3:00 AM Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite stories from the 3:00 AM Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 11 days ago 1 min read

B. A. Durham’s False Memories blends dream and reality in a seamless mix. As his father, afflicted by Alzheimer’s, fades away, the narrator is haunted by a dream that may be a memory, returning to him insistently. The piece is full of wonderful detail (the father touching his lip where once there was a mustache, “but now he is clean-shaven—he has been for years” — and moving in revealing the complexities of a family’s life. A worthy winner which shows the power of dreams to influence us.

In second place comes D. K. Shepard’s Midnight Train, which also finds resolution in the wake of nightmare. We loved the way the piece begins in a real setting that turns out to be a dream; we felt drawn into the authentic life of these boys as their lives were disrupted by a terrible accident; a dream wreaks damage until it heals.

And there were some positively dreamy — you’ll forgive us — runners-up. Mary K. Brackett places for the first time with Red Sky at Morning, which has a compelling, Close Encounters feel to it; leaving mystery intact. Bravo to Lily Séjor for Dreams of Fish, with its easy dialogue and nice resolution. Dominic Casey-Lee’s Heaven is Behind Closed Eyelids is a loving tribute, rich with the details of life, its narrator drawing comfort from a cockatiel: we can feel the brush of wings.

As ever, thanks and congratulations to all our Vocal creators for putting your energy into our challenges. You’re a dream come true, and we’re always grateful.

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


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Comments (20)

  • muhammed labeeb6 days ago

    i like it

  • Congratulations to all the winners.

  • Lily Séjor9 days ago

    Ooh... This feels nice! 😊

  • Subha10 days ago

    nice work, pls read mine too and support

  • sleepy drafts10 days ago

    Congratulations, everyone!!

  • Heather Zieffle 10 days ago

    Congratulations everyone!!

  • Rowan Finley 10 days ago

    👏 great job!

  • Fabulous effort by the winners & everyone who entered💖.

  • The Dani Writer10 days ago

    Well done to the winners and nuff-nuff respect to all who entered!

  • angela hepworth10 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners!!

  • Ameer Bibi10 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉 to all the winners and vocal curation team as well. Vocal is indeed a thrilling and energetic platform to keep the creators active, busy and more imaginative.

  • Randy Baker11 days ago

    Congratulations to you all. It is good to see so many familiar names on this list.

  • Caroline Craven11 days ago

    So many excellent stories! Well done!

  • Congrats to everyone! So many great stories out of this challenge!

  • -Nate-11 days ago

    Excellent deliveries! 🙏

  • Congratulations everyone! It was a fun challenge

  • D.K. Shepard11 days ago

    Wow! I’m beyond thrilled! It’s an honor to place out of so many tremendous entries! Congrats to everyone else! Excited to read the other winning pieces!

  • Judey Kalchik 11 days ago

    Congratulations. Thank you for the compelling stories

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  • Suzii~11 days ago

    Congrats everyone. Well deserved. ✨👏

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