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The Graveyard Challenge Complete List of Submissions

Look at all the treasures you found!! Thank you!!

By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 4 months ago β€’ Updated 4 months ago β€’ 10 min read
Top Story - December 2023
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The Graveyard Challenge Complete List of Submissions
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As of yesterday, the submissions to the Graveyard Challenge closed.

So over the course of this week I will be doing some final teasing out of which entires are my favourites so I can bring you a list of the top 3 on Friday the 15th.

(Spoiler alert: I might be expanding it to a top 5 if I can’t make some hard choices over these next couple days.)

But until then, here is the complete list of ALL the entries to the challenge!

Please take some time to read through each one and show them the love they deserve! Please also take some time to explore the "archeologist's" pages too, as they did all the digging to find these wonderful treasures for us to enjoy!

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Counting the Broken Pieces of Myself

Writen by: Poppy

This is a compelling, heartbreaking read. It's relatable and such a beautifully penned piece of writing!

Archeologist: Alexander McEvoy

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The Crow's Calling Card

Writte By: Brin J

This story is tense and thrilling, leaving you with a sense that even more adventure is yet to come. Something like when you get to witness the meeting of two iconic characters and you know there is something really special here.

"This story is so visceral and beautifully told and I think it definitely deserves to be in the spotlight!" - Alexander McEvoy

Archeologist: Alexander McEvoy

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How Does He Do it?

Written by: Brenton F

This is raw and yet relatable piece of writting. It has this "I have no fucks to give" kind of attitude.

"... So in your face it makes you flinch." - Andrew C McDonald

Archeologist: Andrew C McDonald

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Spy tip #14

Written by: Heather Hubler

This is one of those hidden gems of comedy gold, it's a story that begs to be taken seriously but just can't be. Especially with a main character that is a bit of a oxymoron in herself, I likened her to a dimwitted professor type. There are plenty of laughs and eyeroll worthy scenes.

"It's absolutely brilliant and silly!" - Brin J

Archeologist: Brin J

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A Shadow's Banquet

Written by: KuroHoshi

This breathtakingly dark piece gives you the chills with their word choices and elegance in making the doings of shadows seem enticing. A really thought provoking piece overall.

Archeologist: Thavien Yliaster

Archeologist's Assistant: Heather Hubler

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The Final Battle

Written by: JBaz

This is a well written adventure with tense, vivid imagery that only adds ot the overall impact and authenticity of the story. Jason does a great job of pulling you into the story with him with great detailing and a narrative that really drives the story along.

Archeologist: Mark Gagnon

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Paper Doll

Written by: Veronica Coldiron

"It's a shorter poem that carries such rich language, I couldn't help but be captivated. The image and title pulled me right in, and then she let the words flow, 'Paper doll floating In the unforgiving sea' The rest follows in a visual and emotional feast, each line perfectly placed. I think we can all identify with the paper doll in some way or another. I just loved every bit of it ;)" - Heather Hubler

Archeologist: Heather Hubler

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The Quiet Ones

Written by: Hannah Moore

This is one of those pieces that feels like a classic opennign chapter to an adventure we crave after a long day in the real world. There's this extra level of care and detail woven into the core of the story telling that makes you crave more.

"Love the storytelling, the characterisation and the way she weaves in important and compelling details throughout." - Paul Stewart

Archeologist: Paul Stewart

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Storming

Written by: Suze Kay

The subtitle could not have said it any better: a poem about finding beauty in the strange and mundane.

Archeologist: Poppy

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Melting Marble

Written by: Mackenzie Davis

This piece has vivid and yet subtly placed imagery, it brings you to a scene of familarity but there's somethign etherial about the way it plays out.

Archeologist: Poppy

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Smell the Sun

Written by: Brenton F

A poem with vivid imagery and a narrative about what happens when you fly too close to the sun.

Archeologist: Poppy

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This Haunting

Written by: Kelsey Syble

A metephoric piece that has many possibilities for interpretation.

