Who’s ready to drop a match into a powder keg and see what happens? The gargleblaster microstory challenge comes and goes in a flash, so I hope you’re ready for the big bang.
Back to moderation
In addition, there has been a change in the voting schedule: voting will now open one hour later, at 11 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, so we can ensure all submissions are reviewed before voting opens. Submissions will still close at 10 PM Eastern on Wednesday, and voting will still close at 10 PM Eastern time on Thursday.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: what’s burning?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: a fire, real or metaphorical, and the thing that’s burning. As usual, note the tense of the question. We’re not asking what burned yesterday, will burn next week, or would burn if you poured enough lighter fuel on it. 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. (The only exception is source attributions for attached images.) Also: don’t tell us your microstory is 42 words. We know that.
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.