The stories we tell ourselves at night

Last night I dreamt I was Gulliver and my cats were Lilliputians strapping me down with rope and then we were in a basket attached to a hot air balloon floating over Lake Michigan.

My partner is on tour right now and I have the house to myself. Before he left, I had this ambitious to-do list: write all the things, watch all the shows he hates, and cook all the meals I miss because they contain ingredients he doesn’t like (he’s strictly meat and potatoes). But I have realized that when left to my own devices I immediately become a procrastinating hermit, putting off hygiene, grocery shopping, and my to-do list to watch episode after episode of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix (something he would gladly do with me any day of the week).

I suppose my base self shouldn’t be surprising; I tend toward hermithood. But what has genuinely surprised me are my vivid and surreal dreams about my cats. Something about living completely on my own has opened up a different room in my brain where my cats tour me around the sound stages in my brain.

Whether you have a realistic or surreal story to tell us, be sure to read the submission guidelines before you press post. Have a favorite yeah writer or two? Why not ask them to be your writing partner? Everyone needs another set of eyes to point out the typos, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts. Stop by the coffeehouse and meet some of the people behind the words!

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Yeah write super challenge for fictioneers!

Would you like to know who will be reading and ranking your story submissions before you sign up for the yeah write super challenge? No problem. In addition to your favorite yeah write editors, we’re super geeked to announce the super challenge superstar judges! Tomorrow is the last day to register and Friday begins the first round. Don’t miss this chance to flex your writing muscles!

Prompt up!

Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.

Amy confronts racism in her post It’s Time to Have an Uncomfortable Conversation With You. This week’s prompt up taken from her essay is: Maybe it’s just finally your turn.

The poetry slam is back!

Do you miss our microstory challenge? Then this is the poetry slam for you. This month, we’re taking it a little easy on you with the nonet. No scanning! No rhyming!

If that’s not enough for you, this month’s nonfiction know-how will also be useful to fiction writers: we’re focusing on tension. There are two basic reasons that people continue reading a thing they’ve started. Find out what they are here.

Yeah write #286 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!

Basic yeah write guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the challenge grid badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
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  3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
  5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog

Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

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