Still summer, still open submissions

Wouldn’t you like to fast forward to a time and space where you felt safe and free? Where pain existed solely to remind you of what you left behind? In this place, there is nothing before you, and the fields are abundant.

That’s a little like what writing personal essays and mostly true stories is like for me. Whatever I’m writing about has mostly already happened. I’ve come out the other side a new and different person, and now I am sharing it with my readers in a wide open place. I like the new/old word limit yeah write has offered our writers (I say “old” because there was no word limit way back in the beginning, then we asked for no longer than 1,000, went to 500, and now we’re back to 1,000) because it gives us all more flexibility in our storytelling. The more experienced essayists can divert the reader for a second into a relevant aside, and our beginning writers have the chance to explore a few more narrative techniques.

With summer being open submissions, there’s even more freedom. Want to tell a story in second person? Try it. Want to be the voice of an unreliable narrator? Go for it. Just make sure you still have a point to your essay or story. Losing your reader in the first two sentences is never a good thing. Compelling, captivating essays are still the common goal for our writers here on the site.

First time here? Start with Sunday’s kickoff post

This week’s ultimate question is how deep is the pool? You can use that as your writing prompt for the nonfiction challenge or the fiction|poetry challenge. It’s the required question to be answered for the microstories challenge opening on Wednesday.

Sunday’s kickoff post contains everything you need to know for a successful adventure this week at yeah write. If you have any additional questions for us, feel free to email the editors at or ask us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge

1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the nonfiction badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog

This summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means all submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…

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