Shining a Spotlight on the 2023 Vocal Writing Awards Shortlists

Giving the shortlisted entries the love and attention they so deserve

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 2 min read
Shining a Spotlight on the 2023 Vocal Writing Awards Shortlists
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The Vocal Writing Awards concluded earlier this month with a flourish, when we announced the winners here. Now, we are delighted to share with you the incredible shortlisted entries for each category. Passing the muster of the Vocal Curation Team to be shortlisted is no small feat. The entries on this list displayed extraordinary creativity, innovation, and a profound ability to convey emotional resonance through their compositions. Please join us in honoring these entries by giving them some well-deserved reads and comments.

Laceration by Charlotte R Faulconbridge

Growth by A. Lenae

An Encounter by Daniel D'Agustino

Coming To My Senses by Sav Map

Bare Resistance by Matthew Daniels

Yellow by Jen Parkhill “JP”

Second Puberty by F Cade Swanson

(Finding the Wings): Painted from Life by Rob Angeli

My Soul's Destiny by Jennifer Christiansen

The Copper-Green Woman in the Pictures by Parwana Fayyaz

A Lamb Among Lions by Nicole Stairs

miles to go by KP

Palm Springs by Suze Kay

The Door’s Locked by K. Kocheryan

The Lineman by Zack Graham

Lies Your Parents Told You by Kate Gall

The Elmoar Tree by Kenny Penn

The Bird House by Sara Striefel

Bluebottle Express by EJ Ferguson

The Devil's Playground by Stuart Orr

The Music of Time by Jordan Flynn

Citrus by Erin Shea

A Most Haunting Tune by E L Stacy

Kropla Deszczu by Mackenzie Davis

As a small token of recognition, each shortlisted creator above will receive a $20 bonus in their Vocal Wallets when the 2023 Vocal Writing Awards' payments are distributed.

Cheers to the absolute brilliance that these writers have contributed to our community, and thank you to all who have joined us in celebrating their work!

*Updated with corrections on November 30, 2023.


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  • shemlis3 months ago

    Awesome to everyone listed

  • Usman Yousaf3 months ago

    Congrats to everyone listed!

  • Alexander McEvoy3 months ago

    I really enjoyed reading through all of the submissions! Congratulations on all short listers! This was an awesome challenge and I look forward to whatever comes next :)

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    YAY!!!! Feeling of exhilaration as one reads there story's recognition gives us all impetus to write more, more, more!

  • Natalie Wilkinson3 months ago

    Congratulations! The shortlisted pieces are often as good as the designated winners!

  • The Dani Writer3 months ago

    Sharing the shortlisted stories? Aww Vocal, you hit me right in the 'feels!' 😊

  • JBaz3 months ago

    All great works and it was a great way for the judging. I do believe there was one error …. My name seems to have been misplaced from the list. 😁

  • Denise E Lindquist3 months ago

    Congratulations to all of you🎉🎉🎉

  • Kenny Penn3 months ago

    Thrilled to be included in the shortlists, thank you all for reading!

  • K. Kocheryan3 months ago

    Thanks for the bonus :) Congrats to everyone

  • Lena Folkert3 months ago

    Oh I’m so glad to see this!! Well done Vocal and massive congrats to you all!!

  • PK Colleran3 months ago

    Some great reads here. Thanks for assembling them and making them easily available for us. Congrats to all the winners and shortlisted writers. 🎉🎊

  • Davina Z. McKee3 months ago

    I’m very glad to see these posted! However, The Pavement Kids was already listed as a winner in the Romance category, and appears again here.

  • Zack Graham3 months ago

    Really feels good to be on BOTH lists! Can't thank everyone enough for the reads, comments, and votes. Really looking forward to what you all create next year!

  • Rene Peters3 months ago

    Congrats to everyone listed!

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    This is so good! Thank you Vocal for doing it and well done to all the names and faces, new and old (scratch old...better known?) Good show with the bonus too! Congrats to all those listed above!

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Thank you so much for doing this! I know many people will be happy to read these names and congratulate the authors; I know I am. The $20 bonus is truly very kind and awesome of you too. Thank you!!! 💕

  • Judey Kalchik 3 months ago

    Ah! That's very good of you to share the titles, names, and links! And to award a surprise bonus! Yay!

  • Mother Combs3 months ago


  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    Thank you for recognizing these creators!! 😁😁😁

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