[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Of all the writing challenges in all the corners of this internet, you had to walk into mine.

And then you stayed, and you voted, and now you want to know the results, right? Me too. So, just like every Friday, I’m going to give you the results on all three of our grids – nonfiction, fiction|poetry, and microfiction – right here!

But it’s not all about the popular vote, folks. We also have our editorial staff picks to hand out. Every week our editors comb through your submissions looking for their favorites. Picks are based on writing quality, how successful the author is in conveying information, and just plain style. If you got a staff pick this week, grab your badge from the sidebar and wear it with pride!

Once you’re done reading through the staff picks (and congratulating the winners in the comments), keep scrolling down to check out who won the popular vote on all three grids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Yeah write #195 weekly writing challenge staff picks: nonfiction

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you get one place by jenny

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Jenny’s piece this week is such an evocative one and it’s the kind of essay that inspires me. My first reaction was that I didn’t have a place like this – definitely not when I was 26. But the piece stuck with me and as I read it again, I felt the nostalgia and melancholy it brought to the surface. That’s when it hit me that the place doesn’t have to be a physical place and that’s what made me fall deeper in love with this essay. Jenny does a wonderful job setting the mood and tone with her rich descriptions of her place, both in time and space. That alone gives the piece great merit. However, one layer down and there is so much more to explore. And that is the best thing about Jenny’s writing. There’s always another layer down there.
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Yeah write #195 weekly writing challenge staff picks: fiction

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this is NOT diary of a wimpy kid by silverleaf

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In Silver Leaf’s story, playing off the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney, a pre-teen laments the onset of aging. Told in first-person POV, Silver Leaf demonstrates her agility with voice in fiction, convincingly taking on the breathless banter of a kid. At this tender age, the narrator reveals how to avoid taking on the real responsibilities of chores by “screwing up” just enough not to get in trouble but enough to require an adult (aka, parent) to finish the job. It’s a clever, charming story of how we learn to manipulate the aging process, and one from which we truly old folks can still learn.
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Yeah write #195 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories

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stalker by zeudytigre

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What I like about Jackie’s story Stalker is that it is a complete story. She conveys the passage of time through simple, short lines that are no less impactful for their simplicity. While I wasn’t wild about the title – I think it might have been more effective to leave the narrator’s role to the reader’s imagination – I appreciated the sinister turn at the end.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Congratulations to this week’s winners! If you earned the highest number of votes in either challenge, you are this week’s crowd favorite. If you came in first, second or third, you get “top three” honors. Grab your badge from our sidebar!

Looking for your badge? The fiction|poetry, nonfiction and microstories challenges all have the same winner, staff pick, and top three badges. It doesn’t clutter up our sidebar, and they’ll still look pretty on yours!

Everybody: before you go, please take some time to leave your favorites a little love in the comments.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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

As long as we all have hovercars now, why not fly yours down to the moonshine grid when it opens at 6:00? You can stay all weekend! Natalie is serving pangalactic gargleblasters behind the cosiest little bar that never existed. Heck, even Mike Callahan’s been known to drop by now and then. Bring your rocket skates and your jetpack, but leave your commercial posts at home.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Ready for a shot of something new?

Don’t forget, every weekend Nate serves up a double shot of espresso along with free inspiration in the coffeehouse, recounting this week’s best of the best and talking about what made them great and how you can use those techniques in your own writing.

This week we’ll be throwing another poetry slam, too, so stop by and learn what a “cento” is (hint: it’s got nothing to do with the number 5 and everything to do with armor). If you like the idea, try it out for the fiction|poetry grid![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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