yeah write #77 weekly writing challenge grid is open: bring us your best personal essay or personal anecdote

New to the yeah write weekly writing challenge?

Welcome! Some things around here are self-explanatory, some are not so splanatory, but be of good cheer and don’t get frustrated. Feel your way around if you’re not a RTFM kinda person. If reading the instruction manual from cover to cover is more your style, check out the helpful links below. Sunday’s post contains optional writing prompts. If you get stuck, feel free to email Flood G or email Erica M and we’ll get you turned in the right direction.

Creative non-fiction and personal essays belong here on the challenge grid. A list of winners will be selected Friday by yeah write editors and by yeah write readers who email Erica M a vote-o-rama tracker complete with scores for each submission by Thursday. Feel free to jump right into the fray by downloading a copy of the vote tracker, filling it out and sending it to me, whether or not you decide to join the grid.

Fiction, poetry and photography are now over at the speakeasy. Flood will soon enough open up those entries to a popular vote.

Back on the challenge grid this week?

Hey, welcome back!  If it’s been a while, we’ve missed you. If it’s been a long while, you and the virgins can share textbooks. Submissions are moderated and limited to a hard count of 1,000 words. Voting is no longer accepted anonymously from the world wide web; editors and readers will be scoring each entry as a series of closed votes.

If you stayed off the grid all butthurt over family-free month, come on back. We, uh, totally wanna hear all about that thing your kid said that was so funny. Click here to read Monday’s post for more details.

Starting next week for the rest of October, while the speakeasy is in full Broken Magic mode as yeah write helps promote a yeah write subscriber’s book release, the challenge grid will play along using supernatural themes as our optional writing prompts. Creative non-fiction meets magical realism. I may have to write something for the challenge grid, that sounds so yummy.

Oh, didn’t I mention this? Because any reader can vote using the tracking spreadsheet—with those on the grid required to score their own entries—yeah write editors are now free to compete on the challenge grid like anyone else. Oh, it is on. 

Comment karma

Comment karma is a wonderful reminder of how we all need support and love and thoughtful comments. Visit and comment on every blog on the challenge grid and the comment karma badge will be yours.

Custom constructive criticism from the yeah write editors is now available for 15 bucks

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  • Trying to figure out your “so what”?
  • Getting off track each week with your narrative?
  • Wondering why the editors scored your entry lower or higher than all the others?

[/arrow_list]You can now request detailed feedback on any previous yeah write grid entry—challenge or speakeasy—from a yeah write contributing editor. Either editor chosen to write your feedback will be qualified as a professional writer with an academic background. We are no slouches in the department of the written word here at yeah write.[/three_fourth_last]

Even though we are only accepting orders for past grid submissions, your custom feedback will help for any future ones. Choose any of your past submissions: last week’s challenge, a speakeasy from weeks ago, or go all the way back to lovelinks for just $15 each. Click here to order.

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Helpful links for virgins and the more experienced



Yeah write #77 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions…


9 Responses to “yeah write #77 weekly writing challenge grid is open: bring us your best personal essay or personal anecdote”

  1. “all butthurt” might have just become my favorite phrase. I’m going to have to use that very soon.

  2. Can I kindly request that you lovely peeps all add name/url option to your comments. It makes it so much easier for me to comment.

    • I don’t understand the request. Add the name and URL where? In your comments on your blog?

      • When you comment on someone’s blog, there are often options to use different profiles like Google, LiveJournal, Open ID, etc. The one I can use most readily is Name/URL. If it’s not there, I have to use my LiveJournal account to respond and I DON’T WANT TO. I want to link back to my blog.

        Make sense?

      • I think she’s asking the people who use blogger who linkup with Yeah-write to allow commenters to select the ‘name/url’ option. Many have the system system set to just allow a few things, like Google ID or Open ID. But If your blog isn’t on blogger, and if you use a system that doesn’t come with an automatic open ID, it can be hard to get your comment to go through on blogger, especially if you want to hook your comment to your URL.


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