Memorial Day weekend in the US marks the unofficial start to summer. From here on out, the days are long and and lazy, filled with sunshine, cheerful children and relaxed family gatherings. (Stop laughing. A girl can dream.) Here at yeah write we’re celebrating by taking a break from cat-herding. What does that mean? All submissions to the microstory challenge will be unmoderated! Don’t let this stop you from giving us your best work, though. We’ve got high expectations, especially after last week’s stellar grid.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: where are the cats?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: cats (plural) and the place they’re at (right now). I don’t care if the cats are felines, humans, or minor league sportsball players – just make sure you include them! 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.
The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday
You may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. The good news is that this week, submissions are unmoderated! As long as you meet the basic guidelines (wordcount and answer), you’ll be eligible for voting. Everybody: read, comment, vote!
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.
Where are the cats?
The yeah write weekly writing challenge is open is open for micro-stories: fiction, non-fiction, haiku, whatever. Submit your entry to the grid below.
Microstory guidelines: must be an answer to the week’s ultimate question found in the introductory post; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction, fiction, haiku, whatever, told in exactly 42 words
How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:
- In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the challenge grid badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
- Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
- Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
- Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
- Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog
This week is unmoderated so all submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.
Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…