Identity Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite stories and poems from the Identity Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 5 months ago 1 min read

Sam Eliza Green has been a creator with Vocal since the summer of 2021, and has published 114 pieces — warm congratulations on their first Challenge win. Their free-flowing poem, You, and I, and She takes first place in our Identity Challenge, its short lines a conversation about being and feeling, one which inhabits emotion with exploratory language. We loved the images of a winter “when nothing feels right/ and wrong has carved/ into my skin like/ the sharp snap/ of abandonment.” Image and sensation do a slow dance that draws the reader in.

Alvin Ang’s personal essay, I Got Brutally Knocked Out—And It Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me is a very straightforward expression of our challenge: a description and analysis of a moment that changed the creator’s life. It’s done with vividness and clarity, so we sense every moment of anticipation, of the fight itself, its shocking result — and the difficult but eventually positive knock-on effect. This is an inspirational piece.

Praise too for our runner-up, like Prairie Johnson, whose Dear People is a letter from her 17-year-old self to all fellow humans; there are terrific lines here. We were caught right away by the opening, “Dear humans that taste sunlight like lime juice, like earth, like my own limbs do,/ I want to love you.” R. C. Taylor’s Butterfly-Skinned Girl is an ancestral hymn, a calling, full of images of hope and transformation. And Carl L Lane’s Too Black is a powerful essay that confronts racism and colorism head-on. “We knew of no world where we were beautiful,” Lane writes, but his strong prose proves otherwise. This is how the world changes, one narrative at a time.

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


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  • Jeremygames4 months ago

    Congratulations to the winner.

  • M.C. Murphy 4 months ago

    The winning entries were both so raw & beautiful. I look forward to reading the rest. So honored to have been chosen as a runner up! Thank you Vocal! This page inspires me everyday.

  • Alvin Ang4 months ago

    Thank you so much for selecting me, team! I look forward to writing more stories for you guys :)

  • Just Daniel5 months ago

    Well done, great job everyone and have a Happy New Year!! ^___^

  • Md. Shah Jahan5 months ago

    Most welcome and come to the point.

  • Md. Shah Jahan5 months ago


  • ghaith hasan5 months ago

    Very nice

  • E.N. Gussler5 months ago


  • k eleanor5 months ago

    Congratulations everyone! 🥳🥳🥳

  • Malky McEwan5 months ago

    Congrats to all ;-)

  • Miss Shamim Akhtar5 months ago

    Keep up good work

  • Bravery TE Walker5 months ago

    Congrats y'all! You deserve it.

  • Kristen Balyeat5 months ago

    Congrats to all the winners!!! 💫

  • Kelly Sibley 5 months ago

    Many Congratulations!

  • Cathy Deslippe5 months ago

    Congratulations to all of the writers,

  • R.C. Taylor5 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone! You, and I, and She was absolutely breathtaking <3

  • Dana Crandell5 months ago

    Congratulations to the winners! This was a very tough one!

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Congrats everyone.

  • Ace Melee5 months ago

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Congratulations everyone. It was a fun challenge, some incredible entries

  • K. Kocheryan5 months ago

    Congrats to the winners and runner-ups!

  • Sam Eliza Green5 months ago

    I have so much appreciation for the Vocal Team and all their hard work. I am also blessed to have such amazing, supportive readers, whose comments have helped me feel so connected and motivate me to keep chasing my dreams. Many thanks to everyone for giving me the chance to be here and be honestly vulnerable. I am stunned and, of course, grateful for this acknowledgment. ❤️

  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Terrific!!! Congrats!!!❤️❤️💕

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