Editor picks and invitational grid

Yay! We hit the magic 30 post mark this week and voila! The editors opened the invitational grid. Thanks to yeah writers new and old who accepted the yeah write challenge this week. Six bloggers competed for this week’s jury prize and we congratulate all of them: Sam, Quinn, Samantha, Calamity Rae, Therese, and Kylie. If you visit the sidebar, you’ll find your editor’s pick badge to display on your blog.


Jury prize winner

“The Day I Should Have Eaten Breakfast. And Worn Pants.” by Samantha Merel at This Heart of Mine

The editors often get questions about what sort of posts we’re looking for on the challenge grid. One of the categories we accept is the personal anecdote. What’s a personal anecdote, you might ask? Well, you could look to our definition: It’s “more than a listing of events that happened one day, more than a journal entry for your own benefit. Your entry should have a beginning, middle and end.”

Or, you could read this week’s jury prize winner, The Day I Should Have Eaten Breakfast. And Worn Pants by Sam Merel at This Heart of Mine. Sam spins a funny story about one of those small but memorable events in life – a self-deprecating look at her attempt to impress the law firm partner by donating blood. On an empty stomach. In a skirt. It doesn’t end well.

Sam’s post is a reminder that you don’t need to write about the huge issues in life to have a winning post, though those posts can certainly be compelling and jury prize-worthy, too. Yeah write also celebrates the well-told tale of daily life. Sam’s winning post engages us from beginning to end with humor and heart.

Crowd favorite

“The Trials of a Drug Trial: Special K” by Calamity Rae at Calamity Rae

Calamity Rae takes her first crowd favorite win with “The Trials of a Drug Trial: Special K“, a harrowing look at her months-long participation in an inpatient drug trial to test the effects ketamine on patients with chronic depression. She relates the long bad trip in clear and simple prose: “I spent hours unable to speak, trapped inside my head.” She describes the “thought prison” she endured until a nurse recognized her “fractured mental state” and she was released. It’s a model of showing vs. telling in writing. The author doesn’t need to add drama; the action is dramatic enough. You’ll find your crowd favorite badge in the sidebar.

Congrats also to the rest of our top row 5: Samantha, Kylie, Erica, and Sam! We have top row 5 badges for each of you—grab one if you earned one.

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.

Halfway there: BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write

If you are participating in NaBloPoMo with us, give yourself a pat on the back. Today officially marks the halfway point! Running out of ideas? Maybe it’s time for a roundup of your favorite NaBloPoMo posts? Throwback Thursday? Wordless Wednesday? A blog post about blogging? And I’m positive you have more stories to tell that would fit nicely into our submission guidelines for next week’s challenge grid. We know you’ve got your best stuff still inside you. Check out our guide to a winning yeah write post before you link up for yeah write #136.

We’re blogging every day here at yeah write too. Visit our growing NaBloPoMo archives.

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.

Before you go…

As always, take a moment to congratulate our winners. Let your favorite bloggers this week know that their posts moved you and inspired you as a writer.  Come on back next week for the challenge grid and every day in November for our special NaBloPoMo guest post series