By the time most of you are reading this, I’ll be either at Reagan National Airport or in the air on my way home to Houston. For the first time in 19 months, I won’t be available to obsess over the Tuesday grid submissions as they come in.  And that’s a good thing.

By the time most of you are reading this, I’ll be separated from my husband Q’s bachelor fridge with its top shelf of hard cider, hard lemonade and varieties of sharp cheddar and on my back back to my kid-necessary top shelf of low-fat milk, sippy cups and apple slices in the deli drawer. And, uh, that’s a good thing. I guess. Dunno. Look at this thing:

this could be made better only by a liter of vodka in the freezer


$100 Amazon gift card challenge

The challenge kicked off last week, and there are three weeks to go. Meaning there is plenty of time for you to join in even if you’d never even heard of us until today. 

On the challenge grid, you can earn from one to five points depending on your final grid row once voting closes, plus, if you win an editor’s pick, you get 10 extra points.

At the speakeasy, you can earn from one to five points depending on your final grid row, plus an extra 10 points for finishing in the top three.

click to embiggen


Challenge grid v. the speakeasy

The challenge grid is primarily for blog anecdotes, personal essays and creative nonfiction pieces. Quick primer: for yeah write purposes, the personal anecdote is the well-told blog story we love to read, the personal essay centers around the person writing the essay and should reveal a new perspective on the original topic before the essay concludes. Creative nonfiction, though it may contain a personal story, has more of a global focus with a subject matter requiring research.

The challenge grid is moderated by our submissions editor. Check all the helpful links further down in this post for details if you need them. Another micro-primer: 1,000-word limit, no fiction or poetry but it still must tell a story. 

The speakeasy is reserved for fiction and poetry. It’s open submissions with Flood checking only if your post meets genre requirements.

Challenge grid and speakeasy badges

For today’s challenge grid and speakeasy, there are badges in the sidebar for you to grab by copying the code from the box below the graphic then pasting it into the HTML view of your post draft. It’s better if you not only paste into the HTML view, but hit publish while still in the HTML view. That should solve some of the difficulties some of you have been having getting the badge to show in your published post.

Current results for $100 Amazon gift card challenge

You can view the entire challenge results from yeah write #78 by clicking here for the public spreadsheet. The challenge is just our fun way for saying thanks to our regulars for sticking with us throughout all of the recent changes here at yeah write. It’s also a fun way to numb the shock of our newcomers. Once the card is yours, you can buy what you want, but we are recommending the 10 books suggested in this Brain Pickings article How to Read Like a Writer

Don’t forget, you can always enter this contest for charity or a school classroom or a family in need just in time for the holidays. If you earn the card and plan to give it away to someone, I’ll add $50 to the amount and forward the card to your designated recipient on your behalf (anonymously if requested).

Helpful links




Optional supernatural prompt

Just as the speakeasy is joining us for the gift card challenge, we are joining the speakeasy in its Broken Magic promotion with an optional writing prompt for our blog anecdotes, personal essays and creative fiction. The photo prompt:

Yeah write #79 is open. Bring us your best stuff.