yeah write #83 weekly writing challenge is open

yeah write #83 weekly writing challenge is open

yeah write #83 weekly writing challenge is open

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 this week’s optional photo prompt. If you get stuck, feel free to email Flood G or email Erica M and we’ll get you turned in the right direction.

The challenge grid is for the personal essay, traditional blog anecdote or creative nonfiction. Flood’s speakeasy is reserved for poetry and fiction. Either one will help you find your blogging tribe, and we’ll be glad to have you.

Call for community moderators

Next week for yeah write #84, the week of American Thanksgiving, open submissions will return to the yeah write challenge grid. Open submissions and open voting. No moderation, no spreadsheet voting. Just good ol’ throwing up whatever you want onto the grid then figuring out the best way to thwart the one vote per IP address, yellow star vote clicking, crushing all opponents, quality and personal merit be damned. You know—the good old days.

The editors will be offline that week, doing whatever we want, so we’ll need about five volunteer community moderators. In comments, please let us know if you’ll be willing to commit to monitoring grid submissions for the standard yeah write no-nos: commercial posts, links to other people’s promotional events, defamatory and/or inflammatory posts or behavior. We’ll also need volunteers to tweet the grid on Tuesday and Wednesday, then another to tweet the GOTV for each submission on Thursday. If you can help out, we’ll email the details.

The moderated grid will return for yeah write #85.

Final week for donating to Jon Alex’s veteran’s memorial project

If yeah write has provided any good value for you, won’t you please consider donating to Erica’s son Jon Alex’s veteran’s memorial service project? Your donation will purchase a wreath to be laid at the grave of a serviceman at Houston Memorial Cemetery. Jon Alex has already met his original goal thanks to 10 grateful yeah write readers and a few friends and family, but there is still time for you to contribute to this worthwhile cause. We’d hate for even one graveside to go without. Please click here to help.

Custom constructive criticism from the yeah write editors is now available for 40 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 $40 each. Click here to order.

Helpful links for virgins and the more experienced



Yeah write #83 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions. We’re using the new Inlinkz widget that may not play well with Internet Explorer browsers. If you’re unable to interact with the grid directly from the yeah write post, here is the RSS feed for this collection that will update with each new submission.


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  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 9:42 pm

    I can help in any way you want, except probably not Thursday/Thanksgiving. But if you need tweeters or grid police on Tu/Wed, sign me up!

    • Erica M [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 9:47 pm

      Wednesday tweeter, please! I’ll email the details tomorrow or thereabouts. Thanks so much, Stacie.

      • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 10:07 pm

        I can’t wait to make up crazy tweet puns re people’s posts. I’m gonna put my creative hat on 🙂 But I probably can’t outdo Kristen…

  • Gina [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 9:21 pm

    My kids come home Friday. Five college girls descend Sun-Tues, in-laws Wed-Sat. Excuses, excuses. Please know I would help. Wishing our awesome Editors a blissful week off from their YW responsibilities. May the time be spent making happy memories with family and friends. I’ll just be cooking.

  • IASoupMama [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 9:50 am

    Erica — if you haven’t had anyone step forward to moderate submissions, I’d love to do it. It may take a little longer than it does when y’all are moderating, but if everyone can be patient, I’ll get through them all!

    • Erica M [Wed] 14 Nov 12 at 10:23 am

      Public reply: the entries will all publish immediately without being sent to a moderation queue. I’ll just need a couple of people to click on each submission checking for spam, self-promotional posts and other standard yeah write no-nos. Thanks for helping out!

  • Stasha [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 12:28 pm

    You always give back. Love that about you bookreadinginthetub ladies.

    • Erica M [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 12:52 pm

      Aw, thank you! Trying to be the good we’d like to see in the world.

  • Michelle Longo [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 7:10 am

    Hi. I’d be happy to tweet the GOTV. Let me know if you want me to do it!

    • Erica M [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 12:53 pm

      Do it! I’ll email you when my brain awakes.

  • Azara [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 12:08 am

    I’m having trouble adding my link. It says error: no backlink, but the badge is showing on my post and when I click it, it goes to Yeah Write. Any suggestions?

    • Erica M [Tue] 13 Nov 12 at 12:26 am

      Ignore the reply I sent in email. I had to investigate further. Your badge should work now and you can remove the hyperlinks you’ve graciously installed near the badge in your post. Sorry for the confusion.