Archeologist: Poppy

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five and a half years

Written by: Dana Hartnett

A heartbreaking tale about a significant segment of the narrator's journey.

Archeologist: Poppy

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Lost Words

Written by: Teresa Renton

A sonnet about a summer memory.

Archeolist: Angie the Archivist

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Equilibrium

Written by: Mohammed Darasi

An abecedarian poem that uses creative vocabulary and emotionally evoking themes.

Archeologist: Matthew Fromm

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Gentle Dew From Heaven

Written by: Mackenzie Davis

"... is a wonderful story about a flood that threatens to consume the world and one woman's journey to survive and maintain her sanity best she can with an extensive tea collection. This story flows steadily towards its conclusion as an overfed river from a spring time storm leads one towards the sea or a Great Lake. It is flooded with tantalizing and brilliant uses of water and melting related imagery and it howls for more attention then it has hither too received. ..." - Alexander McEvoy

Archeologist (or as he likes to call himself, Archive Delvers Limited Head Archivist): Alexander McEvoy

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Dick Winchester in... The Box with No Name

Written by: Stephen A. Roddewig

This is a compelling story told from the perspective of a narrator that's both hilarious and relatable, in his quest to find his own claim to fame as he gets into a turf war with food delivery services.

"I feel he is onto something and could develop this storyline into a television series." - Lamar Wiggins

Archeologist (or as he prefers to be called, Grave Robber): Lamar Wiggins

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My Will: In Glorious Technicolour

Written by: Caroline Jane

This piece is raw and filled with a lot of beautifully chosen metephors and similies. But the author's note is what helps you connect with the piece on a deeper level!

"I was impressed, not only by her glorious prose, but also by the power and confidence portrayed. Then I read her after note and I was like "hell no, don't say that." You'll know what I mean when you read it." - Cathy Holmes

Archeologist: Cathy Holmes

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The Curse of the Keep

Written by: Dana Stewart

A tension-filled read involving an unlikely curse that takes hold in an unexpected way.

Archeologist: Babs Iverson

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The Bee Sized Girl

Written by: jessica moonan davies

A poetic short that plays on the senses of the read through well chosen descriptive language.

Archeologist: S. C. Almanzar

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No Better Place to Hide

Written by: Amanda Starks

"The mood is wistful and somber, making it reminiscent of old memories long forgotten." - Brin J

Archeologist: Brin J

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Mirror, Mirror

Written by: The Invisible Writer

A well written twist on an iconic disney classic, with a tension-filled narrative and captivating storyline.

Archeologist: Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

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Covers

Written by: Grz Colm

A relatable piece about what it feels like when the finish reading something that has touched your heart.

"This perfectly describes how read-a-holics feel!" - Angie the Archivist

Archeologist: Angie the Archivist

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Delivering Daylight

Written by: Poppy

An enchanting retelling of the classic sleeping beauty tale with some realistic implications. The undrlying message of fighting for one's own happiness was a very beautifully highlighted theme throughout the story.

Archeologist: Angie the Archivist

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The Doppelganger

Written by: Lamar Wiggins

A compelling horror that plays with your sense of reality and time.

Archeologist: Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

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A Shrine on the Mountain

Written by: Jen Gossoo

"An epic fantasy story with dreams, magic trains, and a giant wolf-spirit. Has the feeling of a fairy tale and legend, with a masterfully rendered theme of forgiveness. A fantastic read." - Mackenzie Davis

Archeologist: Mackenzie Davis

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Confessions

Written by: Poppy

A mind altering piece.

"Oh, a truly poignant poem. Heartbreak, yes, but a theme of destruction that I adore and that just hits." - Mackenzie Davis

Archeologist: Mackenzie Davis

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Invasive Species

Written by: Alexander McEvoy

This is one of those, you have to read it to get it pieces. But once you've read it you can't forget what you have just read...

