YeahWrite Super Challenge
In April of 2011, our founder opened YeahWrite’s very first weekly challenge grid. Since then, we’ve run free online competitions every single week, dedicated not just to picking a winner but to improving the quality of every entrant’s writing. Our editors are writing professionals drawn from a variety of backgrounds and genres, from law to science to professorships. Over the years, a community has sprung up around our grids: writers who don’t just want to link up or get clicks, but who want to develop their craft in nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and even microstories. These writers come from all over the world.
In 2016, we took those competitions to the next level by adding our Super Challenge, a pay-to-play quarterly writing competition. Each Super Challenge takes place over the course of six weeks, with writers compete for cash prizes in prompted fiction or nonfiction. We alternate between the two, so if the current competition isn’t your cup of tea, make sure you’re signed up for our mailer.
How it works:
The Super Challenge is run in three rounds. During each round, we’ll release the prompt on Friday at 10pm US Eastern time. That’s right – you don’t have to stay up all night to get your prompt! Writers then have 48 hours to write a story or essay responsive to that prompt.
Once the writing phase is complete, our judges go to work. Each piece is scored and given positive and critical feedback by each judge. Writers will receive their feedback 12-24 hours before we announce who will advance to the next round.
Roughly half the writers in the first round of competition advance to the second round. After the second round, ten writers remain to compete for first, second and third place prizes.
What are the prizes?
Prizes for each Super Challenge can vary based on the number of entrants and sponsors, because we split the prizes with you. So if you’re thinking about signing up, why not talk a friend or two into going along for the ride?
What kind of prompts do you use?
Prompt styles for each competition will be released when we open registration. Check out our past competitions for examples.
For fiction, we’ve used pictures, events, emotions, and even mixed genre prompts. Nonfiction prompts have included persuasive essays answering a question, personal essays with an assigned topic, and the use of words or phrases that challenge the writer’s vocabulary or style.
Where can I sign up?
Registration for each Super Challenge opens about a month before the first round kicks off, with last-minute entry pricing in effect starting about a week prior to the kickoff.
Registration for Super Challenge #4 is open from March 29 to April 19, 2017. Read more about this challenge and sign up here!
Can I read past submissions?
At the bottom of this page are links to our past Super Challenges. As each competition round closes, we give writers the opportunity to provide a link to the story or essay they wrote.