[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]”Sometimes I wonder if I’m a character being written,” Marilyn Manson has said. Personally, I doubt it; few writers would have the imagination to invent him. But the truth is a gold mine for writers, as our nonfiction grid showed this week. You took us from the panicky halls of elementary school, marked with the lingering scent of cheap food and the pocked sound of a teacher’s footsteps behind you, to the bus stop after school where a child questioned the tenets of her faith, to a mother’s nighttime reflections, disturbed by accusations of faithlessness to herself and her family.
And then, like every week, we wrenched ourselves back to our own realities and voted, dissecting those stories not just for heart but for structural merit. The results of that popular vote are way down at the bottom of this post, along with the results for the fiction|poetry grid and the microstories grid.
But it’s not just 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 artistic merit. 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_text]
…but I never win!
The winners’ post isn’t just about the bragging rights. It’s a chance for everyone to re-read the best of the best posts this week and analyze them. Instead of asking why your post didn’t win, try asking why that post did. You might get some ideas for how to make your writing better. If you’re consistently at or near the bottom, maybe it’s time to change it up a little bit. Try one of our poetry slams, or try a new style of writing for your regular grid. Head over to the coffeehouse on Sunday for Nate’s weekly double shot of espresso, where he analyzes our best posts and gives you a few tips on how to use the techniques in those posts in your own writing. Take some risks. What have you got to lose?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Yeah write #196 weekly writing challenge staff picks: fiction|poetry
Yeah write #196 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories
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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
It’s the place where everybody knows your name… because it’s in the URL. At 6:00 every Friday, Natalie opens the doors to the least anonymous little gin joint on these internets. Slide on down and join her for some weekend fun. Just leave the commercial posts at home- they always leave peanut shells on the floor anyway.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]