Week three of the fall writing season at yeah write weekly writing challenge

You know how someone will have a baby and tell people, “Oh, she’s eight weeks this Tuesday!” instead of saying she’s two months old? And then eventually counting weeks starts getting difficult and the parent begins to refer to months until that, too, becomes more complicated than necessary? But then FINALLY he or she will have the magical epiphany that no one cares to know that level of detail about that kid’s age? Well, we’re not at this point with the yeah write fall reboot. We’re still so psyched about the changes around here we’re going to keep counting in weeks.

In case you missed it, yesterday’s post kicked off the week with everything you need to know about yeah write as a whole. That’s what you can expect from us every Sunday. If you’d like to get a little reminder to stop by delivered directly to your inbox, you can sign up for our email blasts.

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Ready to go and just looking for the basics?

Today the grid opens for our non-fiction writing challenge. There is a limit of 500 words plus 100 words grace. You must tell a compelling story. If we get bored or can’t figure out what’s going on, you’ll get a nicely detailed note from our submissions editor explaining where we fell off. You can rewrite it, rework it and workshop it. We’ll be happy to read it again in a few weeks.

The non-fiction challenge closes Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. US eastern. If your entry is accepted, our editors will move you over to the invitational grid open to voting both by our readers and our editorial staff. On Friday, we will publish editorial picks and announce the popular vote winner.

The ultimate question: how much is Thursday?

We do not have a mandatory prompt here on the traditional nonfiction challenge. Instead, we borrow the gargleblaster’s ultimate question and offer it to you as an optional prompt. While over there you have 42 words to answer the question, here we want you to use the question as a springboard. Let your mind go where it takes you, whether it’s this Thursday or last Thursday or three weeks from Tuesday. If your narrative is strong, it can be about any day of the week* you choose.

*It doesn’t even have to be about a day of the week. We totally mean it when we say the prompt is optional.

Fall season writing contest coming October 19

This contest that we’re building for you guys is going to be so great that I’m considering resigning my position as an editor just so I can be eligible to win one of the prizes we’ve been pulling together.

Community spirit has long been one of the best things about yeah write. To reward you for referring your friends to us, we are also awarding prizes to the person who referred the winner of the writing challenge to us. So send your friends here and submit your very best work. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us.

The yeah write #181 weekly writing challenge is open for non-fiction: personal essays, creative opinion, mostly true stories based on actual events. Submit yours using the link below.