Writing is not so different from space travel, wouldn’t you agree? Some of us have just left the safety of our homeworld, heading out in search of new worlds and new stories to tell. It’s scary and exciting, spreading our tales across the galaxy. Some of us have been a long time gone, and we’re still searching for the right thing to say. Whether you’re a wide-eyed neophyte or a seasoned traveler, we’ve all got something to learn.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: where were you when the earth stopped turning?
This week’s question requires two things for a good answer: 1) a place, and 2) a major change or paradigm shift. You can answer this literally – a literal place, the actual earth stopping – or metaphorically – a place in your life, a life change. A good answer will have one specific person in one specific place (literal or metaphorical). Note that the question is in the past tense – your answer should be too. 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, word counts, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit.
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.