Happy July, everyone! It’s hotter than blazes here in my little corner of the world and it’s hard to think about anything other than keeping cool. I think it’s time for a quick refresher on the rules. We’ve got a lot of new folks coming through lately (welcome!) and as for the rest of us, well, anyone’s brain can melt a little this time of year.
Yes, the challenges are unmoderated this summer, but here are a few things you should remember:
Badge up! Every yeah write submission should include the current week’s badge and backlink. Just copy the code under the appropriate badge in the sidebar and paste it into the HTML or text view of your blog editor. Need help? Shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep current. Your submission must be dated no earlier than Sunday of the current challenge week.
Count your words. The hard limit for nonfiction is 1000 words; for fiction|poetry, 750 words; and all microstories must be exactly 42 words. Don’t get cute by dropping articles (a, an, the) or adding hyphens just to hit that number. Introductions and explanations appended to your post will count against your word limit. (Yes, microwriters, that means you too.) The only exception is image credits, which we highly encourage.
Respect our community. Yeah write has a wonderfully diverse population of writers, and we want to keep it that way. We do not accept posts which insult or demean any person based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.
Too many rules? The moonshine weekend writing showcase might be the place for you. No word count limits, no date requirements. Just include the badge, show some respect, and please, leave your sponsored or commercial posts in the cooler for someone else’s barbecue.[/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?
This week’s ultimate question: How hot is it?
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 one thing for a good answer: heat, literal or metaphorical. Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? Are you holding a stolen thumb drive loaded with government secrets? Or maybe you caught the eye of The One across the dance floor and it’s suddenly hard to breathe. Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question. We don’t care about yesterday or tomorrow; we want to know how hot it is right now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
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 — nonfiction, fiction|poetry and microstories. You can learn more about yeah write 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!
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