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Greetings Earthlings!

We’ve hit maximum excititude here this week. We’re so excited, in fact, that editors are making up words. What’s got us all in a tizzy? We will be at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend talking about the future of digital storytelling! We can’t wait to show you the results of our on-site microstory challenge. Make sure to follow us on Twitter for real-time con updates and photos. In the meantime, play along with this week’s comic-inspired ultimate question!

While the cat’s away

Nate is taking charge of the grids while a bunch of us are playing hooky. Please be kind! To help him out, here are a few things that should go without saying (but I’m saying them anyway):

COUNT YOUR WORDS. Word count errors seem to be trending lately. Use your eyes, not your word processor. Once moderation returns on September 20, your post may not be eligible for voting if you go over or under 42 words. 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.)

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.

ANSWER THE QUESTION. We try to give you some basic guidelines with every question; pay attention to what we’re looking for. 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.

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Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: who was that masked man?

This week’s question was chosen in honor of Long Beach Comic Con! It’s nice and straightforward and requires only one thing for a good answer: a sentient creature who identifies as male who happened to be wearing a mask. Maybe Zorro rode through town, maybe your grandpa likes to play practical jokes, or maybe Darth Vader needed a latte before he hopped back on his unicycle. Whoever it was, we want to know. Please note that the tense of your answer should match the tense of the question. The masked man was here; now he’s not.

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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!

Email us or head over to our pages on Facebook and Twitter with any questions.

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 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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:

  1. 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
  2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
  3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
  5. 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…

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