#200 Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite poems from the #200 Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 24 days ago 2 min read
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Congratulations, folks. You made us cry. I’m serious. We found the entries to the #200 Challenge truly moving, and we are so glad to hear what Vocal means to all of you. It hasn’t been easy sometimes, keeping the show on the road — but you are what makes it possible, and you are what makes it worthwhile, and we are so lucky to have a reminder of that in all the entries to this challenge.

One of the things that is most meaningful is seeing how our Vocal creators have built a real community; as our winner, Catherine Dorian, demonstrates in her lovely piece, This Heaven We Have Here. With candor and style, she illuminates the challenges of being a writer, a teacher, a daughter, and recognizes the strength that can be found in the support of others, and in simply choosing to go on. “Don’t let the fear of criticism drive you from the Heaven that so lovingly awaits your stories,” she ends. Amen to that.

In second place is Jen Gossoo; in My Year of Rebecoming she reveals the inspiration she drew from our Fantasy Prologue Challenge — she was our winner, and congratulations again — and promises "to show up for this creative act that simultaneously nourishes my soul and strikes mortal dread into every limb and neuron when I force myself to sit down and confront a blank page”.

It seemed especially hard to choose our runners-up this time round as there were so many wonderful entries, and it was so great to hear from all of you. But a shout-out to William Rudyard for Heart to Heart — thanks for resolving to find your purpose and place on Vocal, William, we appreciate your honesty and your commitment. Bri Craig, in How to come un-lost, engages with the aftermath of grief following the death of a beloved sister-in-law: amidst struggle, “It's okay to write and exist imperfectly,” she reminds us. And Matthew Fromm, in Of Machines and Men, turns our question on its head and interrogates what it means to have goals and aspirations in the first place.

Usually we like to end these pieces with something clever of our own: but this time we’re just left with heartfelt gratitude for your continuing commitment to our platform. It means the world to us.

You can check out the full list of winners HERE and learn about our current challenges below:

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  • ADAMU LABIL10 days ago

    Congrats 👏👏👏 Is Luck amazing 😍😍😍

  • JOSIAH NWOKO16 days ago

    congratulations

  • Heather Hubler21 days ago

    Congratulations to all the winners :)

  • Natasha Collazo23 days ago

    I’m learning so much from these winners! I already feel like a different person by reading their work. Well done 👏

  • ✍️ Congratulations to all and a beaming "of course" to Lady Catherine! 💙

  • RL Stevenson24 days ago

    Congratulations, Everyone!! 🎈🎈👏🏾👏🏾

  • Babs Iverson24 days ago

    🥰🥰🥰congratulations!!!💕

  • Sahib ali24 days ago

    Congratulations to you 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Congratulations to you all!

  • Congratulations everyone 🎉🎉🎉

  • Andrea Corwin 24 days ago

    CONGRATULATIONS to all!! 👏👏🖊️

  • Congratulations everyone!

  • Congrats to all the winners. I hope you guys, well, everyone is able to reach all or some of their goals this year.

  • Latoya Giles 24 days ago

    Congratulations. I see a previous winner has won again. Maybe I need more practice, three years of entries isn’t enough yet… another thing to add to my life story

  • JBaz24 days ago

    There were many great reads, the top two were beautiful entries Congratulations

  • hirah24 days ago

    congratulation everyone

  • MissieKatjie24 days ago

    Congratulations, everyone! Here's to another year of fantastic writing.

  • Paul Stewart24 days ago

    Congrats to everyone!

  • Daphsam24 days ago

    Congrats to all of these very talented writers!

  • Marysol Ramos24 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners! So grateful to be able to see your written art! We all have so much in common with fears and worries, I’m so proud of everyone here!

  • ROCK 24 days ago

    Hurrah! Hurrah! Well done to all the winners! Even if you didn't win, so happy you participated. I will catch up on my reads this weekend!

  • Matthew Fromm24 days ago

    A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one! Congrats to all the winners

  • sleepy drafts24 days ago

    Yessssss!!! HUGE congratulations to the winners, I am so, so happy to see Catherine's piece here! Amazing work, everyone 💓💗 What a great way to start 2024!

  • Randy Baker24 days ago

    Congratulations to the winning writers! Well done!

  • Tressa Rose24 days ago

    Congratulations you guys!

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