I’ve been wondering: where can I get a little extra motivation? A reason to write every day? A shiny new badge for my blog? Some new followers and some new blogs to read? A Random Penguins mug?*
No more wondering: the yeah write NoMo November writing contest is here! It’s been a while since we ran a contest with real-life prizes and everything, and we can’t wait to get this one started. An essay, a poem, fable, a listicle, a microstory – it doesn’t matter – post once a day to your blog for the month of November, and you’ll be in the drawing for a prize! Get your badge and all the details in yesterday’s NoMo Writing Challenge post.
*As much as I want a Random Penguins mug, I’m afraid I’m not eligible to win one. That means more chances for you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: where can I get one of those?
A good answer to this week’s question will include the thing you want to get and the place you can get your hands on one. The object in question can be concrete (a flamethrower, a birthday cake) or abstract (a conscience, a wish). Just make sure your object is something you can have one of – “courage” won’t work as an answer, for example.
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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Submit to the yeah write microstory challenge
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]