OK, everyone, duck and cover – we’ve got stars shooting all over the place, and if you’re not careful, you might catch one in the eye. I mean: did you read the grid last week? I know you did, because the voting was fierce. I like to think it’s because I’m serving up the finest microstory challenge on the ‘net, but maybe it’s this big contest thing we’ve got going on. Did you miss the interstellar telegram? Here’s what you need to know: First, register for the contest by filling out this entry form. (You’ll need to do this each week you plan to enter.) Second, submit your gargleblaster microstory to the grid. Third, read all the entries and vote for your favorites as usual. Finally, check the winners’ post on Friday to see how the editors scored the entries across all three competitive grids. Gargleblaster microstories will be judged on how well you answer the ultimate question. Creativity, originality, and attention to language and detail are a must. You’ve only got 42 words: use them well. We’ve got cash and other great prizes lined up for the contest winners and the people who referred them to yeah write. Visit the contest page for the full scoop!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: what’s in it for me?
If you are serious about the contest – and you should be – please pay special attention to the guidelines. PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will get you bumped from the voting grid faster than typos, spelling or punctuation mistakes, or grammatical errors. You’ve only got 42 words; mistakes stick out. Don’t restate the question in your answer but do answer the question, keeping in mind that your post still has to make sense if your reader doesn’t know the question. Don’t use the question as your title or anywhere else in your piece. And remember, any words surrounding your gargleblaster — explanations, references, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit. Need a second set of eyes? Find yourself a writing partner over in the yeah write coffeehouse.
The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday
You can enter only one gargleblaster microstory, but all entries will show up on our submissions grid. Submissions are moderated. Up to 42 entries will be moved to the voting grid, which opens on Thursday. Everybody: read, comment, vote! If you don’t make the voting grid, don’t despair – you’ll get a detailed love letter from our wonderful submissions editor, Rowan G., letting you know what needed improvement. Email us or head over to our pages on Facebook and Twitter with any questions.
Winners will be announced on Friday
Look for Friday’s combined winners’ post to see the crowd favorites and editors’ picks from across all of our challenge grids.
What else is happening around here?
We’ve got the nonfiction grid opening on Mondays, the speakeasy for fiction and poetry on Tuesdays, the gargleblaster micro challenge on Wednesdays, and the come-one, come-all moonshine grid for the weekends. We’ve also got a great hangout space over at the coffeehouse. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly e-mail blast so you don’t miss out.