We’re back! We met some amazing people at Long Beach Comic Con last weekend, and we are hoping many of them join us here! Stay tuned for a special con recap post early next week, in which we will repost each and every microstory entry from our onsite contest. We had 30 entries, two winners, and a dirigible-load of fun.
Moderation returns next week
This is your last chance to get your posts up on the unmoderated grid. Starting next week we’ll be taking a long hard look at each and every post before we move it over to voting. You’ve had lots of practice all summer; it’s time to get serious — in a fun way! Need a refresher? Take a minute to read our submission guidelines.
For those of you who haven’t joined us before – and those of you who might have forgotten the rules – here are a few tips to make sure your microstory submission will be eligible for voting.
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.
… Go! Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: what did you just destroy?
This week’s question requires two things for a good answer: a thing that was destroyed, tangible or intangible, and what it was before you destroyed it.
In addition: You need to answer this question in the first person and in the immediate past tense. In other words, it wasn’t destroyed two days ago, or a week ago. It was destroyed just now, the immediate past, by you (singular or plural).
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 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…