The November contest is here. Bring us your fiction and poetry.
One of my favorite quotes about writing is by John Steinbeck:
The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
If you’ve ever tried to write a story about falling in love or grieving a loss, you may have found yourself leaning on clichéd adjectives to fill out the wordlessness because nothing seems adequate to explain how these experiences affect us. So here’s my second favorite quote. Mark Twain said, “As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.”
As you bring your best writing to the yeah write contest, think about how you find words for wordlessness. Is it really a broken heart? Maybe that sorrow is more like being in a coma, unable to respond to the kind words of family hovering around the bed.
Writing should be the act of gathering up symbols, which leads me to our optional prompt for this week:
What is written in the stone?
While your first reaction might be “nothing,” think again! Think deeper. Which stone? A monument, artifact, curling equipment? What could be written? An epitaph? A secret? Feel free to use this prompt to inspire your short story or poem. Or write about something completely different. Either way, bring us your best writing in 500 words (600, grace) or less.
November writing contest starts now
What could be more rewarding than writing? Cash, chocolate, books? Just be sure to register for the contest–fill out this entry form. We have cash and prizes for the three best in the competition as well as matching prizes for those who refer the winners to us. So spread the word! Your entry will be scored on its compelling intro, cohesive narrative, rise and fall in the action and a solid conclusion. General rules of each genre apply; our submissions editor is a stickler for them. Creativity and originality count extra. Visit the contest page for all you need to know about yeah write and our contest.
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