It’s week three of the November writing contest at yeah write!

We are so excited by how many newcomers are hanging out with us and we love all of the familiar faces who wow us every week. If you’re looking for detailed contest info, keep reading and you’ll find it. If you are curious to see which pieces have made it to the semi-finalist round so far, you can view all semi-finalists here.

I’ve finally gotten my personal email down to a respectable eight messages and in doing so I found an essay I’d emailed to myself about eight months ago entitled “How to Write a Personal Essay.”  I didn’t have time to read it when I first happened upon it, but given the title, I suspected I didn’t want to miss it. Turns out I was right – this essay isn’t just tips and tricks, rather it’s a look at the complexity of personal essay when one connects personal experience to the larger world. Check it out – it’s worth the time.


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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.

If you’re not up for clicking that link just yet, 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.

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. We tell you about the schedule, upcoming events and get you ready for the week ahead.

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 and you’ve filled out an entry form for our November writing contest, 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: who’ll stop the rain?

Our nonfiction challenge does not have a mandatory prompt. That means you’re free to write about whatever you choose. However, should you feel like you need a prompt to get the creative juices flowing, might we suggest the ultimate question from our microstory challenge? You can answer it literally, though we always think it’s fun when our writers put their own spin on it.

The yeah write #188 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.