Is this your first time here? Writers are readers!

Welcome! If you have a well-told personal essay or traditional blog anecdote to share with us, and it’s no longer than 600 words, please feel free to join us for our friendly little writing competition. Check out our FAQ and other details on our how yeah write works page. If you’ve read and read and you can’t figure out, please email us and we’ll help start you on your way. Read and read some more before sending us the crankiest email you’ve ever written, though. It’s the kind and courteous thing to do.

If short fiction and poetry is your gig, please head over to the speakeasy for some prompted goodness. This week and next week will be the final speakeasy grids for the summer, so make the most of it.

Our basic mission—to develop and showcase the writing talent of our community

Wait. Maybe we have two. One is to showcase the talents of the best writers who come our way. The other is to help our beginning and emerging writers find their talent. Most of the year, we accomplish this dual mission by setting and displaying examples, but it’s over the summer we take the time to be very hands-on about it. For the entire month of July 2013, Sundays included, we’ll be hosting the yeah write version of ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series. 

You know us: we’re not gonna just teach you to be a better blogger, we’re gonna teach you to be a better writer and, possibly, a better person, mainly because your Aunt Selina specifically wrote to us about the thing last holiday. Don’t act all surprised: you know what you did. And we’re gonna handle it all month long.

Stay tuned for details. For those of you who budget for good things ahead of time: the ProBlogger book we’ll be following is $29.99. The yeah write narrative sessions will be $45 a week. Take one weekly narrative session along with the 31DBBB series or take all four. Take the writing session and skip 31DBBB, follow along with 31DBBB and skip the writing sessions. Whatever your calendar or budget will allow, all scheduled within the month of July. Watch your yeah write email blast for the registration form.

Are you a yeah write supporting subscriber at the $10/mo. level, originally signed up for at least 12 months? Are you planning on becoming a yeah write supporting subscriber at the $10/mo. level, signing up for at least 12 months? If this is you by June 15, you can register for one of the four narrative session at no charge. Perks have perks. Watch your email.

Yeah write #110 weekly writing challenge is open

The grid is open submissions. What’s the grid? It’s the array of thumbnail avatars right below this body of text you blew past on the first read-through. You can add what you want as long as it meets our submission guidelines. If it doesn’t meet the guidelines and you add it anyway, please wait by your inbox for a love letter from our submissions editor. The letter will contain everything you need for a properly edited submission. And love. It may contain love.

Speaking of love

Please leave any questions, concerns or sweet talk in comments. We always want to know when you’re reading or listening or just hanging out. Need a super secret, I’m-paying-attention phrase? Um, lessee. How about “We’re out of lobster already?”

Odds, ends, reminders

  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Your post can be dated no earlier than May 19th, the day the yeah write #110 badges were officially posted
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. US eastern [-4 GMT]
  • It is limited to 50 bloggers
  • Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern [-4 GMT]
  • The winners’ post will be published by noon on Friday
  • Our new weekend moonshine grid will open Friday at 6 p.m. and close Monday by 12:01 a.m. US eastern [-4 GMT]
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests
  • Combining your yeah write post with other blog events meant to maximize your exposure and minimize your effort is a no-no