We’re shooting the moon tonight, so hang on tight while we get up to speed. That rumbling noise? The engines warming up. That shaking? We’re kicking into gear. Let’s see if we can knock a few ideas loose.
Yes, the moon is 238,900 miles away. (That’s 384,400 kilometers for those of you living in more civilized parts of the world.) But we’re not really asking for facts and figures. We want you to stretch a little. You ever promise someone the moon? What’s standing in your way? That being said, if you want to take the question literally, go right ahead. Just make it interesting and original.
Here’s one thing that won’t stop you from a perfect moon landing: the submissions process. For the rest of the summer, the first 42 entries on the grid will be eligible for voting. Just follow the rules: answer the question in exactly 42 words. Longing for a love letter? You can always sign up to be a member for a little extra feedback and advice, or just stop by the coffeehouse to run something by your fellow yeah writers.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: how high the moon?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: something wished for (a literal or figurative moon) and the distance/obstacle between the wisher and the object of desire. Don’t really get the question? Ella Fitzgerald sang it best. Listen to the song and see if that helps you take off.
A few other reminders:
PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will scare voters away 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 microstory — 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 microstory. This summer, all our grids are unmoderated, which means up to 42 submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be open to Thursday’s popular vote. 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 fiction and poetry grid on Tuesdays, the microstory 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.
How high the moon?
The yeah write weekly writing challenge is open for microstories: fiction, non-fiction, haiku, whatever. Answer the question in exactly 42 words by submitting your entry below.
yeah write #216 micro weekly writing challenge is open for submissions
Basic microstory guidelines: 42 word count limit; 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 micro 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 summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means 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…