Did you hear? The yeah write crew is going on a real-life adventure. We’ll be zooming across the galaxy, er, country and landing in California for Long Beach Comic Con! We’ll have a booth, we’re presenting a panel, and we’ll even be running a special microstory challenge just for con attendees. Keep an eye out here: we’ll be posting their handiwork.
I can hear you now: why on Earth (or elsewhere) is yeah write showing up at a comic convention? Well. We are passionate proponents of storytelling, whatever form it may take, be it on paper or online, in words or in pictures. The internet has opened up enormous opportunities for storytellers to share their work, hone their styles, and connect across boundaries.
Wanna stow away?
We’re giving away two free passes to the con (travel and hotel not included, sorry). Follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already or send us a Tweet asking to enter the contest and you’ll earn a chance to win them. Leave a comment on this week’s Thursday voting post telling us which entry (any grid) was your favorite and why, and you’ll earn a second chance. C’mon, it’s easy, and you know you want to meet me. I mean, me and the other yeah write editors. Throw your name in the hat!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: why is there no coffee?
Apparently we’re asking for horror stories this week. (Just kidding. Sort of.) This week our ultimate question requires only two things for a good answer: the absence of coffee and the reason for it. Did your houseguests drink it all before you woke up? Did you pull an all-nighter (or three) to finish that work-in-progress? Was there a blight that wiped out coffee beans across the southern hemisphere? (Please, God, no. That would be a horror story.) Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question. There is no coffee right now. What happened to 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.
COUNT YOUR WORDS. That bit about having only 42 words? Yeah, we mean exactly 42 words. We count; so should you. Don’t rely on your word processor or blog to count for you; they are notoriously inaccurate. Hyphenated words (willy-nilly) count as one; so do numbers if written in numerals (1912).
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.
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.
yeah write #226 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…