Snacktime Sonata Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite poems from the Snacktime Sonata Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished about a month ago 1 min read

Well, your Snacktime Sonatas made us hungry, and that’s about the highest compliment we have. Food — taste, smell, sensation — is a powerful conduit to the past, to memories pleasurable and painful and sometimes bittersweet, a mixture of comfort and challenge. Congratulations to Penny Fuller for Sativa — it’s a first win for Penny — a hymn to the “secret, unbounded/freedoms” of fresh peas in the pod. The narrative voice of the poem doesn’t really want to be outside, but finds joy in the green things of the earth; this is a lovely work of resilience.

In second place comes Suze Kay’s Shirley Temple. It contrasts “the other side of youth” with memories of sugary Shirley Temples, maraschino cherry juice and showing off for boys … and brings in the real Shirley Temple in an ironic layering of image and reality. We admired this poem’s strong voice, its insouciant nerve.

And there were some fabulous runners-up, too. Quite a few of these poems showed how food crossed cultural boundaries across generations; Umami Crackers by Alison McBain was a particularly strong one in this line. J’s poem Bread & Jam for Myrtle showed how something very simple can be meaningful and is a tribute, too, to the beloved children’s book by Russell and Lillian Hoban, Bread and Jam for Frances. Lacy Loar-Gruenler’s Pickled Herring with my Dad is a prose poem of neat, compact structure that vividly conjures the passing of time.

What delicious entries! We’re so appreciative of your memories, your skill, your good taste. You can check out the full list of winners HERE and learn about our current challenges below:


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  • Exclusively Speaking with Love'Nia Renee 5 days ago

    Congratulations to all the winner's!''

  • Congrats for all.

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  • Penny Fullerabout a month ago

    I'm really honored to be listed among such wonderful pieces. There was a lot of beautiful, poignant work that was written for this challenge.

  • Ella josephabout a month ago

    congratulations to all the winners and to every other wonderful writer who participated in this challenge.

  • Annie Amalaha about a month ago

    Congratulations 🎉

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Congratultions, everyone!

  • Alison McBainabout a month ago

    Congrats to all the winners, finalists & also all the writers who entered the challenge! Some really fantastic poetry. ❤️ Glad to be in such good company.

  • Judey Kalchik about a month ago

    Wonderful! Now; who else is hungry?!

  • The Writer about a month ago


  • Denise E Lindquistabout a month ago


  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    Very honored to be a runner up in this challenge! There were so many great snack inspired pieces produced in response to this prompt!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago


  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    Well done to everyone who placed 😁

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Well done, everyone! Well, I'm off to eat my humble pie... Alone.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    So thrilled to receive a Runner's Up placement! I've congratulated all the winners separately already but am here for the collective "Well Done" to add my compliments to one and all. Excellent pieces across the board.

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Well done the people who got placements...I'll try and catch up with any I missed in due time!

  • Summer Robinsonabout a month ago

    Vocal, thank you so much for recognizing my poem as a runner-up! This was the first challenge I’ve entered, and it was such a sweet opportunity to reminisce on a shared snack with my late mother. I can’t wait to share more on this platform. :)

  • Ali SPabout a month ago

    Congrats everyone!

  • emaabout a month ago

    Congratualions to the winners, and thank you very much for choosing my poem as a runner up, I'm very happy! Thank you! ❤❤❤

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Congratulations everyone!!

  • Congratualions to all winners an placements , but seriously Vocal, can't you put them all in here. It would be a simple cut and paste. There are some excellent winners here, and i do enjoy the challenges but give everyone the mention they deserve in this post

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