I’m not ready for our birthday to be over, are you?
Well, good thing it’s not. Keep your eyes peeled, because we’re going to be sneaking surprises in all month. Like today’s surprise: Who wants a love letter? Just kidding… sort of. If you’re curious about what kind of feedback you would have gotten on your post on the grid this week, leave me a comment on this post asking for it, plus whether you’d rather have the feedback in a reply to your comment (editor’s pick style) or a private email.
Uh, Rowan, I can hear you thinking. I don’t want to volunteer to be a public example if you’re just going to rip my ears off. Fine, I get that! So here’s what your feedback would look like if you had written Natalie’s poem:
This poem has a really relatable theme, and I like how it begins and ends with light after taking us through the dark. I also love the complicated “abca” rhyme scheme and complex meter. That said, there are a few hiccups with the meter and a couple places (notably “a communion of ecstasy” and “fervency” in a poem with otherwise fairly prosaic word choice) where vocabulary or grammar feels pretty strained in order to fit into the metric structure.
There. That wasn’t so scary, was it?
Speaking of how good your work was, though, you probably want to know the outcome of the vote, 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. 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!
Yeah write #260 weekly writing challenge staff picks: nonfiction
That’s right, folks. The winner this week is parents. We don’t usually do a grid roundup, but with so many good posts this week featuring moms, how could we pick just one? Sam brought us an unsentimental account using the never-actually-described birth of her child to weave together office and mothering seamlessly. Natalie, a few months behind, told us about hope, and expectations, and balancing your own with those around you. Lisa was the child, not the mother, as she taught us that childhood lessons come back to help – and haunt – us later. Marcy and her dad showed us in words and pictures how to cherish the accidents, the mistakes and the moments we’d otherwise forget, to choose memory over deletion. (That was, by the way, exactly how you use pictures in an essay, folks. Pay attention. They illustrate a point made in the writing that the reader couldn’t understand as well without the graphic.) Meanwhile, Nancy brought us a slow countdown, the way shared custody parcels out parenthood into snapshots and precious half-weeks that turn into a time-lapse image of her daughter growing up. Melony wondered how we are shaped by our parents’ trauma, and they by theirs. Donna-Louise turned the tables on us again, making the most sympathetic character her lonely dinosaur son. Laissez faire, too, explored the limits of parental permission, balancing protectiveness with opportunity in her own life and for her children. And last but hardly least, Ellen reminded us that generally it all turns out okay, no matter which instructions you try and fail to follow in your parenting.
So here’s to you, moms and dads, and moms and dads of moms and dads. This was your week to shine.
I’d already slated this post for an editor’s pick when Elan stole my thunder. It’s not just the total relatability of trying to fit into a group at any age that makes Cindy’s story so great; it’s the inside-out storytelling. By jumping around in time, Cindy creates a feeling of inevitability to the failure of her efforts, an inevitability that weighs on the reader as it weighs on her, even as, with her, we hope against hope for the 80’s Brat Pack ending.
Yeah write #260 weekly writing challenge staff picks: fiction|poetry
I am all for a quality Frankenstein reboot at any time, but Michael’s bop raised my expectations significantly. Told from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab gopher Igor’s perspective, the fumbles and mistakes all recall Young Frankenstein without wearing the genre out. The impish use of language, for starters, summons Igor’s voice and dilemma quite deftly. Then, the humorous dramatic irony of the last stanza brings about a satisfying conclusion for everyone.
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.
Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time
Grab your mom or dad or stepparent or starparent or angel or whoever’s been the most important adult figure in your life and drag them down to the moonshine grid with you this weekend. Natalie’s opening the doors at 6pm and serving mocktails and decaf in our no-rules grid all weekend. Grab a flask and sneak your smokes in under your sleeve, we’re only checking for commercial posts at the door!
Congratulations to the crowd favorites at yeah write #260
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.