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Frazzled? Is that a good word to describe the world right now?

After a few weeks of avoidance and preoccupation I’m coming back into writing regularly again. I’ve taken to journaling. Somehow I’d forgotten from back in my junior high days that daily casual writing is a great tool to release some of the pressures of an anxious time. And it’s already inspired some more serious writing projects.

Speaking of anxious, remember to read the submission guidelines before you press post or hit send, especially if you are new around here (Welcome!). Have a favorite yeah writer or two? Why not ask them to be your writing partner? Everyone needs another set of eyes to point out the typos, word repetitions, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts.

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to Paige Vest, the winner of the first ever yeah write fiction super challenge! Let’s give a big round of applause to the runners-up: Jaimie Smith-Windsor and Amy Palen! Read some of our 10 finalists stories and learn more about the competition.

Prompt up!

Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.

This week’s Prompt Up taken from Melony’s essay The Case is: We are haunted by similar stories.

More prompts for  you

Give our echo poem a try or read this month’s nonfiction know-how to learn what you need to know to decide whether or not to post something that might hurt others’ feelings.

Yeah write #293 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 challenge grid 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

Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

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