Misplaced Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite stories from the Misplaced Challenge

By Vocal TeamPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

I once was lost, but now I’m found — amazing grace, and we can only appreciate the latter if we know the former. In our Misplaced challenge, we asked you to consider what it would be like to be cast adrift and to imagine beyond our human shapes.

So congratulations to our winner, sleepy drafts, for Scrabble Philosophy. Lorraine’s lost earring observes her life with perspicacity, and there’s a simplicity of description and observation that make this story vivid and true. “Her shoulder shifted up at just the right angle and nudged me out of her ear lobe.” We can just see it, can’t we? That’s the spirit. This is thoughtful storytelling.

In second place is Aaron Morrison for GABLE: now, to be frank (we’re always frank with you) the lost toy is a bit of a trope, but here the immediacy of the narrator’s imagination stands out. From the evocative detail of the beggarweed at the opening, to the fwoosh of his movement, to the way the writer builds suspense so we’re invested in this little fellow’s fate — it’s nicely done.

And a round of applause for our runners-up too. L. C. Schäfer gave us a mischievous pup on L-O-S-T, and unexpected twist of the tail (get it?) on our rubric; M. J. Benjamin’s conjuring of the aftermath of a shipwreck, Derelict, was rich with atmosphere; Kyle Cejka’s The Hand brought a bit of horror to the task we set you. What else can we say but — we’re glad you all found Vocal. None of us are lost if we stick together.

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


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  • Zara Sophia2 months ago

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  • Leslie Writes2 months ago

    Congrats to these winners 💐

  • Omeiza Abdul2 months ago

    It is good to good to people because the one you help may be your sources of richness in future

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone!

  • Natasha Collazo2 months ago


  • Aman Amine2 months ago

    Congratulations to everyone! :-) Thank you for the fun challenges

  • Kelsey Clarey2 months ago

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    Congratulations! Some awesome stories in here!

  • Jennifer Cooley2 months ago

    I wrote my piece about a PERSON, because PEOPLE CAN BE LOST TOO, NOT JUST THINGS! And my story was important because IT IS A TRUE STORY! Not only is the person lost in the story, that time in MY LIFE is LOST, as well as in his... So as much as these contests are good for us to challenge ourselves as writers to grow and do our best... I believe Vocal and its Judges also need to GROW and expand their thoughts and ideas on what the answers are to the challenges they post and the types of submissions they get! Because lost people and those memories you're left with are actually the MOST PAINFUL and HARDEST TYPES OF LOST to live with and through... nothing is harder than that... when it is REAL! Fiction is FUN but at the end of the day it isn't hurting anyone, nothing is really lost it was all made up! And I would like to challenge them to think about things emotionally and mentally on that deeper level of thought, look to the psychology of LOST not just the fantasy and fairytales of it... for any of the challenges... and I also have to say they need to stop picking the same people who enter as back up runner ups as go to's so they can reward all the right amount of people with the funds or badges they have to give out... seeing some of the same names get 8 badges.... when if you actually read the work of MANY MANY OTHER people's works that have NONE their work is EVEN BETTER, but at the very least EQUAL to those who've already collected badges. So it needs to be made a little more fairly PAID and PLAYED OUT for others on Vocal to be NOTICED and RECOGNIZED for ALL THEIR HARD WORK and EFFORT TOO! I've been with Vocal since about 2018 and I have 260 Posts! And my work is OUTSTANDING... and I'm just 1 of those people long since overdue in some fair acknowledgement and reward from Vocal for all that LOYALTY, TIME and HARD WORK... and I'm not finished, as long as Vocal operates and I have the time I will continue to add to it... so there is lots there for Vocal to take the time to INVEST and pay attention to MORE of its contributors on a slower, and more intimate level. Because of how long most of us are going to be a part of Vocal... not just for how long many of us already have been! And there ya have it, I just had to share that, it was necessary that someone spoke for all the rest of the wonderful hard working folks out here WITH ME! I hope this comment makes a difference for all that deserve it... Its important we keep Vocal Staff on their Toes too... lol not just the other way around... so they too grow and adapt and make changes with Vocal that fits and works for all of us at every level, whether beginner, or casual writer or advanced and or professional! And so I hope writing this will help make a difference in that in some way down the road in the future ahead here on Vocal! AMEN!

  • masterplay972 months ago

    Congrats everyone!!!

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats everyone!!!🥳🥳🥳

  • Scott Christenson2 months ago

    Congrats everyone! A lot of ppl I know on this list, and many I hope to read more from in the future. I sort of knew my choice of missing item wasn't going to make the winners list lol.😂

  • Congratulations to everyone! :-) Thank you for the fun challenges, Vocal!

  • Harbor Benassa2 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone! This was a great challenge.

  • Sandra Matos2 months ago

    Congratulations to all on your well deserved win!

  • Aaron Morrison2 months ago

    Wow! Am absolutely blown away! Congratulations to everyone!

  • Just Daniel2 months ago

    great job everyone!!! really nice reads! ^^

  • M. Lee2 months ago

    Whoohoo! Congrats to all the winners!! 🥳🎉💫👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    Well done!!! ❤️

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    Congratulations 🎉❤️❤️❤️🏆

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Well done, everyone!

  • Mother Combs2 months ago

    Congratulations to the winners!!

  • Gabriel Huizenga2 months ago

    Congrats everyone!! Looking forward to reading all of these soon :)

  • Daphsam2 months ago


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