Whispering Woods Challenge Winners

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

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished about a month ago 1 min read

Congratulations to Morgan Christy Rickards for their winning Whispering Woods story, Guardian at the Gate. Morgan has been a Vocal creator since February 2021, and this is their first time placing in Challenge — well done, starting with a win! Guardian at the Gate draws evocatively from Welsh tales of the Cantre'r Gwaelod, a lost sunken kingdom between the forest and the sea. Heledd’s dangerous adventure pulls her towards the water but her spirit is anchored in the woods: Morgan’s writing is atmospheric and exciting.

In second place is Scott C Lillard’s Heart and Bone — and Scott is another first time winner, so extra cheers for that. Zazh is turning thirteen, and her love for her friend Minn is calling her as the forest calls her… Lillard creates a place of active listening in the fairy-haunted woods, and Zazh finds strength in herself because of the forest’s supporting power.

Well done too to our runners-up. D. J. Reddall conjures a mystic rite in We Remember; Liam Storm (another first timer in challenge placement!) treads the boundary between what’s mythic and what’s read in The Legend of Ardanor; in Keb Rogers’ Good Memories, Henry’s conversation with a tree returns him to the presence of his late, beloved wife. All of these tales spoke to the renewing power and magic of the natural world; the perfect way to launch into spring.

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


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  • Gloria Penelope22 days ago

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Madara26 days ago


  • Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Eddiereader29 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners

  • Congratulations!🎉🎉🎉

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  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Congrats all you punks! 😄👏

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Well done everyone

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Congratulations everyone and thank you I am thrilled to have placed

  • Congratulations to all the winners and placers from me and all in the Vocal Social Society

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Thank you guys so much! Congratulations to everyone who won and amazing job to everyone who entered, I loved this challenge and reading everyone’s creative contributions!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Congrats to all. 🍾

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations to Morgan Christy Rickards for first place Scott C Lillard for second place and to all the exceptional runners-up: Angela Hepworth Caroline Jane Catsidhe Celia in Underland D. J. Reddall Keb Roger Kelli Sheckler-Amsden L.C. Schäfer Liam Storm Michael J. Wine 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 You wrote indelible stories that rose above the 350+ other fictions to capture the hearts of the Vocal curators. I could not be happier for you. Congratulations! 🤩😍🤩😍🤩 To all of us who did not win, congratulations as well! We wrote FANTASTIC entries. I'm every bit as delighted for each of us for simply (and especially) having dared to write pieces that amaze and delight and create fantastical journeys I thoroughly enjoyed. Now, let's all go hug a tree and thank them for being our lungs, and then go write something that knocks our socks off. Cheers!!!

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Great stories of sentient forests! Congratulations to all who entered and the winners!

  • Gabriel Huizengaabout a month ago

    Congratulations, everyone! Very much looking forward to reading all of these wonderful woodsy tales 🙂

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    Fantastic well done!

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Congrats to the winners and runner ups!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Whispering woohoo!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Heather Hublerabout a month ago

    Congratulations to all the winners!!

  • Liam Stormabout a month ago

    So amazing!! Thank you so much, wasn't expecting this at all! Congrats to Morgan and Scott for first and second, and all the other runners up! A great challenge to spark a lot of interesting stories!

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