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Greetings Earthlings!

Gratitude is a funny thing. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel right to say “thank you.” You want to shout it, to paint it across the sky, to write it into a symphony, bake it into a cake. You want the whole world to recognize what someone has done for you, but you want it to be personal, intimate. This kind of gesture is sometimes too much and not enough.

We all have–I hope–people in our lives that love and support us through this crazy passion we share, this compulsion we have to write. We earn that support the only way we can: by constantly learning, improving, and being the best writers we can be. Maybe we can’t repay these people, exactly, but we can say thank you. Go on, try it, and then get back to us for this week’s ultimate question.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: how can I ever repay you?

To answer this question fully you will need an object or favor that has been given from one person (or group) to another, and its value or what it will take to “balance the cosmic scale.” Did your mother-in-law take the kids for evening so you could have a date night? Did Superman save your life? There’s got to be something you can do to show your appreciation.

Some free advice: “I can’t” is a valid answer to this question, but in our opinion, it’s a predictable one. Let’s see if you can come up with something more original, ‘k?

Don’t get disqualified on a technicality

READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Take us seriously so we can take you seriously.

COUNT YOUR WORDS. Use your eyes, not your word processor. We can’t move your post to the voting grid if you go over or under 42 words. And we count every word in your post.  That means any explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, 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.

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][vc_column_text]

The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday

You may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. Submissions are moderated. All entries will show up on our submissions grid, and up to 42 entries will be moved to the voting grid, which opens on Thursday. Everybody: read, comment, vote! Participation is the key to making this community work.

If you don’t make the voting grid, don’t despair – you’ll get a detailed love letter from our wonderful submissions editor, Rowan G., letting you know what needed improvement. 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Submit to the yeah write microstory challenge

The yeah write weekly writing challenge is now open for microstories. You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your 42-word microstory using the button below.

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What else is happening around here?

We’ve got the nonfiction challenge opening on Mondays, the fiction and poetry challenge 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]