Happy (American) Thanksgiving Week!
Welcome to our week off from the November competition. If you want to know how the competition is going, you can check out all the semi-finalists here. In the meantime, it’s a holiday and we’re giving everyone a break, including our submissions editor. That’s right, all three grids, including the nonfiction grid, are unmoderated this week.
Of course, even though the grid is unmoderated, we haven’t thrown the rules out the window. That means posts must be first published no earlier than the Sunday before the grid opens, cannot link to other challenges, and must stick to the word count. You have 600 words – give us your best ones!
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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, most weeks 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. Of course, this week you’ll just have to take your chances…
The nonfiction challenge closes Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. US eastern. Voting opens on all grids at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday and closes at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, we will publish editorial picks and announce the popular vote winner.
The ultimate question: why are your boots off?
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 #189 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 here: