Oh, is it Halloween?

It’s Halloween week around here. Maybe you’ve noticed? My favorite part of the holiday was always to watch horror movies and eat candy. I could do without the answering of the door every three minutes, but then again, I’m a bit of a Grinch. Wait, that’s the wrong season, isn’t it?

This time of year tends to bring the sinister, macabre and downright disturbing stories out of many people. If you’ve been itching to tell a Halloween story or something about that creepy thing that happened to you that one time, go for it! Just remember we’re nonfiction in this challenge. We’ll notice if you hop over from mostly true to outright pulling our legs.

If spooky and scary is not your thing, that’s cool. Non-Halloween themed essays and personal narratives are equally welcome this week to balance things out. I’ve always found writing the way I write rather than how I think someone expects me to write yields the best work so you do you, okay?

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Just the basics

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: what went bump?

There’s a Halloweeny ultimate question this week for our microstories challenge. This is also the optional prompt for the the nonfiction and the fiction|poetry challenges. That means here in this challenge you can use that question any way you like to inspire your submission or you can write about whatever you please.

Feel free to use the ultimate question as an optional prompt. Or don’t. Your call.

Fall season writing contest coming November 2

It’s NEXT week! You guys, I’m so excited about this contest. I have two words for you: cash money. That’s what you can win along with other cool prizes like books and chocolate. Check out the official page for all the details.

The yeah write #185 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.