I’ve had my nose in old newspapers all weekend. No, you’re not going to see me on the next season of Hoarders. I’ve been collecting the dirt on my ancestors. Did you know newspapers in the early 20th century listed the land purchases, the dinner guests, the vacations, even the received correspondences of the populace? It’s unreal the information you can learn, or the short story ideas that can evolve.

I learned that while my great-grandfather was attending his son’s wedding day his barn and wheat silo burned to the ground. Was it arson or a clumsy horst?

I learned that a great-granduncle was declared missing in the newspaper. His wife and family had to move in with her parents. Shoes and clothes were discovered on the riverbank in town, but it was determined they weren’t his when he finally walked down his street fully dressed and cobbled. Where in blazes did he go? But enough about my family, let’s talk about the yeah write family.

Only 4 more days until the other editors abandon me and hang out together at Long Beach Comic Con. If you’re there, make sure you hunt them down at the yeah write booth and drop in on their panel, The Future of Digital Storytelling.

While we’re on the subject, make sure you check out The Only Living Boy. Author David Gallaher and illustrator Steve Ellis teamed up to create an unforgettable adventure story. We’ll be interviewing David the week after Long Beach Comic Con, and Steve is graciously providing the prizes for our on-site microstory contest.

Moderation returns September 20

Time to dust off your school supplies, as we’ll be back in session pretty soon. If you need to take a minute during study hall, review the submission guidelines before we hit the books.

Meet our members

Yeah write is a 100% volunteer run organization, and we couldn’t do what we do without the support of some amazing members. Why don’t you swing by and see who they are? While you’re there, give them a big thank you, or maybe a hug. And if you’re so inclined, consider becoming a member yourself.

Who was that masked man?

The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. Capes and masks are also optional, though we’d all love to see you embrace your inner superhero. Already have a different story thought up? No problem! Use the prompt only if you need it.

Oh so lonely

Need a bit more? For this month’s focus on fiction, we are embarking on the hero’s journey with the monomyth. In the poetry corner we’ll be exploring the Japanese art of tanka.

Still drawing a blank? You can also find writing exercises in the coffeehouse to get things started. You’ll notice we moved it to a Facebook group: much easier access and interact!

Is this your first trip to Gotham?

Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. If you don’t think you can remember to check back every Sunday, sign up for our email blasts. We send them directly to your inbox. No fuss!

Yeah write #230 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!

Basic yeah write guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the fiction|poetry badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog

This summer all our grids are unmoderated, which means submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…

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