[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s been a long week, folks. A looooong week. But it’s almost over. Just one more day between me and yardwork. Wait, that didn’t sound so good.

No matter how interesting a project is, when you’ve been doing it a while it gets to be a grind. Writing can work the same way: if you’re exhausted by blogging, why not switch it up? Try a persuasive essay, a poem or a microstory.

While we’re on the subject of writing, I’m going to give you the winners on all three of our grids – nonfiction, fiction|poetry, and microfiction – right now!

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. If you earned the highest number of votes in any 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![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Yeah write #257 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories

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perfection slips away, one shot at a time by marcy

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What I love in this piece is that where most writers condensed a long stretch of time into mere moments, Marcy took a mere moment and made it seem to last forever. She used short phrases and very specific verbs to carry the action and build tension through the middle of the piece, only breaking it with the denouement. And she did it in such a genuine, unpretentious way, sticking with a voice that felt one hundred percent natural and purely Marcy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/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” title=”christine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

46 years by jennifer

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Most writers would have been content to sum up 46 years with the bejeweled collection of  beautiful moments in the first two stanzas; instead, Jen’s use of alliteration and short, crisp lines creates a sense of forward motion that is both dreamy and implacable. She turns the ordinary span of a lifetime into a journey that requires grit and determination as well as an appreciation of the moments that pass beside the path.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”28614″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle” title=”arden”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

That’s it for our staff picks this week! Remember, we don’t always give out a pick on every grid; if we were impressed by several posts on one grid, we’ll give them all picks, and if nothing really stood out for us on another grid, we’ll hold off.

If you’re lost in the middle of the grid and wondering how you can get a little more feedback on your posts, check out our membership perks!

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 it’s still light out in the evening now, why not use your extra visibility to follow the path down to the moonshine grid? Natalie’s opening the doors and putting out the picnic tables tonight at 6pm EDT, whether it’s sunny or snowy. Just remember: no commercial posts. We’re gathering up all our friends for a picnic, and nobody wants to be the guy who invited the insurance salesman.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Congratulations to the crowd favorites at yeah write #257

The thumbnails are now sorted in order of most votes to fewest. Ties in the overall number of votes are broken by number of editor votes.

Congratulations if you’re at or near the top! Writing well is hard work, and we’re honored you’ve chosen us this week to showcase your entry.

If you’re at or near the bottom, don’t be discouraged. You’re in the right community for learning and growing as a writer, and we are always available with resources for those who ask nicely.

To our readers and voters: thank you! See you next week.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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