I’m a fantasy writer, more or less. In my world(s), names have power. I put a lot of thought into choosing and even creating names that mean something–to me, if not to the reader.
But we all do this to some extent, don’t we? Think about your blog name. Think about your nickname, if you have one. Names might not define us, but they certainly can color our own perception of ourselves. They can color our attitude toward our characters and their lives. What kind of story will you find in a name this week?
Who’s on fourth?
Here’s a name you might recognize: Tina (Not Just Another Mother Blogger) has been part of the yeah write community forever, it seems. Now we all have the chance to get to know her even better. Go check out her interview!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: name, please?
A good microstory this week will include a character with an identity that you specify for us. You may answer from any point of view, but you will have a better story if you build a scene where the question could be asked plausibly. It will be tricky, considering that you are not allowed to include the question in your title or your answer, but I think you’re up to the challenge!
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.