yeah write #97 weekly writing challenge winners: jury prize, crowd favorite and top row five

Welcome, yeah write virgins!

There were three yeah write virgins on our grid this week, plus we got to welcome back a returning yeah write addict. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we’d love to see you again next week. Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

Jury prize winner—invitational grid

“The End of the World As We Know It” by Sarah Piazza at Splitting Infinitives

This was the first week since the invitational grid was introduced in early January that the jury prize winner came from the Internet-at-large. The invitational grid is a mix of selections from the yeah write challenge grid and off-grid entries found by the editors as we’re scouring the web looking for interesting stories that fit our guidelines.

Sarah’s story of the experience before, during and—in a profound fragment of foreshadowing—after her mother’s cancer draws the reader into a prose filled with jerks and turns and fits and starts which eventually reveals Sarah’s not yet done with it. There are holes, there are questions Sarah deftly leaves unanswered because it’s her moment to share and it’s none of our business, these whys and what fors. A passage:

The following morning my mother and I were tender with one another. She was an exceptional sick person—in that role, with people waiting on her, she was in her element. Until she asked for a mirror, and the young nurse, not in the least understanding the essential psychological fragility of the patient to whom she’d been assigned, poor thing, obliged.

 What happened in the immediate, Sarah tells us. What happened in the days and years passing, Sarah keeps to herself, but the reader accepts how grim it must have been. The final line lets no one off lightly.

Thank you, Sarah, for allowing us to poach your story to share with our writing challenge community. Congratulations on the jury prize win from our panel of editors. There’s a winner’s badge in the sidebar to the right, and we’d be honored if you’d display it on the winning post on your blog.



crowd favorite—challenge grid

“Que Sera Sera” by Linda Roy at Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom

A mother-daughter relationship caught the attention of our popular voters as well. Linda explores with us the sometimes difficult, but always fascinating roles she and her mother have played in each other’s lives over the years. 

Congrats, Linda, on your very first yeah write weekly writing challenge crowd favorite win. The next line would usually ask you to grab your winner’s badge from the sidebar, but we see you’ve already got it installed in your winning post. Go, girl.

 

Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time!

Tell your friends! Yeah write is also open on the weekends—no editors, no voting, no writer’s block—just hanging out in the clearing among the trees and discarded moonshine jugs. Use this chance to show the yeah write community the other side  of your blog—your top 10 lists, your stream-of-consciousness posts, that hilarious text message exchange with your brother. No commercial or sponsored posts allowed, but this will be a good space for letting us all know when you have a cool blog event coming up.

The moonshine grid opens at 6 p.m. eastern time each Friday and will close by 12:01 a.m. each Monday. Grab the badge from the sidebar and go find the perfect post to share!

Win-win

The thumbnails are now sorted in the grid from most votes to the least. In the case of a tie, the thumbnails are additionally sorted by page views. Part of the top row five? Please grab a winners’ badge from the sidebar and display it proudly on your own blog. Congrats!

Do not be discouraged if your blog has landed near the bottom of the grid; it is always a tight race. The fun lies in getting better exposure for your blog and in the spirit of competition as incentive to improve your writing and blogging skills. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.

Thanks again, everybody, for linking up, for reading, for accepting the weekly writing challenge. And for making yeah write the most welcoming spot on the Interwebs for writers who blog and bloggers who write.



3 responses to “yeah write #97 weekly writing challenge winners: jury prize, crowd favorite and top row five”

  1. Sarah Piazza [Fri] 22 Feb 13 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you for selecting my piece. I am pleased and honored to have been chosen.

  2. Ken [Fri] 22 Feb 13 at 12:42 pm #

    Thank you, guys. I was surprised that I did so well. As always, in the time that I’ve been coming here, there were so many great posts. I feel honored to have made the top row in such a talented field.

    Not sure when, but I shall return! :)

    • Erica M [Fri] 22 Feb 13 at 1:01 pm #

      Congrats on top row five. Take your time about returning. No pressure, we’ll be here.

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