First things first: Microstories are tricky things, and this challenge is the strictest on the yeah write site. Don’t let that scare you off!
Just take a moment to read (or reread) our submission guidelines. We’ve had a few folks miss out on the voting grid over the last couple of weeks because they broke one of the rules, which pretty much breaks my heart. Please don’t break my heart. Read the rules.
Now that that’s done, let’s see what kind of fun you can have with this week’s ultimate question!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: where did you take the wolverine?
This week’s question requires two elements for a good answer: a wolverine (literal or metaphorical) and the location to which you took it. The wolverine may or may not still be present. Was your wolverine a school mascot? A tenacious problem which you needed to wrestle to the ground? The name of a ship, a plane, a train? Also, we know it’s tempting to write Marvel fanfic, but please refrain: it’s a copyright thing.
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. 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.
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.
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.