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We dare you

Did you hear? Yeah write is daring each and every one of you to write a post a day throughout the month of November. You heard me, a post a day. NoMo excuses! If you can keep up the momentum, you might just win a real life prize. Think you’re up for the challenge?

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Read all the contest rules. Did we mention there are prizes?
  2. Go grab the NoMo writing challenge badge from our sidebar and stick on yours. Please use the main page of your blog, not an individual post.
  3. Add the main URL of your blog to the NoMo grid. (Again, don’t link to an individual post.) Registration is open through November 5.
  4. Get writing!

Questions? Email us at getsocial@yeahwrite.me or post them in the coffeehouse.

Relaxing the rules

Normally, yeah write doesn’t accept posts that are linked to other challenges or link-ups. For the month of November only, we are relaxing our rules regarding multiple link-ups. Here’s the skinny:

  • Posts that you make to qualify for the “post every day” part of NoMo may be cross-linked to any other link-up or prompt for this month.
  • Submissions to yeah write’s challenge grids (nonfiction, fiction|poetry, microstories) still need to be written specifically for our grids. But because we know it’s hard to write every day, let alone write twice, it’s ok to link those challenge grid posts to “write every day” type challenges this month only. December 1 we’ll go back to the “no cross-links at all” rule for the challenge grid.
  • Hit us up at getsocial@yeahwrite.me or in the coffeehouse if you have any questions about these rules!

The moonshine grid will be open every weekend if you want to showcase a great post that doesn’t meet our regular submission guidelines or if you are responding to another site’s prompt.

Staff changes!

Every now and then we like to shake things up, and so we have some super exciting news for you: starting this week, Michelle is handing her red pen over to Meg, who will take on the role of nonfiction editor. Keep an eye out for her Monday posts; you’re sure to love her. But Michelle isn’t leaving – no, she’s taking yeah write by storm as our new managing editor! Please join us in welcoming both of them in their new roles.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The basics

Yeah write gives you three competitive challenge grids — nonfiction, fiction|poetry and microstories — all of which are moderated. Check them out below. Submissions that meet our guidelines will be moved to the voting grid; those that do not will get a personal love letter from our submissions editor explaining why. Got a question? E-mail us, tweet us, ping us on Facebook, or visit our online community, the yeah write coffeehouse. You can learn more about yeah write in our FAQ.

The rules

Please make sure you are familiar with our submission guidelines before you enter. We don’t have a lot of rules, but we do enforce them across the board. We’d hate to see anyone get disqualified by a technicality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][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.

Nonfiction theme of the month: dialogue

This month we are talking about talking. Tune in and see what Rowan has to say, and if you’re so inclined, feel free to incorporate this optional theme into one or more of your posts this month.

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.

Focus on fiction

Hallowe’en may be over but we’re not done with disasters for this year, and I’m not just talking about what your sugar-crazed kids did to the front room. This month’s focus on fiction shifts from genre to setting as we explore dystopias.

Poetry slam

Love is in the air, and we’re taking on a new form of love poem called the ghazal.

Next week we’ll be adding a new treat: Prompt Up, our new optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge inspired by you!

This week’s ultimate question: who’s that knocking at the door?

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

Tips for your microstories

A good answer to this week’s question must include a door (literal or figurative) and must identify the person knocking on it (literally or figuratively).

Remember: do not include the question in your title or your answer. Do not include extra words – no footnotes, no explanations, no shout-outs. Do not rely on your word processor or blog to give you an accurate word count. COUNT YOUR WORDS WITH YOUR EYES. Posts that do not meet these standards will not be moved to the voting grid.

Questions? Want to talk it through? Grab a latte at the coffeehouse and chat with your fellow yeah writers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][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.

Weekend writing showcase

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. Just leave your commercial or sponsored posts at home. Drop by, share your work, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]