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The heat is on

Summer has come early this year, at least here where I live. School’s not even out and the kids are already talking about camp: where they’re going, what they’ll do there, how much fun they’re planning to have. I’m expecting to nurse plenty of sunburns, skinned knees and bee stings, but that’s all right – that’s as it should be. That’s part of summer, right? It’s going to be a busy couple of months.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to find a shady spot where I can sit, let the quiet drone of cicadas and bumblebees wash over me, and just think. Maybe that’s the front porch, maybe the backyard. Maybe it’s a bench at the playground while the kids are busy on the swings. Wherever I am, I keep a tiny notebook with me all the time so I can jot down ideas, thoughts, phrases that I might be able to use later. It’s the best way I know to keep my mind working through the long lazy days.

How about you? How do you plan to nurture your own creativity this summer?

Just like summer camp

We’re not leaving anyone out of the fun and games this summer. That’s right – all summer long submissions to our challenge grids will be unmoderated! You still need to follow the basic submission guidelines regarding word count, etc., but Rowan G. has put away the red pen for the time being and is resting in her hammock, waiting for you to bring her your best work.

Yeah write members: have a piece you want us to look at before you post it here or elsewhere? Or maybe you want some feedback on something that didn’t do as well in the vote as you hoped? That’s one of the perks of membership. Shoot us an e-mail and we’ll get you set up with a personal editorial review of your work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Bring us your personal essays and creative nonfiction!

The nonfiction challenge grid opens on Monday at midnight EDT. This is the best place on the ‘net to showcase your best writing. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, and above all: make us care.

Is fiction more your thing?

The fiction|poetry grid opens on Tuesday. Grab a mic and join our monthly poetry slam, or check out our new focus on fiction! The coffeehouse is the place to go to keep up on these special events.

Microstory ultimate question: Why didn’t the dog bark?

Answer this question in exactly 42 words for the microstory challenge, or use it to inspire your submission to the other competitive grids.

Tips for your microstories

This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: an actual dog or a metaphorical thing that should have warned you, and the reason it didn’t make noise or warn you. Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Winners’ round-up

In case you missed them, you can find last week’s yeah write staff picks and crowd favorites all laid out for you on Friday’s winners’ post. Leave the winners some love in the comments. They will love you right back, we guarantee it.

The weekend’s not over: the moonshine grid is still open. Have something to add? Old posts and new are welcome. No moderation, no voting. It’s a laid-back relaxed kind of place. Drop by, share your work, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

How yeah write works

We’ve got three competitive challenge grids at the yeah write weekly writing challenge — nonfiction, fiction|poetry and microstories. Most weeks, they are all moderated. Submissions which do not meet our editorial guidelines will not be passed through to the voting grid.

All summer long though, the three grids are unmoderated! That being said, you still have to meet our basic guidelines (word count, post date, etc.). You can find the schedule, submissions guidelines, etc. in our FAQ.

More than just a weekly writing challenge

Sure, the competitive grids are our bread and butter, but there’s more on the menu. We’re building a community of writers who are continually striving to get better at their craft. The challenge grids are one way to do this. We’ve also got the moonshine weekend writing showcase, which is a great place to let loose and try something new, plus the yeah write coffeehouse — the hippest place on the ‘net to find a writing partner, talk about writing or just hang out with other yeah writers. Head barista Nate serves up a couple shots of espresso every week, specially formulated to get your creative juices flowing. Grab a chair and start chatting up your neighbors!

More questions?

Want to ask a question? Start a conversation? Brand new to yeah write and need some clarification? Please visit us on social media!

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