Good things come to those who wait

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for 2017, starting with our January writing challenges.

I’ll admit it; I did a little happy dance when we finally settled on this month’s poetry slam: couplets. As Rowan put it, they’re like microstories, which many of you know are near and dear to my heart. If you resolved to do more writing in 2017, I hope you’ll give them a try. (Who am I kidding? We all resolved to write more, didn’t we?) Just remember: couplets may look easy, but writing short is ten times harder than writing long. Take your time and be thoughtful about your word choices.

But wait! There’s more!

The poetry slam is not the only thing making me jump for joy this month. Please help us welcome Asha Rajan to the yeah write team! Asha is a creative nonfiction and fiction writer living near Perth, Australia. Her writing has been featured in PANK, SheKnows, Modern Loss, and It Starts With Hope. She blogs at Parenting In the Wilderness and FlAsha Tales, and she is a contributing editor at Dead Housekeeping. On top of all that, she’s a lovely person. Keep an eye out for her on the site, in the coffeehouse, and on the grids.

As a favor to our newest editor, please remember to read the submission guidelines before you press post or hit send. 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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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.

So, um, thanks for making the last week of 2016 special for me. I wrote about one of my dearest childhood friends in my essay Rebel Alliances. It was a hard story to write, and your votes really boosted my warmed my heart. The prompt up taken from my essay is: “We shrank down into the puckered green vinyl of the seats.”

More prompts for you

You’re going to want to check out this month’s nonfiction know-how on making connections with your writing, especially if you’re thinking of entering our next super challenge for short creative nonfiction. (Registration opens later today.) Even if you lean more fiction than non, there’s plenty to learn from Rowan’s latest lesson.

Yeah write #299 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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