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The WINNERS of The Unreliable Narrator Literary Challenge

Sponsored by the Facebook Group: Vocal + Assist

By Rick Henry Christopher Published 18 days ago Updated 17 days ago 3 min read

The Unreliable Narrator Challenge was a big success!!! We had 15 entries. Each story was a work of art and special in its own way. Each writer showed their unique abilities to connect with their readers and create scenarios and plot twists that intrigue and thrill.

This was an especially challenging challenge as it took some real thought, strategy, and skill to write these stories. Therefore each entry is a winner just for the sake of putting the effort in and for having the courage to try something that took some real thought and creativity.

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Congratulations to all the writers that entered this challenge. Each and everyone of you are WINNERS!!!

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The following are the entered stories, with Top Story status marked for those that achieved it.

"Punchlined" by Celia in Underland

"The Varieties of Religious Experience" by C. Rommial Butler ✨TOP STORY✨

"Serve and Protect" by Paul Stewart

"Smile" by Alexandria Stanwyck

"A Session on the Psychiatrist's Couch" by Rachel Deeming

"Hello Mrs. Lampson" by Rick Henry Christopher (Judge's entry not qualified for challenge prize)

"The Midway" by D.A. Ratliff

"Bodies of Bone and Blood" by Novel Allen ✨TOP STORY✨

"Grannie Annie" by Mother Combs (Judge's entry not qualified for challenge prize)

"A Hypochondriac Visits the Dentist" by Scott Christenson

"The Retired Hitman" by Novel Allen

"Paracusia" by Hannah Moore

"She Was Emma" by Rebekah Conard ✨TOP STORY✨

"Video Footage of Missing Girl" by Maureen Y. Palmer

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Unreliable Challenge announcement post was also a ✨TOP STORY✨


Our Cast of Judges were Mother Combs, Grz Colm, and Rick Henry Christopher. As judges we stuck to a 30 point criteria. Each story was judged fairly.

You can read more about the judges in the Update article:

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✨Now to Announce the Winners!!!✨

Initially there were going to be two winners. But we decided to add a few runners-up we have in total FIVE winners.

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Maureen Palmer's "Video Footage of Missing Girl," Alexandria "Stanwyck's Smile," and Paul Stewart's "Serve and Protect"

Congratulations you will each receive a $2 tip via Vocal Media!!!

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Novel Allen's "The Retired Hitman"

Congratulations Novel you will receive a $5 tip via Vocal Media!!!

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Rachel Deeming's "A Session on the Psychiatrist's Couch"

Congratulations Rachel you will receive a $10 tip via Vocal Media!!!

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Thank you to everyone that participated in this challenge. Thank you to Grz Colm and Mother Combs for being judges. Thank you to the people that read the stories!!!

Finally, thank you to River Joy for coming up with the idea of doing an Unreliable Narrator challenge. This was great fun and a great idea!!!

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Stay tuned for the next Vocal + Assist challenge coming very soon. This one will be a light hearted one... look out for some great fun!!!

With Love, RHC ❤️

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Rick Henry Christopher

Writing is a distraction for me. It takes me to places unknown that fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and a soothing of the breaks and bruises of the day.


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  • The Dani Writer14 days ago

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to all who entered and all who placed.

  • Naveed17 days ago

    Yay, big congrats to all the winners! 🎉😁

  • Wooohooooo congratulations to all the winners! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Grz Colm18 days ago

    Congrats Rachel! 🎉🎉 Thanks so much for your work in organising this challenge Rick and having me on the panel! Really appreciated it. It’s amazing there were so many top stories too! 😁

  • Novel Allen18 days ago

    Oh wow. Congrats Rachel, runners-up and all the entrants, and thank you guys so much for the great honor of being placed. I too am cock-a-hooped and chuffed 😫. I have to read and reread what I have missed. Great job judges, and can't wait for the fun challenge coming up. whoo hooo

  • woo, thank you judges! :D (and congrats to the winners + other runners-up!)

  • Well done, well played, well organized, well judged, well....

  • Congrats everyone! Now I just need to sit down and read everyone's entries. I can't wait.

  • D. A. Ratliff18 days ago

    Congratulations to the winners! All exceptional stories, well-deserved wins, and great submissions to this clever challenge.

  • JBaz18 days ago

    I found this one to challenging for my mind to come up with any ideas. So I say to all who entered this: CONGRATULATIONS. Well done

  • Hannah Moore18 days ago

    Well done everyone! This was surprisingly challenging!

  • Rachel Deeming18 days ago

    THANK YOU! What a lovely surpise! I am very excited, hence the caps! So chuffed (British for pleased)! I missed some of the other entries which I am disappointed about but I am off to check them out and thanks for the awesome challenge. Thanks, Rick, Grz and Mother Combs. I am cock-a-hoop (British again for pleased)!

  • Paul Stewart18 days ago

    Thank you very much and congratulations to everyone else! Will definitely be going back through and reading any I may have missed!

  • Mother Combs18 days ago

    Thank you for allowing me to be on your panel of judges. It was an honor to do so, and I enjoyed it.

  • Tiffany Gordon 18 days ago

    Congratulations Everyone!!!!

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