In Eclipse Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite poems from the In Eclipse Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read

Creator Dane BH is one of our Vocal stalwarts. We’re so grateful to all of your in our Vocal community, and so thrilled by your achievements. This is the third time Dane has won one of our challenges, and she appears too on our Vocal podcast, Write Here, Write Now — take a listen if you haven’t already. But she’s not our winner because we know her: the subtlety and simplicity of we watched the world go dark. together. is what made it our winner of the In Eclipse challenge, with the grace and ease of its lines and observation. As it happens it also expresses the community spirit that means so much to us.

In second place comes Cathy Holmes, with A Smile Before the Darkness; Cathy is another creator we admire for her energy and commitment. With this brief poem she took the idea of ‘eclipse’ and considered what else it might mean:” that feeling when/ calamity stills, if just for a moment?” Dementia is a painful condition of the personality’s seeming erasure, but art can bring it into a kind of light.

And a round of applause as ever for our runners-up. John Dodge joined Vocal in 2021: his pleasing verse (eclipse) opens up a window in the celestial and the personal. This is his first placement, so an extra hurrah! Angela Hepworth’s Eclipse of Hope, of Dreams follows the rubric but has a fine prose-poem feel; the image of kissing the moon like a lover stays with us. And a special mention to Rachel Deeming for Rolling Eclipse which took our acrostic theme and really ran with it, making each word part of the puzzle. Bravo! And to all of you Vocal creators: we know your light won’t be eclipsed.

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


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Comments (23)

  • william16 days ago

    Interesting read! I do eclipse art and puzzles.

  • What do you think of the winning poem "we watched the world go dark. together."? How does it capture the spirit of an eclipse?

  • Congratulations for everybody!

  • Seo Rauf28 days ago

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  • Denelsia Walkerabout a month ago

    Excellent 💞

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Thank you and congratulations everybody!!

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Congratulations to the winners, runner-ups, and ALL who entered!

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Congrats one and all! 🥳😊👍

  • Heather Zieffle about a month ago

    Congratulations everyone!

  • Congratulations to all the winner's in the Winner's circle!! A Big shout out to Rachel Deeming congrats Hun!! 🤗

  • NJabout a month ago


  • J. Delaney-Howeabout a month ago

    Congrats everyone!

  • Belleabout a month ago

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

  • Thavien Yliasterabout a month ago

    Curiosity Induced by Signs of Striking Accumulation

  • Sarah Danielabout a month ago

    Congrats to Dane BH on another win, and kudos to all participants for their vibrant creativity!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Eclipsed!!! There were 796 entries!!! Wow!!! My six poems were up against 790!!!

  • Ace Meleeabout a month ago

    Congratulations to winners!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations to the winners! 🥳 🤩 😘

  • Alexandria Stanwyckabout a month ago

    Congratulations everyone!!!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Thank you and congrats to all.

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    I'm in a bit of a funk with Vocal at this time, but dropped by to see the list of winners and say congratulations. Well done, all!

  • Congrats all

  • Judey Kalchik about a month ago

    Congratulations to you all. Your poetry commemorates a special time wonderfully

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