The seas of humankind have been choppy of late. When I am overwhelmed with fear and sorrow, when I am overwhelmed with grief, I try to make my way back to art, a metaphorical life raft where others gather to restore themselves.

Navigating between sorrow and joy, the broken and the whole, chaos and peace, Leonard Cohen wrote “Hallelujah,” a song that celebrates the sacred in all of life. My favorite part is this:

There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Experiencing pain –writing about pain–is a sacred act, I think. We can’t really know joy without pain.  This gorgeous rendition of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 members of Choir Choir Choir reminds me of the power of “the sacred chord” to bring us together when we’ve been swimming in rough seas. This is what all art does, in the end. I’ve been clinging to it.

Yeah write super challenge!!!

The initial round of our first nonfiction super challenge kicked off Friday evening, and we are so pumped to finally have it underway! Good luck to all our participants! [Ed’s note: if you participated in the first round of the super challenge, please remember not to post your essay anywhere until after you have received your feedback. After that, it’s fair game! Blog it, pitch it, put it on the moonshine grid, anything goes after the 22nd. /rbg]

Did you miss out on registration? The next super challenge coming this fall will be for all you fictioneers out there so don’t miss out on any announcements. Sign up for our mailer today! We promise not to spam you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Looking for the nonfiction know-how?

For the next two months, we’re taking some time off from our nonfiction know-how feature to focus on the super challenge. However, you can always check out our archives if you’re needing a little more inspiration this week. Happy writing!

Want more info?

Is this your first time here? Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. Our email subscribers can also join us in the yeah write coffeehouse at its home on Facebook. If you’ve never taken the time to read them, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines. The rules are a little different for each of our challenges and we’d hate to have to send back great writing on a technicality.

Did you happen to end up here because you suddenly saw yeah write in your stats? Sometimes members of our community spot excellent writing and they send those posts on over to us. We hope you don’t mind. Take a look around and get to know our community. We’re sure you’ll be happy here.

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


How to submit and fully participate in the challenge

Basic yeah write guidelines: 1000 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction personal essay, creative opinion piece or mostly true story based on actual events.

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

Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

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

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