I sometimes wonder what it must be like to float adrift among the stars in utter silence, nothing between me and space except for a thin metal shell. Would it be more beautiful for the stillness? More awe-inspiring to watch the stars whirl and spin? Or would I long for the simple sound of footsteps in the hall, voices in the darkness, raindrops on the roof? Sometimes I think it’s easier to listen when there’s nothing to listen to.
Of course, as the mother of two little boys, I know that sometimes the most chilling sound is no sound at all. ‘Scuse me, I gotta run. It’s way too quiet in the living room…
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: what do you hear in these sounds?
This week’s question is brought to you by Dar Williams and requires three things for a good answer: you, the thing(s) you hear and what meaning you find in the sound(s). Maybe you hear footsteps, and it means someone’s outside your door. Maybe you hear birdsong, and it makes you think of those girls in high school who kept talking behind your back. Be creative, but answer the question.
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. Check the yeah write submission guidelines for details.
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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.
Voting schedule change
You might have noticed that we changed up the voting schedule. We’re now taking an hour between when the grids close and voting opens to ensure that the editorial staff will have time to review all submissions before voting opens. That means that the voting grids will be open from 11:00 pm Eastern US time on Wednesday until 10:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday.
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.