"Horrifying scene toward the end, but OMG what a great story!! A spooky aquarium after hours, a break in... and an invasive species. Whatever you're imagining will not be accurate to the reveal in this story." - Mackenzie Davis

Archeologist: Mackenzie Davis

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It's summer, and there's sunlight here,

Written by: Mesh Toraskar

"A gorgeous poem that ponders identity with simply masterful metaphors. I recommend reading it twice." - Mackenzie Davis

Archeologist: Mackenzie Davis

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Whale Song

Written by: Celia in Underland

A heartbreaking poem about an all-too-real tragedy.

" ... sucked the breath out of me and in the vacuum, tears welled. Its not complex, or fussy, its as direct as a harpoon, piercing the skin and holding you, barbed, on the end of a rope to its end." - Hannah Moore

Archeologist: Hannah Moore

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Spring

Written by: Rachel Deeming

" ... all that I could feel the playfulness, the exuberance of the season evoked in the language, the flounces and flirtations if it, and at the same time the elusiveness of some of those sensory experiences that keeps us seeking and reaching out, just like the rest of nature at that time." - Hannah Moore

Archeologist: Hannah Moore

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Amber Moon

Written by: JBaz

A breath taking story about the ways of the world and the power of real love, even beyond the veil of death.

"There is a shining magic to this piece, a rhythm that allows the magic and fosters the acceptance of an altered reality the author offers to his protagonist to allow renewal, and there is something so affirming in that recognition of love as being enabling rather that disabling, as it can feel when we lose someone." - Hannah Moore

Archeologist: Hannah Moore

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Vacillations of a Restless Moon

Written by: Teresa Renton

" ... what I like about this piece is the way it lingers, like a memory, it take images that sit so readily in the consciousness that I can take my rose tinted spectacles off and still see them, fresh and pure and delicious, and eternal, like the moon." - Hannah Moore

Archeologist: Hannah Moore

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Voyage of the Chevalier: Episode 1 - A Nefarious Patron

Written by: Ian Read

" ... one of my favorites as it not only shows off his world-building prowess but talent in suspense and atmospheric writing. An incredible start to a fiction series." - Amanda Starks

Archeologist: Amanda Starks

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The Boy

Written by: Alexander McEvoy

A dark tale about the harsh realities that happen in a mining community and the perspectives of men that have to live with their choices.

Archeologist: Mackenzie Davis

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Screaming Flowers

Written by: Cathy Holmes

A poem about the symbolism of flowers and the life events they witness.

Archeologist: Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

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And so it Began...

Written by: Donna Fox

A tale about how one choice can change your entire destiny.

Archeologist: Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

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The Bay of Lost Souls

Written by: Mark Gagnon

"I read a few stories from this author and everyone has the ability to pull you into it. This one however is so well written you can feel, smell and experience the entire event as if you were there: Mark Gagnon is brilliant at bringing a story to life." - JBaz

Archeologist: JBaz

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We ate fish on Fridays

Written by: Hannah Moore

" ... this Poem totally tore me apart with the depth of love in every line and word." - JBaz

Archeologist: JBaz

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Molly

Written by: Donna Fox

" ... a definite read to any person who wishes to write Horror. Donna takes the reader on a ride that you can not forget and will have dreams about for a long time. A masterpiece and I cannot say more other wise I would be giving it away." - JBaz

Archeologist: JBaz

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Nanna

Written by: Celia in Underland

"Celia in Underland invites the reader to be apart of one of the saddest moments in her life, every line is a tribute of beauty." - JBaz

Archeologist: JBaz

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Aphasia

Written by: Mackenzie Daviss

"It's one of if not the most inventive and haunting exploration of grief and language, structured in a way where the essay becomes much more than the sum of it's parts." - Mesh Toraskar

Archeologist: Mesh ToraskarArcheologist: Mesh Toraskar

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By Friday December 15th, I will release the list of my finalists for you to vote on for the best treasure/ reserected piece.

Thank you all for your continued support!

