Cocktails, seersucker and exotic travel: all yours at yeah write

I’ve been reading Homer’s The Iliad aloud to my kids and, mercy, it’s violent.  I don’t know what else I expected from the story of the Trojan War, but what I’m getting is a lot of face-to-face combat with swords, spears and rocks, all dressed up in dactylic hexameter.  My boys love it.  And I am so ready to read at least thirty (ahem) great posts about civilized adult stuff: walking around Rome with girlfriends, reading a romance novel in a bathroom stall  to avoid a cocktail party, dressing up in seersucker and pearls for a meeting with an editor.  While you’re all preparing to make my week, don’t forget to read your post aloud, check your word count (500 best, under 600 acceptable) and ask yourself the terrifying question: “What is the so what of this lovely post?”  Then maybe someone could bring me a big glass of bathtub gin before the next spear whizzes by. . .

Our weekly friendly competition and our weekend relaxation

The challenge grid is where we want to see your personal essays and traditional blog anecdotes. Choose moments and stories that will show off your writer’s voice, and come back to vote for your favorites on Thursday.  Make sure you have a so what, a central conflict, and keep your submission under 600 words.  If the challenge grid hits thirty submissions, the editors will add the best posts to an invitational grid and award a jury prize to the best of the best.  The speakeasy is on summer vacation so no distinct grid for fiction or poetry right now but. . .in the mood for anything goes? On Friday, the moonshine grid has just what you need.

Is this your first time here? Welcome!

Welcome, virgins! Please read our beautiful new “how yeah write works” page and you’ll soon be cranking out yeah write posts like a veteran. The word count for a challenge grid post is 500 words and we’ll forgive an extra 100 if you must. If you need help navigating our site and our quirky submission guidelines, please email us with any questions.

Five more days until 31dbbb kicks off at yeah write!

All throughout July, we’ll be following ProBlogger’s 31 days to build a better blog workbook.

Some sample topics:

  • develop a plan to boost your blog’s profile and readership online
  • develop an editorial calendar for your blog
  • write an elevator pitch for your blog
  • make your blog mobile browser friendly
  • write a review post

We’ll guide our readers through each daily exercise, giving tips based on our combined experience as writers and bloggers. A good, productive time will be had by all. More details are on our yeah write 31dbbb page. If you’ll be joining us, be sure to add your blog to the list of participants.

Grab your badges

The badge for the challenge grid contains the HTML code you need for the Inlinkz app to accept your submission. It’s available in the sidebar, right underneath the “be the first to know” yeah write email blast subscription box and list of quick links. Be sure to paste the code into the html-view of your post before publishing. Your post cannot be dated earlier than June 23rd.

Odds, ends, reminders

  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Your post can be dated no earlier than June 23rd, the day the yeah write #115 badges were officially posted
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • It is limited to 50 bloggers
  • Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
  • The winners’ post will be published at noon on Friday
  • The weekend moonshine grid will open Friday around 6 p.m. and close Monday by 12:01 a.m.
  • 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

Bring us your best stuff. Bring your friends to read, write and vote. Yeah write #115 is open. . .