Critique Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite critiques from the Critique Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 8 days ago β€’ Updated 8 days ago β€’ 1 min read

Critics and critiques in general are held up as many things. They are lauded for their insight into art, allowing the masses to understand why a painting, play, book or movie are important. And many critiques, the best, we feel, can be filled with the critic's personal tone while remaining objective. But critics are also often despised by artists as misunderstanding or misclassifying their works. Critics wield a lot of power, just look at Rotten Tomatoes. It just takes one bad review to tank almost any type of art.

Which is why we wanted to see how Creators critiqued popular works. We wanted to see if it was a simple thing to give an insightful review in just 50 words (turns out, it's not!). What we found most interesting about this Challenge, something we wanted to bring to your attention, was that many critiques weren't critiques at all but rather summaries. About half of the critiques we received did not give any opinion on the work but merely told what the work was about. This told us that perhaps it's harder than we think to be judgmental about a piece of art, especially one so widely received.

Here are the winners of the Critique Challenge. You can check out the full list of winners HERE.

$500 Grand Prize Winner

Ava Mack for Solo: A Star Wars Story

We loved this critique because it clearly came from a fan. Some critiques are written with remove, some with intimacy. Each has their place and this one was a delight, especially the last sentence. We felt a delightful pith while reading Mack's words. And, she managed to match the quick flow of the 50 word limit. This critique rolls off the tongue, it's a quick zip, a snap of a thought, and it's wonderful. Congratulations, Ava Mack!

$250 Second Place Winner

Rebekah Conard for "The Lighthouse", a bite-sized critique

This critique wonderfully intertwined the creative side of writing with the necessities a critique demands, namely, an honest review that sees both sides of a work. This critique had a fun, strong voice to it as well as a brilliant ending. The peak into their personal life made it for us. Perhaps Conard should start reviewing more works than just The Lighthouse in 50 words. Congratulations, Rebekah Conard!


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  • Syeda Razi Fatimaabout 12 hours ago

    you deserve to join the Vocal Awards

  • Kendall Defoe 5 days ago

    Well done!

  • Sarah urffer5 days ago

    Congratulations these are amazing critiques!

  • Congratulations!

  • ANFAS7 days ago


  • Naveedkk 7 days ago

    Congratulations on top story,

  • Congratulations to all!

  • Ava Mack8 days ago

    Woah! Humbled by this! Congratulations to everyone who placed!

  • Wow, thank you for selecting my critique as runner-up!

  • Kenny Penn8 days ago

    Congrats to the winners and runner ups, great job!

  • Lamar Wiggins8 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners!!! πŸ₯‡πŸ€©

  • Katrina Cain8 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners πŸ†

  • ema8 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Rene Peters8 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners! πŸ₯³

  • Rob Angeli8 days ago

    Congratulations to all!

  • Mother Combs8 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners

  • Congratulations πŸŽ‰

  • Paul Stewart8 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners! Well done, Ava and Rebekah for their placings!

  • Judey Kalchik 8 days ago

    Congratulations! Terrific critiques.

  • Ashley Lima8 days ago

    Brilliant! Congrats to all the winners :)

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