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ASK ME IN DECEMBER an Unofficial Challenge Announcement

By Babs IversonPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 2 min read
Top Story - May 2024
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Fiesta! ¡Olé! It's Cinco de Mayo and time to celebrate the ASK ME IN DECEMBER the unofficial challenge winners. The creators had fun and it was fun reading all their entries. From Ballads to the Blues and a Villanelle to a Haiku, I was honored by the forty-four entries.

While there were forty-four entries, thirty-five creators made me laugh, cry, sing, and sigh. Cheers to the creators! Grateful for each and everyone of them. Here is the list of fantastic writers in order of their entries: Colleen Millsteed, Denise E. Linquist, Mike Singleton, Chloe Giholy, Christy Munson, Raymond G. Taylor, Mariann Carroll, Gerard DiLeo, Andrea Corwin, Novel Allen, Alexandria Stanwyck, Shirley Beck, Melissa Ingoldsby, Cathy Holmes, Dana Crandell, Heather Hubler, C Rommial Butler, Rick Henry Christopher, Angela Hepworth, Paul Stewart, Katazyna Popiel, Frankie Martinelli, Kelli Sheckler-Amsden, Hannah Moore, DD Lee, The Spinstress, Lamar Wiggins, Sonia Heidi Unruh, Karun, Anna, Kendall Defoe, Sean Elliott, Penny Fuller, Catsidhe, and Tiffany Gordon.

In my opinion, every entry was a Top Story loving all of them. At the time of this writing, Vocal recognized eight of the entries as a Top Story. Woohoo!

Reading the entries was the fun part of the challenge celebrating my third vocal-anniversary. Honestly, judging the entries was extremely difficult, that's when I checked out Vocal's Resources.

Briefly, the how to breaks down the judging into the four following categories: creativity and originality; did it stick to the brief; writing and story telling skill; and emotional appeal. Each category is given one to four points. By the end of the first read, everyone had 16 points that makes sense. They were all winners. On the second read, everyone had 14 points.

Back to the drawing board, wondering, why can't someone just provide me with an envelope with the name of the winners? Yes! The envelope please!

But, the celebraion was mine, therefore, the reader and judge of my unofficial challenge.

After a third reading, two entries tied for first place and each will receive a $15 tip going to Christy Munson's Yours Forever and Alexandria Stanwyck's Is It Love? (Ask Me in December). Their poems/lyrics were inspirational and filled with gratitude, and LOVE.

Second place entries will receive a $10 tip going to Kelli Sheckler-Amsden's Stardust, Catsidhe's The End of the Year, and Lamar Wiggins' Nostalgic Blues. Kelli's poem grabbed my attention at the start of her poem. Catsidhe's poem closing was fabulous. Lamar's poem/lyrics triggered good memories with the mention of Como (definitely remember the Perry Como Show, that was very popular in the 50s).

Third place entries will receive a $5.00 tip going to the following: Tiffany Gordon's Daddy's Song (Fictional Poetry); Cathy Holmes' Let's Raise a Glass; C. Rommial Butler's Yggdrasil; Mike Singleton's Ask Me in December; and Sonia Heidi Unruh's, Ask Your Mama!. Their entries were impressive, creative, and moving.

Honorable Mentions will receive a two dollar tip. There were too many to list.

BTW, the $15 tip will be divided into a ten and a five. Tips will be paid on the 8th of May.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you very much for reading, writing, and engaging!


About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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Comments (45)

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Thanks for the Honorable mention Babs. The poems were truly outstanding. Congrats to you for a job well done.

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    Excellent work Babs, and well done to the winners!

  • Rasma Raistersabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story, Well written,

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Congrats to all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions!! Thank you Babs for the honorable and for the opportunity to participate! 💫

  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    Hi Babs ~ As you probably know I'm not a contest on demand writer; I'm so far out of the popular loop. But, so amazed and proud that you are. I began on the VM platform to archive 'for The Kids Someday' - nothing more. As evidenced by 'The Llama & Koala' story and my goofy sketches. - Always with my Respect - Other than your choice of Baseball teams....Hmm - Jk.in.l.a.

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    Congratulations All!!!!! Thank you Babs for such a great challenge :)

  • Babs Iverson (Author)about a month ago

    Christy, your TIP submit selection isn't here. Check with support or someone. Please and thank you!!!

  • Anna about a month ago

    Back to say congrats on your Top Story!

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Yay, so glad this got a Top Story cos I missed it when it was originally published! Thank you for running such a cool challenge, Babs! and well done to all those highlighted above!

  • Rosie𐙚about a month ago

    Yay congrats on top story!!

  • Atomic Historianabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story!!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Wonderful news Babs! Well done to all who entered and all who placed!

  • Marie Wilsonabout a month ago

    Wow. Lots of good reading here! Congrats to the winners. And thanks for creating the challenge, Babs, & doing the legwork reading & all the entries & selecting the cream of the crop.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    This was such a great challenge, sad I never got my act together to get an entry in but I love what you created here!! I'll have to sneak through and read a couple of these!! Great work and congrats on Top Story!!

  • Sorry I missed this, thank you for including me, that's really appreciated, some amazing stories here

  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    Some awesome pieces created in response to this challenge! Great one, Babs! And congrats to winners! I have some reading to do!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Babs this is so you to honor every one who entered You are correct the choice would have been hard I especially enjoyed Lamar’s and Cathy There were too many good ones This was a great challenge ( it was not my style, I tried but couldn’t come up with anything I was pleased with) Congratulations

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Thank you so much, my friend. 😊

  • Sonia Heidi Unruhabout a month ago

    Thank you so much for your generosity of tips and spirit!! As always, you have outdone yourself with kindness. This made me laugh: "Will I post another unofficial challenge? ASK ME IN DECEMBER."

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Congratulations, Babs!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Awesome challenge thank you for the honorable mention Babs ❤️

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Ask you in December...priceless! Thank you so Much Babs, I can't imagine how hard it was to choose, there were oh so many great ones. I am honored <3

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! ❤️

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Congrats to everyone. I HOPE to read then all. That was a lot Babs. I loved the challenge.

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