Love Unraveled Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite pieces from the Love Unraveled Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 30 days ago 1 min read

Sometimes the simplest challenges are the deepest and most revealing. For this challenge we asked you to “unravel the mysteries, joys, and challenges of love through the power of personal storytelling” — we all love, we all feel we know what it means to love. Yet this challenge offered a reminder of the infinite shapes of human connection, and what power love has over us, even in the face of struggle and pain.

Ruth K is our worthy winner with her piece simply titled: Love. She has 20 pieces on Vocal; and this is the first time she’s placed in a challenge, so extra congratulations. We were deeply moved by this piece, a paean to her lost sister Leah, who was as Ruth writes “challenging to love” — her absence is a never-healing wound. And yet: “My love for Leah is so strong that it has melded into every facet of my life,” Ruth writes in this clear-eyed and searingly honest piece. Here lies real emotional truth.

Our second place winner John Cox also places for the very first time with These Things I Remember, a meditation on parental love. He quotes from the Psalms, “These things I remember as I pour out my soul”, to track his love for his wife and children — but also to accept his failings as a father, his lack of presence; the cost of one ideal of masculinity, we might say. In naming it he vows to do better. This is personal writing as portrait and catharsis.

And we had some fine runners-up, as ever. F Cade Swanson in Letting Go writes evocatively about fostering with precision and care; Judah LoVato in Love Is a Shitload of Work uses original language and imagery to question how we think of love. Love is easy when it’s a noun; harder when it’s a verb. Nice work. And Josey Pickering is beautifully frank in A Neurodivergent Love Story. What else can we say but — we love you, Vocal creators, Thanks for the care you send out into the world, to all those around you. It means a lot, in these times. .

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


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  • Christy Munson15 days ago

    Hi Vocal Curation Team. I am honored that you've selected my story, Mother Mine, as a Runner Up in the Love Unraveled Challenge. Of all the content I've posted to this platform, that piece is a painful place to visit. I have kept watch on my Vocal Wallet for the wonderful encouragement that comes with earning placement ($20!) and have not yet seen it. When you have a moment, could you let me know more about that process, the timing, etc., or if there's some action I need to take. Thank you so much. And thank you, once again, for giving such love to my story. It means a great deal!!!

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  • Mario Taylor 23 days ago

    Congratulations to the winner.

  • sleepy drafts27 days ago

    Congratulations, all!!! 👏🏻💗💗💗 And thank you so much, Vocal!

  • Pam Zee29 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners

  • Dana Crandell29 days ago

    Congratulations, everyone!

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats to everyone who participated on this! All of you did amazing work!😊🫶

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  • Alyssa Nicole29 days ago

    Congratulations to all of the winners! 🎉

  • Mary Haynes29 days ago

    Definitely a well earned win! I started crying about 1/2 way in before I learned of the outcome! An amazing retelling of the life of siblings and a reminder to love fully!

  • Caroline Craven29 days ago

    Congratulations! Well done.

  • Madhu Goteti 29 days ago

    Congratulations 🎈 🎊 🎉

  • Heather Hubler29 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉

  • Craqdi Artista29 days ago

    Come on Bravery ! 🫶🏼👏❤️

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  • Randy Baker30 days ago

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • Congratulations all!

  • Congratulations to all of the very talented writers

  • Cathy holmes30 days ago

    Congrats to all winners. 👏

  • Brin J.30 days ago

    Congrats winners <3

  • Josey Pickering30 days ago

    An honor to be a runner up, thank you everyone!

  • Chloe Gilholy30 days ago

    Congrats on the winners, they sound like excellent pieces.

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