School starts this week in my little corner of the galaxy. With one kid in pre-kindergarten and the other in first grade, this has the potential to bring either order or chaos to my life. I’m not sure which. What I do know is that we’ve got a ton of amazing things coming up here at yeah write. Here’s one that should excite all of us microstory fans!
Microstories at Long Beach Comic Con
We’re running a very special microstory contest on site at Long Beach Comic Con in just a few short weeks! Con attendees will have the chance to give us their very best 42 words answering this ultimate question: … Wait, we’re not going to give you that. It’s a flash competition; you’ll just have to wait and see. Be sure to check back here the weekend of September 12-13! We’ll be posting all entries realtime on Twitter, so make sure to follow us! We’ll also post entries on a special con grid for your reading pleasure later.
Winners – one per day – will be announced at the convention via social media and will receive a custom sketch by award-winning comic artist Steve Ellis (DC, Dark Horse, Marvel and more) based on his or her microstory. Stay tuned for an interview with Ellis’ collaborator on The Only Living Boy, David Gallaher, after the con!
Why are we going to Long Beach? Natalie is more than happy to explain.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: why did all hell break loose?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: chaos and the catalyst – the thing that set it off. Did Johnny start a food fight in school? Did your secret mission to save the world go awry? You want to talk about actual Hell? Go for it.
Quick reminder: please count your words with your fingers and toes. Don’t rely on your software. WordPress and Word are both notorious for giving inaccurate word counts. Also, at yeah write hyphenated words (hanky-panky) are counted as one, as are numbers written in numerals (1912).
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 microstory — explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit. The only exception is photo credits.
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 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 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 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…