Congratulations, editor picks!

Thanks to our three kidnapped virgins and one writer returning from a long absence, we hit 30 on the challenge grid and opened up the invitational. Congrats Bill, Sam, Linda, Cynthia, Christi and Therese for being selected as editor picks with your well-told, relatable stories. Please grab your editor’s pick badges from the sidebar and display them proudly on your winning posts.


Jury prize winner

“Transplanted monkey liver” by Therese Oneill at You’re Doing It Wrong

Full disclosure: Therese was minding her own business, probably watching TV and tearing open a juice box, when I grabbed her newest post from her blog and added it to the challenge grid. She was a wonderful sport a few weeks ago, the first time I went blog shopping so we could unlock the editor picks and perk packages, and this week was no different. Except for less confusion and, this time, taking home the top prize. Her winning entry chronicles the fears of most introverts who find themselves surrounded by young charges on field trips in wide open spaces (think Sally Field in Places in the Heart) and her connect-the-dots narrative takes her readers humorously from Yugoslavia to the immune system of a monkey transplant patient and back again. Congrats, Therese, on the win. Please grab your jury prize winner’s badge from the sidebar. Thanks for joining us!

Crowd favorite

“Saint Peggy and the Ugly Sinner” by Bill Dameron at The Authentic Life

It looks as though, after an extended absence, Bill has returned to yeah write as a regular on the challenge grid and on the top row. This is his second crowd favorite win in the past few challenges, and he’s certainly got our attention with his stories of his childhood and his present-day family life. This week’s winner is filled with memories, admittedly not all good ones, and his sympathetic characters including the unreliable narrator, helped Bill capture the top challenge grid spot.  Congrats again, Bill. Please grab your winner’s badge from the sidebar.

Congrats also to the rest of the top row five: Therese, Linda, Gwen, and Christie. Grab your badges!

Winners of the very first yeah write coffee mug perk package

jury mugJury prize winner Therese gets a mug, crowd favorite Bill gets a mug and random winner Jennifer from Mamarific gets a mug!

Does Jennifer’s name sound familiar? If it does, it could be because she won our last random prize offered by guest editor Deb Quinn. We don’t have a rule here preventing a subscriber from being drawn twice in a row, so there you have it: random.org chose the number 19, and Jennifer’s position on the challenge grid once all the votes were validated was #19. Congrats, Jen! I already have your mailing address, but please email me to claim your loot.

Therese and Bill, you, too.

 

Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time!

It’s the weekend, and yeah write guest editor Natalie D is setting up her moonshine grid and bathtub gin just for you. If you have a favorite post to share or just wanna hang out drinking a little apple cider, please catch up with Natalie starting at 6 p.m. eastern time today. She’ll be wiping down the bar by midnight on Monday. The weekend crew is a fun group, you should stop by.

Win-win

The thumbnails are now sorted in the grid from most votes to the least. In the case of a tie, the thumbnails are additionally sorted by page views.

Do not be discouraged if your blog has landed near the bottom of the grid; especially if it was a tight race. The fun lies in getting better exposure for your blog and, in the spirit of competition, an incentive to improve your writing and blogging skills. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.

Thanks again, everybody, for submitting, for reading, for accepting the weekly writing challenge. And for making yeah write the most welcoming spot on the Interwebs for writers who blog and bloggers who write.

Wait! A few words before you go

Please use the comment section for congratulations to the winners and/or encouragement for everyone else who competed in the challenge this week. Yeah write is like a full-time job for some of our regular writers. They gladly accept tips and very large compliments.

Yeah write #132 weekly writing challenge opens Tuesday…