the speakeasy at yeah write #154 is open

I had the best of intentions

I did. I really had great intentions when I sat down to write this post for y’all. But then I heard a mouse scrabbling in the ceiling and I got eeked out. And then my twins decided they needed to check in on me, three hours after I put them to bed. And then I remembered that I hadn’t done the dishes yet. And then I realized my bed was covered with clean laundry, all sorted and ready to put away. Before I knew it, it was after midnight. On a work night. And yet, here I am. After midnight. On a work night. Writing. As I had intended to do from the very beginning.

Grab your red pens

Hey, folks, thank you so much for joining us the last few weeks. It has been a blast! We are so glad to have unlocked our editor’s pick so often that if we didn’t get those 20 entries, we might wonder if the internet broke. So keep ’em coming! If we jump the line and end up with 31 entries, you get an extra vote as a prize! Yippee! But if you are contestant #41 or higher, you’re going to hear that sad wah-wah trumpet sound because we cap our entries at 40. That means write early, edit early (oh, please don’t forget that step), and submit early to be guaranteed your spot.

Intentional Prompts

“Through the clarity of retrospect, the obvious conclusion surfaced: things don’t always turn out as planned.”

Rules of engagement:

  • Your post must be dated March 23, 2013, or later.
  • Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
  • Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  • You must include the following sentence as the LAST line of your submission: “Through the clarity of retrospect, the obvious conclusion surfaced: things don’t always turn out as planned.
  • 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 because we’re sort of jealous lovers. Hey, I’m just being honest!
  • 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 #154 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, then go in a different direction. If you need a little guidance, check out our Flash Fiction Guide.


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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14 Responses to “the speakeasy at yeah write #154 is open”

  1. janisezayas1 March 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    How long does it normally take after adding my link for it to show in the list of entries? I’ve only done this once before and I’m nervous I messed it up this time. Thanks!

  2. Suzanne March 26, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Links usually show up right away. I think yours is there, but let me know if I’m wrong.

  3. atrm61 March 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Read all except EditMoi’s-the link just doesn’t work-keeps taking me to google :-( Voted for my fav 4-very tough choice this week! All the best to everyone :-)

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