I'm sat in front of a computer screen and my hands are idle, I'm gonna start snacking, which means the only thing likely to gain a couple of pounds isn't my wallet. Thanks to being a Vocal+ member, I've done some of my best fiction and non-fiction writing of my life. I've been a Vocal member for merely a month, but I've already swapped ideas, made bigger plans and met some incredible people." -Call Me Les
8. I'm starting to feel worn out. How can I practice self-care?
Natasja Rose & Caroline Jane have you covered.
What other stuff do you do there?
Faceoff against folks you know in a bracket challenge. Run by Steven Lance. For example results, see this article.
Current Vocal Challenges as of 06/22/2022
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About the VCC Editors Call Me Les & Caroline Jane
Les: You can go official and check out her Vocal Spotlight or, better yet, read her own silly summary. She's an open book and the kind friend you have yet to make.
Caroline Jane: Our dedicated musketeer determined to champion talent wherever she finds it. Always dreaming big although her feet are firmly on the ground. Here's an article about Caroline that tells you way too much about her!
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First published by Call Me Les October 15, 2021
Updated January 3, 2022 by Call Me Les
Updated June 22, 2022 by Call Me Les & Caroline Jane
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