- Donna Fox (HKB)

**Update: here's the list list of my top 5 to be voted on!**

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Donna Fox (HKB)

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Jogger's Trail and Fox in The Hole.

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  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Awesome!!!πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈ

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Whoa that is a long list to get through!! 😁 Congrats on your top story Donna!!

  • Kay Husnick4 months ago

    This is impressive! I wish I would have seen the challenge details sooner.

  • Amanda Starks4 months ago

    Yes!!! Wow, that is a long list that I'm going to devour this Christmas. ❀️ Thank you for doing this, and thank you to all the archeologists out there who dug up the pieces!! ✨️

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    Wonderful to see this here! Super congrats! 🀍 Still pondering!

  • Caroline Jane4 months ago

    42 nominations good grief! Wow! That's fab. ❀️

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    I think this has to be the most successful unofficial challenge that I've seen. What a great idea. Thank you forn this. Looks like I've got some reading to catch up on. Congrats on the TS.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    This idea is so creative I love it

  • Just wanted to say this is a great idea and I appreciate all the work that went into compiling this list, Donna. You talked about the problem of the graveyard and then went and did something about it. Not everyone has that kind of driveπŸ‘Œ

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Well done for this and well done on Top Story, Ms Fox!

  • Alexander McEvoy4 months ago

    HAHA!! TOP STORY!! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

  • JBaz4 months ago

    I keep reading and keep saying …ohh this one is good. This challenge was awesome, you outdid yourself. I like that I found new creators to follow and read. I do not see a lot of sleep in your near future. Three cheers for Donna.

  • Mackenzie Davis4 months ago

    Damn, there are a lot!!! I think everyone will understand if you expand the list a little bit. Let the voters do some of the work for you, Donna! Seriously, what an amazing challenge you set forth. Look at how much everyone has been loving it! (This must be my sole reading focus this week if Im gonna be a good voter later, lol.) Good luck!!! ❀️ And thank to Alex, Poppy, and Mesh! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ You are all amazing.

  • Omgggg, I don't know how are you gonna choose!! Soooo many awesome pieces! I gotta read the ones I've not. And also, thanks to Poppy, I found a new author, Dana Hartnett! Anyway, I wish you all the best for your choosing process. It's like I'm feeling secondhand stress for you, lol!

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Sorry. I never got around to entering. But this was a great idea. Good luck on picking the winners.

  • Brin J.4 months ago

    WOW! So many participants!!!! This got so much love and traction! <3 Look at everyone supporting each other's forgotten works😭. Great job, Donna. You're truly doing magic.

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    Oh...Busy today but saw notification and kind of wondered why on earth I had reads on a rather lost story! Thank you so much Hannah and Jbaz for the very kind suggestions. And thank you Donna for the great challenge. I have a lot of reading to do!

  • Poppy 4 months ago

    Ahh this is so exciting!! Thank you for doing this, it was a wonderful idea and I can’t wait for the voting part!!

  • Mark Gagnon4 months ago

    I'm honored to be included in this august group of talented writers. Donna, I don't know what made you develop this idea, but it is awe-inspiring. I don't know how you found the time. Thanks!

  • Alexander McEvoy4 months ago

    You're such an amazing person, Donna :) I'm so happy you did this challenge and honoured that two of my stories appeared on the list :3 Thank you so much for putting in the effort to curate this list. I don't envy you needing to choose a top 3 (or maybe 5) from such a star-studded selection as this one! Best of luck :) And also Thanks Mackenzie! You're too good to me :)

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Well, it looks like I have some reading to do. Great challege, Donna!

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    I love this challenge so much! Lots to read here, I'm hoping to get to quite a few!

  • JBaz4 months ago

    Thankfully I have many of these and even more thankful I get to read others I haven’t. Donna, you brought to life stories that needed to be unshelved. Thank you for giving all of us this opportunity

  • Great way of sharing the real creators on Vocal , excellent piece and probably a Top Story

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