It’s Wednesday somewhere in the Universe and you know what that means: time for the gargleblaster microstory challenge. I’m glad it’s only a microstory, though. This week’s been kind of macro in my corner of the galaxy and it’ll be nice to sit back, have a pint of Romulan Ale, and craft a 42 word answer to the ultimate question.
Who’s on Fourth
Don’t forget to catch Arden’s interview with last week’s microstory editors’ pick, Jennifer of Graceful Press Poetry! She talks about poetry, her writing process and her recent obsession with microstories.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: who turned out the light?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: a light that is presently dark, and the person who extinguished it. Please pay close attention to your verb tenses! The light can be real or figurative, but it can’t be on right now. We don’t care when in the past it was turned off, but we need to know who did 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 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.