the speakeasy at yeah write #153 is open

Can you see the forest for the trees?

If you can tell the difference between flash fiction, poetry and traditional blog posts and personal essays, then you should know that the challenge grid is the home of non-fiction and that the speakeasy collects the poetry and fiction. So, if you’re a creative writer of the non-literal truth kind, join us here! We promise not to tree you…

Go out on a limb

I’m going to go ahead and predict that we’ll be choosing an editor’s pick this week. With a threshold of 20, we’ve been making it consistently and I don’t think this week will be an exception – yay us! You should know, too, that if we have between 31 and 40 entries, we’ll all earn an extra vote. And that if we hit 40 entries, you could be Walt Whitman himself and we’d have to reject you from the grid. 40 is our max, got it?

Promptly to the prompts


“Looks can be deceiving.”

Do you speak rulish?

Here are the rules:

  • Your post must be dated March 16, 2013, or later.
  • Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
  • Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  • You must include the following sentence as the FIRST line of your submission: “Looks can be deceiving.
  • You must also include a reference to the media prompt.
  • The speakeasy is for submissions written specifically for the grid. Please don’t submit an entry if you intend to showcase it to another blog link-up. Such posts are deleted without notice.
  • Please don’t post long explanations before your post. We want your writing to be the star of the show. If you need to clarify anything, feel free to do so at the end.
  • The badge for your speakeasy #153 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html/text view of your post before publishing.

Remember to think outside the box when you write your piece. Exercise those fabulous writer’s muscles! Think about how others might use the prompts, and then go in a different direction.

If you have any questions about the challenge (how to use the prompts, how to add your link to the link-up, etc.) please check our FAQ page or email one of the speakeasy editors. You can find our info at the bottom of the page. We’re here to help.
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