Hold on tight! We’re about to slingshot around the moon and head back out for another round of gargleblasters. We’re chasing down the best microstories this side of Ganymede, and I’m pretty sure we’ll find them over this way. Have you found a story you lost? Did you stumble across an answer hidden where you least expected it? Or did you know where it was all along? Tell us about it in 42 words exactly.
A special shout-out to Rachel at Discontented Oyster who took third place in yeah write’s fall writing contest with her microstory Traps! If you haven’t read it, do it now. It’s a perfect example of how to answer the ultimate question with a complete story. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of our contest winners. Congratulations to all!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: where did you find it?
This week’s question requires two things for a good answer: an object (real or abstract), and the place where it was hidden or located. Also: pay attention to tense! A few other reminders:
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.
Keep in mind that your post 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, footnotes, shout-outs, 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 may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. Submissions are moderated. All entries will show up on our submissions grid, and 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.