NoMo Week Two

Fifty-three intrepid souls signed up for our NoMo excuses November writing challenge! That’s fifty-three people who have committed to writing a post a day for the entire month. Are you one of them?

Even if you’re not, you can still get involved. Check out our NoMo grid and visit a few new-to-you blogs. Leave a comment, say hello, and if you find something you really love, make a big deal of it in the coffeehouse or social media. Let’s spread the love!

NoMo writers: don’t forget that you can submit individual posts to our weekly writing challenges as long as they meet our submission guidelines. We’d love to see you on the nonfiction, fiction|poetry or microstory grid! And the no-holds-barred moonshine grid is open all weekend if you’ve got something you really want to share.[/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, focus on fiction or check out our new Prompt Up! That’s right. We now have three…count ’em, THREE features to help you generate posts for the NoMo challenge:

Introducing Prompt Up!

Prompt Up is our new 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 kick-off. It’s your job to use that prompt as the first sentence in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to keep it as your first sentence, move it somewhere else, change it, or yank it out completely.

Last week’s nonfiction winner was Meg with her post Emptying the Cabinet of Angst, a reverie on the parts of our past we choose to keep with us. This week’s Prompt Up taken from that essay is: Their hold on me had long since loosened.

Focus on fiction

The end of the world no longer nigh, it’s already happened. 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.

This week’s ultimate question: where is your heart?

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 requires two elements: a real or figurative heart (representing love, passion, purpose, for example), and its current location, either physical or abstract. Present tense, please, and we are asking about your own heart (that is, yours or your narrator’s).

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]