YeahWrite Super Challenge #4
Welcome to the YeahWrite Super Challenge!
Welcome – or welcome back – to YeahWrite’s Super Challenge. The Super Challenge brings together the best parts of our community: writing, reading, feedback and, well, winning! While our last Super Challenge focused on nonfiction, we’re back for the fiction edition of our newest competition.
If you’re already familiar with our weekly challenge grids, you know they’re a great way to learn, grow, and connect with our community of writers, but the Super Challenge is where it all comes together, where your hard work and practice pays off – literally pays off, I mean, with prizes! If you’re finding YeahWrite for the first time, welcome aboard. We hope you’re along for the ride. Check out our Facebook group, the Coffeehouse, for more ways to connect with our community of readers and writers!
YeahWrite has been a vibrant community of writers for over six years, and we’ve never missed a week in all that time – 311 and counting, as I write this. Now we’re adding the next level of writing competition and we hope you’re as excited to find it as we are to add you to our community! So with no further ado, let’s dive into Super Challenge #4.
Round Two of Super Challenge #4 kicks off in:
The YeahWrite Fiction Super Challenge is a prompted challenge where writers compete to complete the best work of short fiction in a single weekend. Prompts are released on Friday, and the completed work must be turned in by Sunday night.
The competition is run in three rounds. Half the writers will move to the second round of competition, and approximately ten writers will advance to the final round of competition. All competing writers will receive feedback on their work from the judges at the end of each round. The final ten writers will compete for cash prizes for first, second, and third place.
Each round of the Super Challenge starts at 10pm Eastern US Time on a Friday and closes at 10pm Eastern US Time on the Sunday immediately following, giving you 48 hours to complete your entry. Each round will have a different genre and prompt style. Writers will be separated into groups, and each group will receive a prompt. All groups will respond to that prompt in the genre assigned for each round. The rounds are scheduled as follows:
|April 21-23||Action + Event
Writers will receive a combination of an action (such as “picking up a stone” or “greeting someone”) and an event to include in their story. While neither needs to be the main focus of the story, both must be included in such a way as to be integral to the plot. There are no genre restrictions.
|May 5-7||Setting + Event
Writers will receive a description of a setting (this may be in words, images, or a combination of the two) and an event. The setting does not need to be the only location in the story, and as in round one the event does not need to form the plot arc of the story, but both must be included in such a way that the story would not function without their presence. There are no genre restrictions.
|May 19-21||Two Genre Mashup
Writers will receive two genres and must tell a story that is a combination of the main tropes of both genres. Some genres that may be included are: romance, mystery, horror, fairy tale, fantasy, western, science fiction. There are no character or topic restrictions, but elements of both genres must be clearly identifiable in the finished story.
Fees and Registration
Registration is now closed.
If you haven’t signed up for yeah write’s mailer yet, this would be a great time. We’ll keep you informed of events around the site as well as important Super Challenge news.
The amount of the prizes will be announced after all entries have been received.
Why? Because just like your sibling, we’re gonna split the money with you. That’s right: the total cash prizes for first, second and third place will add up to half of the entry fees*. You know what that means? The more folks enter, the bigger the prize gets. Sign yourself up and then go share this news with your friends and community! Make the competition bigger, better and tougher for all of us!
* Unless a prize in that amount would trigger provisions of US law relating to transfer of fees; in that case we reserve the right to split the money in such a way that we award more prizes (i.e. first through fifth place).
FAQ and Rules
For full text of the rules of the competition, go here. By entering the competition you agree to abide and be bound by these rules, so go actually read them. Besides, they contain really useful information about how to submit your work and in what format, in case you get tired of reading this FAQ.
Who can enter?
Anyone 18 or older can enter the competition, as long as it’s not void where you live. YeahWrite editors are, naturally, not eligible. If we had actual employees they wouldn’t be eligible either, and it goes without saying that our competition judges are not eligible.
How many writers can work on a story?
A story is considered the work of the registered writer. We won’t split up the prizes. That said, you can show your work to others during the course of each round, receive feedback, and make revisions.
When will I get my assignment and when is it due?
Assignments will be posted at 10pm Eastern US Time on the opening Friday of each challenge, and it is due by 10pm on the Sunday immediately following. That means you have exactly 48 hours to write your story!
How do I submit my story?
Email your essay in .doc/docx, .rtf, or .txt format to email@example.com before 10pm on the closing day of each round. Use the subject line “YeahWrite Super Challenge Round [x] Group [y] Submission.” Make sure the filename is as specified in the official rules.
How do I format my story?
Your story (including the title page) must be in 12 point font – either Arial or Times New Roman. The first page should be blank except for the Title Page information described in the rules. If you don’t know how to insert a hard page break in your writing, this is a great time to learn! The title page does not count toward your maximum word count of 1,000 words. Make sure your name does not appear anywhere in your story or on the file. The name of the file must be as follows: [group number]-[title]. For example, if you are in Group 2 and the title of your story is “Daisy Petals” then the filename will be 2-Daisy Petals.doc (or .rtf, etc., as applicable).
