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Greetings Earthlings!

I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces lately, and so I wanted to take a minute to welcome everyone to the yeah write microstory challenge. As the oldtimers can tell you, it’s a pretty crazy ride, with only ten hours to post your answer to the week’s ultimate question. Hang onto your hats, belly up to the spacebar, and check out the menu.

Here on my spaceship the libation of choice happens to be the pangalactic gargleblaster, but that’s not the only thing we serve up at yeah write. Some of us are partial to moonshine, others sip tea over at the coffeehouse. And we all know that the nonfiction and fiction|poetry grids are the real bread and butter around here. Once you’ve whetted your appetite here, why don’t you hop over and give them a read? Maybe you’ll even find yourself serving up something over your own.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: why is the rum gone?

This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: the absence of rum, which was once present; and the reason it is gone. Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question. We don’t want you to speculate on what will happen once the rum is gone, or tell us that you plan to drink ALL the rum. There was rum, and right now, there is not. Why? 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Why is the rum gone?

The yeah write #203 weekly writing challenge is open is open for micro-stories: fiction, non-fiction, haiku, whatever. Answer the question in exactly 42 words by clicking the link below.

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