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The fall season is in full swing at yeah write weekly writing challenge

I get a ridiculous amount of email because I signed up for blasts from a ridiculous number of writing related resources, blogs and essay sites. These subscriptions paint me as a much less busy woman than I am, but my inbox tells the truth—hundreds of emails in there just waiting to be read. Often I find that by the time I get to them, the material is less relevant than it was at the time of publication. But, I was on the ball this week .and I discovered a gem of an essay posted on Brevity’s blog page. In it, Penny Guisinger speaks about the genre, our genre, of creative nonfiction. She says that what we write is true, but with a spin. It’s the world as the writer sees it and how the writer wants the reader to see it. It’s our mostly true stories.

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Just the basics (and a change in submissions closure time)

Today the grid opens for our nonfiction 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 nonfiction challenge closes Wednesday at 9:59 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: is this your first time?

Last week, quite a few writers chose to use the gargleblaster’s ultimate question in their submission. Will as many use the optional prompt this week? It doesn’t matter to us! While there’s no mandatory prompt for the nonfiction challenge, you’re welcome to use the ultimate question to get you started. Do you already have a compelling essay topic in mind? Fabulous! The prompt is optional so if and where you go with it is all up to you. We want your very best writing, however you came to write it.

Fall season writing contest coming November 2

We know you’re eager for the contest to start; we are, too! We needed just a smidge more time to finalize some details and while this means you have to wait for the kickoff, we assure you it’s worth it.

We have cash and prizes for stand-out writing and a prize for the writer who refers the grand prize winner to us. Spread the word that yeah write has the best game in town this November.

The yeah write #183 weekly writing challenge is open for nonfiction: personal essays, creative opinion, mostly true stories based on actual events. You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your essay using the link below.