yeah write #186 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays and mostly true stories

yeah write #186 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays and mostly true stories

yeah write #186 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays and mostly true stories

The November writing contest is open for business!

It’s finally here, the week we’ve all been waiting for! The yeah write November writing contest is upon us!

You can read all about the contest on the dedicated page, but here’s the gist: over a four-week period (with a one week break for the American Thanksgiving week), writers will be competing for a variety of cash, book and chocolate prizes. The yeah write editors are standing by to judge the nonfiction, fiction|poetry and microstory submissions on technical merit, style and overall amazingness.

You can enter one submission per category per week, but we urge you to focus on making a few entries in your strongest category of your absolute, very best work. One stellar piece is going to take the ultimate prize and twelve mediocre ones won’t stand a chance. If you’d like your submission added to the contestant pool, please be sure to fill out this form for each entry you make.


How will the November writing contest work?

We wrote you a whole page about it. Click here for details, but the main thing to remember right now is you must be a subscriber to the yeah write weekly email blast to be eligible for any of the prizes. If you haven’t already subscribed, here’s the link.

Remember, you can also win a cash prize by referring the top writer to us. Please spread the word about our contest to your friends and in your writing circles. Make sure when they subscribe and enter their submissions, they name you as the referrer. It’s win-win!

Is this your first time here?

Yesterday’s kickoff post tells you everything you need to know about all of yeah write and, in particular this week, the contest. Don’t forget to sign up for our email blasts so you never miss a thing!

Have questions you can’t find the answer to by poking around the site? Email us or find us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll happily help you out.

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 is written in the stone?

The ultimate question in our microstory challenge also serves as the optional prompt for the nonfiction and fiction|poetry challenges. We urge you, should you feel so inspired, to run wild with this question and not answer it literally. Take your time and mull this over. You don’t need to go with your first thought. We’re here until Wednesday; take your time.

The yeah write #186 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.

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  • Ruby [Mon] 3 Nov 14 at 1:43 am

    The ultimate question: what is written in the stone? is an optional prompt that clearly means we can write apart from this topic as well or does this mean that we have to stick to this topic and write around it only ?

    • Michelle Longo Author [Mon] 3 Nov 14 at 6:06 am

      Hi Ruby! On the nonfiction grid and the fiction|poetry grid it is truly an optional prompt. You can write about whatever you want. You can let this question inspire you or you can ignore it. It’s up to you.

      On the microstory challenge, however, you need to answer the question in exactly 42 words without mentioning the question anywhere in your post. That challenge is separate from this one and opens on Wednesday at midnight EST.