[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]They never let me write the kickoff posts. NEVER. Probably because I can’t be trusted. But anyway. You know what I get to kick off? THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY. TAKE THAT!

Uh. It’s possible I drank a whole lot of energy drink today. I can see through time. You know how I know? Because even though it’s still April while I’m writing this, I can see the May fiction and poetry jam posts!

Honestly, I’m excited to see what you guys come up with this month. Last month was a little rough, right? This month we’re taking a nice easy spin on things with a refresher on scansion in poetry and a fiction genre that won’t require a trip to the library.

For right now, let’s see how you did in the last week of April. Even though it’s not April any more, 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 #211 weekly writing challenge staff picks: nonfiction

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maybe some point is going to be today by sam

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Sam’s essay this week offers us both sadness and hope in a way that seems effortless. She lays her sorrow out for us and trusts us to feel it with her. Then, she flips things on us, offering us the glimpse of hope she feels as she works through the pain of loss during the excitement of new beginnings. The feelings are clear without ever being named outright. We feel her opening her heart to let the good feelings back in and it’s a pleasure to share in that with her.
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this is not a tribute by outlaw mama

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It takes a lot of effort to write about feelings without ever using the words for them. As much as to write about a whole person without doing more than describing the empty space they should occupy in your life. Grief is brutal and personal, and yet with gentle, impersonal words this post drives its knife deeper into your heart than any essay full of platitudes could do. Bravo.
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Yeah write #211 weekly writing challenge staff picks: fiction|poetry

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hiraeth by jennifer

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I could start with the musicality of such phrases like “wizard-words swarmed like bees” and “spinning strong rope from paper and heart strings.” I could also start with the dazzling imagery of a “lightning-split oak” or a “mere bucketful of words.” Yet nothing does justice to the way she paints a portrait of longing and place, both connected through the deft composition.
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Yeah write #211 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories

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without you by brittany

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I admit it: I’m a sucker for a tale of lost loves and aching hearts. It’s a familiar kind of story that can be told in so many different ways. In this case Brittany uses the tiniest of details to set the scene, to create a sense of space and dragging time, and eventually leads us to the real reason she’s not sleeping. The result is a story that’s both personal and universal.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”22657″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” title=”christine”][/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

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re happy hour and you know it, be 6:00 EDT when the moonshine grid opens. Natalie keeps the lights on all weekend, so stop by with all your weird posts that don’t fit on our regular grids. The ones with the top hats. The listicles. Just not the promotional ones, okay? They make us sad.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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