Community spirit is alive at yeah write

Hey, hey! It’s Monday again and that means we are opening up the nonfiction challenge. The editorial staff is standing by waiting for a submission of your very best work. Have you had something to say? Are you sharing your story, your experience, your life in a most compelling way but not getting the response you’ve been looking for? Yeah write is the place for you.

Here, we value community. We urge every participant (writer, reader, lurker) to comment and engage. We encourage social media sharing of the posts that speak to you. Interaction with fellow writers is valued here and you can find evidence of that in our coffeehouse, in comments, on Twitter and on Facebook. Writing is often a solitary act. When we speak to each other and work together, we find support that we might not have even known that we needed.

If you’re new to our community, jump in. If you’ve been around for a while, and you know that what I say is true, keep it going. And, if I can make a request, why not spread the good word of yeah write in your writing circles. Bring your friends into our fold. Let’s continue to make this a wonderful place.

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

Don’t skip over that link to yesterday’s kickoff post. There is valuable information in there, including a big announcement you don’t want to miss!

Today the grid opens for our nonfiction writing challenge. There is a limit of 500 words plus 100 words grace. The nonfiction challenge closes Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. US Eastern. Voting opens one hour later for both our readers and our editorial staff. On Friday, we will publish editorial picks and announce the popular vote winner.

The ultimate question: where were you when the earth stopped turning?

Our microstory challenge opens each Wednesday and in it we ask that you answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words. But our questions are also available to you as an optional prompt in this nonfiction challenge and in our fiction|poetry challenge which opens each Tuesday.

As an optional prompt, you can choose to let it inspire your nonfiction entry or not. It’s all up to you.

The yeah write #197 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.