Just a Minute Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite stories from the Just a Minute Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 22 days ago 1 min read

Thanks again to Vocal Creator, Breezy, for suggesting the Just a Minute Challenge — one which you all interpreted in a wonderful variety of ways. Sometimes a minute can feel like an eternity, sometimes it can pass in the blink of an eye… to describe the passing of sixty seconds is no simple matter.

Congratulations to C J Miller on their first Challenge win with This Surely Is a Dream. This enigmatic tale surges forward in time as the seconds pass, dropping the reader into the present over and over again and hinting at the shadow of violence. Skilfull Miller (who has a nice line from A. S. Byatt on their bio) drops in cultural references, from The Velveteen Rabbit to the music of Marcy Playground. Nicely done.

In second place comes Judah LoVato with another piece in conversation with the creators of the past — Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane. In The Singer So Shy We’re cast forward into the future, in a minute borderland between conflict and peace, the story’s narrator glimpsing real contentment only in the lineaments of a cuckoo clock, “The little scene of the farmhouse, the sound of the hermit thrush and the gentle lull of the ticking.”

For our runners up we’ll give a big hand to Bradley Ramsey, who places for the first time with Once More — a story which seems as if it starts in darkness but walks toward light. We also loved Hannah Moore’s the touch, with its connection to what it can mean to post a story on a site like Vocal! Raine Neal’s The Persistence of Memories flashes back to the past very effectively when two people re-encounter one another unexpectedly. Well done to all our creators — for encouraging us, and each other, to look deeply into every moment life offers.

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


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  • Sweileh 88817 days ago

    Interesting and delicious content. Keep posting more

  • Congratulations for all!!!

  • Nicho Carson21 days ago

    Congratulations, everyone!

  • CJ Miller21 days ago

    Thanks to Vocal and to everyone who has left such lovely remarks on my story. I almost didn't submit it, feeling the subject matter may be too heavy. I'm glad I got a chance to share it. Congrats to all of the winners!

  • Raine Neal22 days ago

    So honored to be chosen as a Runner Up! Congrats to all winners!

  • Dana Crandell22 days ago

    Congratulations, everyone!

  • M.22 days ago

    Congratz to everyone!

  • Hauwa Adedokun22 days ago

    Congratulations ❣️🫂 to everyone that participated 🤭🥰.

  • Gloria Penelope22 days ago

    Congratulations to all the winners!🎈🎉🎈

  • Laura Pruett22 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • Z.a.i.n.t.z22 days ago

    Now i feel at home 💙💙

  • Grz Colm22 days ago

    You probably already know, but the link to winners page and also new challenge does seem to be working currently.

  • Grz Colm22 days ago

    Congratulations peeps!! 😁👏 🥳

  • Congratulations everyone 🎉🎉

  • Such lovely and diverse prose. Congratulations to all the winners!!

  • Atomic Historian22 days ago

    Congratulations to everyone that entered!!

  • Cathy holmes22 days ago

    Congrats to you all.

  • Lana V Lynx22 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners! It might be just me, but I tried from both my computer and smart phone and the link to all winners does not work.

  • D.K. Shepard22 days ago

    Loved CJ Miller’s piece! Congrats to CJ and everyone else!

  • Bradley Ramsey22 days ago

    I'm so excited that my story was selected as one of the runners-up! Congrats to all the winners!

  • Belle22 days ago

    Congratulations everyone!!

  • Sweileh 88822 days ago

    Interesting and delicious content, keep giving more

  • angela hepworth22 days ago

    Congrats everyone!

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