Holiday traditions

When I was a kid, I used to give my dad a squeegee and a box of Andes Candies every year for Christmas. There was only so much you could buy for five dollars at K-Mart, after all, and he seemed to appreciate it. I mean, who doesn’t love Andes Candies? After a while it became a family tradition; I still send him a box whenever I can.

Here at yeah write, we have our own holiday traditions. It’s our favorite time to give our writers – and our editors! – a little break. Not from writing, of course; we still want to see you on the grids. But this week and next, all of our challenges will be unmoderated. That means no separate submissions and voting grids. Every post will be eligible for voting! The standard rules apply: stay within the word count, no commercial posts, use proper grammar and punctuation, and microwriters, you still must answer the question.

So even if it’s not a holiday where you are, even if you’re not celebrating anything in particular, please accept this little gift from us. All we ask for in return is a few words from you.[/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.Most weeks, the challenges are moderated, which means that 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. This week, all of the challenge grids are unmoderated!

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: flashbacks

Flashbacks aren’t just a cool special effect or a momentary sense of deja vu; they’re an effective literary technique that can really help set your story in context. This month we’re encouraging you to try it out in your own writing – but it’s completely optional. Need a little more detail? Read Rowan’s writing help post on flashbacks.

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!

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.

This week’s winning essay is Rowan’s Be There, a frank and wise analysis of what it means to support one another through the bleak times in life. This week’s Prompt Up is: It’s a lot to ask of a person, being alive all the time. 

December focus on fiction and poetry slam

Tune in to the fiction|poetry opening post on Tuesday to read all about what’s in store for December. You’ll want to polish up your sword and shield for this month’s focus on fiction–myths! And check it out: we’re revisiting the poetry form that started it all, the tritina.

This week’s ultimate question: what did you get me?

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 will include a gift (physical or otherwise) exchanged between the narrator and one or more other characters. A dozen roses, a pair of socks, your heart or your life – it doesn’t matter if it came in a velvet box or a paper bag. A gift is a gift; tell us what you got.

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]