Welcome to our challenge grid virgins!

“Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo” may have frozen the snot in our collective noses, but here at yeah write, things were toasty and inviting. We welcomed three virgins on the challenge grid this week, and we applaud them for linking up their work and navigating the yeah write waters. Thanks for hanging out with us this week!

Where are the invitational grid and editor picks this week?

For any newbies who may not know: we try to host an additional challenge grid each week called the invitational. The invitational is unlocked once the challenge grid hits 30 entries. Each yeah write editor selects two or three of her favorite essays to move up to compete for a jury prize from that smaller group. If we don’t hit 30 posts, we continue with our challenge grid and award a crowd favorite prize and badges to the rest of the top row 5.

Crowd favorite

“Leaving” by Bill Dameron at The Authentic Life

Bill is a frequent winner here at yeah write, impressing his colleagues and the yeah write editors week after week with some of the best writing on the web. “Leaving“—this week’s crowd favorite—is some of the best work he’s done. It’s a haunting piece about the liminal state between staying and going, standing on the threshold of an uncertain future, and connecting with a lifetime of experiences. It’s an elegy to a marriage, painted out in careful strokes into an image of the ghostliness of standing betwixt and between. Congratulations, Bill! There’s a crowd favorite badge for you in the sidebar.

Congrats also to the rest of our top row five: Stacie, Therese, Natalie, and Christie. Grab your bling in the sidebar, and adorn your blog appropriately. Rumor has it yeah write badges are the new black.

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

It’s the weekend, and Natalie D is setting up her moonshine grid and bathtub gin just for you. It’s freezing outside, but Natalie is a bartender with a heart of gold and a hot toddy. The moonshine grid is the flip side of our weekly challenges: a no-pressure link-up where we accept anything except commercial or sponsored posts. You can catch up with Natalie starting at 6 p.m. eastern time today. Closing time is midnight on Monday.


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, and 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.

Take a moment…

Before you go? Congratulate this week’s winners in the comments, and let your favorites know their work meant something to you. Then take the weekend to write up your next yeah write-worthy post—a blog anecdote or nonfiction story of about 600 words that meets our submission guidelines. Yeah write #146 opens Tuesday.


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