What if I need to make changes to a story I’ve submitted?
Sorry. We don’t accept revisions or changes to your work. Once you hit send, that’s it, game over. The only exception will be if you forgot to attach your story to your original submission email. We’ll send you a confirmation email when we get your story. Submitting two stories can be grounds for disqualification.
Who owns the copyright to my work?
You do. For a more complete explanation of what rights you are granting to YeahWrite by entering your work in the Super Challenge, see the official rules.
So can I post my work on my blog?
Not until after you receive feedback from the judges, please. Don’t make your work available in a forum where the judges might run across it until the judging is done. After each round of the Super Challenge is over, we’ll also create a special grid to link up your work, since it’s not eligible for our regular challenge grids.
What feedback will I get on my work?
In every round you participate in, you’ll get an email telling you what the judges liked about your work, and what you need to work on. We’ll make sure to get you this feedback before the next round, so that it’s useful to you as you move through the competition!
What kinds of story are acceptable?
While YeahWrite does not place restrictions on use of strong language or on genre, our editorial standards respect the diversity and dignity of our audience. YeahWrite does not and will not accept works which insult or demean any person based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other similar traits. This doesn’t mean you cannot write a story about or containing racism or homophobia between characters or as part of the plot, but it does mean that your story itself shouldn’t be racist or homophobic. It comes down to this: always remember that people who are not like you will read your stories. What do you want them to think about you as a person and a writer?
Who are the judges?
A staff of professional writers, educators and editors. We’ll have a couple celebrity guest judges for each competition, usually in the final round, so stay tuned and keep checking our Announcements section on this page!
What if I have more questions?
Please send questions about the Super Challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org only, and not to our Facebook, Twitter, or other email addresses. We will not be reviewing other email addresses or social media for Super Challenge related questions, and we want to make sure you hear back from us!
Super Challenge Round Updates
Are you ready for this? So are we. We’ll post the prompts, winners, and a special linkup for each round here as the competition goes on! Good luck, writers!
The first round of the Super Challenge runs from 10pm April 21st to 10pm April 23rd. Over those 48 hours, writers must complete a story of 1,000 words or fewer in any genre combining prompts describing an action and an event. Any character may perform the action, not just the main character, and the event does not need to be the plot or setting of the story.
Both prompts should be important enough to the story that the plot could not happen in their absence. That is, if the event is “a robbery” the story could be about burglars breaking into a house, a detective investigating the scene of a crime, or even Batman having a flashback to his parents getting mugged. If, however, the main character walks past a mugging in an alley on his way to a wedding and the mugging exists only to establish that the story is set in New York City, that is probably not going to be integral to the plot as there are a thousand other ways to establish the setting. Similarly, if the action is “find a coin” a character could literally stumble over a pile of gold coins, search for pirate treasure, or hold onto the lucky coin they found when they were five in order to do well on a test. On the other hand, a character digging through their purse and finding two pens, a quarter, and a movie ticket is probably going to be considered tangential to the plot unless they then use the quarter to break out of jail or something.
With no further ado, let’s get to the groups and prompts:
Group 1: Breaking a dish / A flood
In this context, “a dish” means any type of dishware or crockery, such as a mug, a plate, or a wineglass. What it doesn’t mean is a satellite dish, a beautiful woman from 1940, or gossip.
Group 2: Putting shoes on someone else / Opening night at the carnival
In this context, the “someone else” need not be human, but the action cannot be putting on one’s own shoes, nor putting shoes that belong to someone else on oneself. A carnival can be anything from a state fair to Mardi Gras but not a rock concert or similar gathering, nor a permanent installation like Disneyland.
Group 3: Paving a road / Armageddon
In this context “a road” can be any pathway meant for foot or vehicular traffic, but not a waterway or airway. “Armageddon” need not adhere to the Biblical description but must be an event broad and destructive enough to be readily described as “the end of the world” even if the planet itself is not completely physically destroyed in the process. (But if you want to blow up the world? Go ahead.)
The top six writers from each group will advance to Round Two; keep an eye out for your feedback around Wednesday, May 3, and we’ll announce who’s moving on at noon on Friday, May 5. In between? May the Fourth be with you.
Stay tuned for the Round Two prompt and winners!
Stay tuned for the final round prompt!
Round One is CLOSED! Stay tuned for feedback the first week of May; Round Two participants will be announced at noon on May 5 and Round Two kicks off at 10pm that day!
Question about content warnings:
We want you to tell the kind of stories you love to tell, so in general unless it’s part of a prompt there are no genre, subject, language, or setting restrictions on your story. However, as always, we expect you to respect the dignity and diversity of the audience for which you are writing. Our judges are drawn from all over the world and from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. If you feel your work may merit a content warning, please feel free to add that on your title page under your summary. It will not be included in your word count. A good content warning will give a direct but not explicit description of what the reader may encounter: “CW: sexual assault” but not “CW: graphic.” (graphic what? violence? sex? design?)