Exciting News!

I love exciting news, don’t you? Well, I’ve got some for you! Because community is super important to us, we’re always looking for more ways to do it right. To that end, we’ve brought on Lisa Shaw as our Community Engagement Specialist. You can often find Lisa on the grids with posts from her blog, Pryvate Parts. She tweets as @pryvateparts, too! Lisa’s blog was chosen by WordPress as one of two Best Parenting Blog’s of 2016. She also taught Sasha Obama how to sing, as one does.

Lisa will be floating around the Coffeehouse and making the rounds to say hello and spread some love. We are so glad she’s joined us, and we hope you are, too!

Welcome to Week 350

We’re kicking off the week in style at YeahWrite with both our competitive challenge grids in one post, plus prompts, tips, tricks and more. You asked, we answered! Keep scrolling down cause it’s all right here.

Submissions for this week’s challenges open on Monday at 12 midnight and close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

Having trouble getting started? Hop on over to our quick guide. And don’t forget to doublecheck the full submission guidelines before you hit that button.

Looking For Microprose?

Our tiniest challenge with the biggest bang is open the first Wednesday of every month from midnight to 10 p.m.

Nonfiction Challenge

May The Force Be With You

Another round of applause for Lisa! A couple of other good things happened this week too. The fourth time was a charm with my car, so I don’t have to go back a fifth time. And I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was awesome, although I’m a bit of a Star Wars junkie so of course I was going to love it. You know what else I’d love? To see another big showing on the nonfiction grid. Bring us your best stuff. I know you can do it!

Nonfiction Know-How: How I Spent 2017

It’s been a long year, and you’re almost ready to write about it. Get started with Rowan’s roundup of some of our favorite technical knowhow posts from past months. She’s even organized them into pre-writing, writing, and post-production tips to make your journey through your essay smoother than 2017 has been.

Nonfiction challenge grid:

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction personal or persuasive essay, creative opinion piece or mostly true story based on actual events.

Check the submission guidelines for our full set of rules. If you’re not sure how to link up, hop over to our quick tutorial for getting started at YeahWrite! Otherwise, click that blue button when the challenge is open, and good luck! Come back to vote starting Wednesday at 10pm, and check out our winners on Friday!

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Fiction|Poetry Challenge

Bali Ha’i

Hi, from Bali! The last few weeks have seen the fiction|poetry grid buzzing with activity, and I couldn’t be happier. You’ve chipped away the crusty sceptical plaque from my cold dark heart. I hope the holidays have provided you with even more inspiration and motivation to carry you into the new year. That uncomfortable conversation with great aunt Mabel about just how much sherry was in the trifle, or the loud snoring grunts of cousin Hamid as he falls asleep with a belly full of biriyani, all make great character studies that you can store away for a future fiction|poetry post. I’ll see you on this week’s grids, if I can manage to rouse myself from the pool long enough to peck something out on my tablet.

December Poetry Slam: It’s a free-for-all!

Got a favorite form of poetry? So do we. Rowan rounds up some of our best-loved poetry tutorials for the end of the year, including short forms for those stolen holiday moments, and a few refrains for the carolers out there. Catch her in the coffeehouse if you need a prompt or line!

Prompt Up!

Prompt Up is our 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. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float it down to other territories.

Nate took us intimately through the grief of pet death in The Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy. This week’s prompt, taken from his essay is: “Muzak fogged the room.”

Fiction|poetry challenge grid:

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.

Check the submission guidelines for our full set of rules. If you’re not sure how to link up, hop over to our quick tutorial for getting started at YeahWrite! Otherwise, click that blue button when the challenge is open, and good luck! Come back to vote starting Wednesday at 10pm, and check out our winners on Friday!

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YeahWrite Super Challenge

Our sixth Super Challenge is officially over! Congrats to Laura Duerr who took the top spot and to Christina Grant and Gail Webber for rounding out the top three! Ready for the next one? Registration for Super Challenge #7 (Nonfiction) is open now, and make sure you sign up for our email blast so you don’t miss out on any announcements for the Super Challenge.

Winners’ Round-Up

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

Last call: This week’s Weekend Writing Showcase is still open for business until the challenge grids start at midnight! 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.

About the author:

Michelle submitted her first entry to YeahWrite in March 2012 and they haven’t been able to get rid of her since. After nearly 20 years in the insurance/employee benefits industry, she decided to give it all up to pursue writing full time. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post and xoJane, as well as several local sites near her northern NJ home. She blogs at Michelle Longo.

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