Bring your best stuff

When you bring your work to yeah write, we always want it to be your best stuff.

“Why does it have to be my best?” you ask. “Why can’t I just link up whatever I want?”

Here’s the answer: yeah write has always been and will always be a weekly writing challenge, not a link up. There is nothing wrong with a traditional link up (we have one, it’s the moonshine grid, open on weekends), but that’s just not what we do Tuesday through Thursday. The challenge grid is where we want to see your talent for writing, your affinity for the micro-essay, and your ability to engage us with a compelling narrative.

Here, we are bloggers who write and writers who blog. While we never want to imply that one is better than the other, writing and blogging aren’t necessarily the same thing. And for purposes of this writing challenge, we are looking for high-quality essays that tell a story with a central conflict and what we lovingly refer to as a so what. If you’re not sure what any of that means, check out the submission guidelines.

We have some big shoes to fill

We are looking to fill the role of submissions editor here at yeah write. Think you have what it takes? You can still apply here but act fast because the applications are piling in! Wondering what exactly the submissions editor needs to look for in each submission? Check out the handy, dandy vote-o-rama spreadsheet. (Hint: This is what the editors are looking for in your submission, too!)

When you commit to bringing your very best stuff, the submissions editor, as well as the rest of the editorial team, will know that this is the best you have to offer. We know what to expect from you.

But really, why?

We’re back to the original question. Who cares if this week you phone it in by writing your post at 11:45 EST on Wednesday night?

All of us care. Each and every editor, writer, and reader cares. First, we don’t want to read stuff that isn’t your best and, frankly, why would you want us to? Second, when a post isn’t the best it could be, it brings down the cumulative integrity of the challenge. Third, we want to attract talented writers and encourage everyone to up their game. How better to accomplish that than for each person to commit every week to giving it our all?

When you know your work is the best you have to offer, it will show. A grid of everyone’s best work will make yeah write continue to be the place every one wants to be each week. Together, we can build our writing portfolios, build our followings and boost each other’s traffic, and build our confidence as writers and readers of quality work.

What say you? Are you up to the challenge?

Odds, ends, reminders

  • The badge you will need to add to your planned submission is over in the sidebar
  • This immediate past Sunday is the earliest your submission can be dated
  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Personal essays or traditional blog anecdotes only
  • There are no weekly prompts; the topic is yours. Be compelling
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • There is voting. Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
  • The challenge grid is limited to 50 bloggers
  • The winners’ post will be published by noon on Friday
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests

Yeah write #144 is open…


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