Greetings Fellow Earthlings!
It’s 86 degrees and 73% humidity in Chicago right now, the first real dog day of summer. I’ve been laughing at my cats all frizzed out and belly up on the bathroom tile tonight. Well, I was laughing until I realized I’ve moved less than they have. I’m not complaining— we’ve had gorgeous weather up until today. But the heat’s causing some issues: it’s mucking up my brain. So I’d pretty much pay Christine to tell me what to write here to open up the microstory challenge.
You hear that, Christine? Cash. Money. Oh, and there’s another fiver in it for you if you grab a fudgesicle out of the freezer for me.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: what did Christine tell you?
This week’s question requires only three things for a good answer: Christine (our beloved editor or otherwise), you and a piece of information she told you. Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question. We aren’t looking for what she is telling you right this minute or what she will tell you at some point in the future, but rather, what did she tell you?
A few other reminders:
PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will get you bumped from the voters’ top three 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.
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. 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 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]
What did Christine tell you?
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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
yeah write #224 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…[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]