Hey, y’all — it’s Courtenay here. Don’t ask me why I just said “y’all” as I’m from Iowa and the Iowegians don’t generally say “y’all.” I must be excited or something to open this here grid for submissions! We also don’t really say “this here” when referring to things like grids. Oh, the giddiness!
Who could that be at this hour?
That’s your first line. Use it to take you anywhere in the land of fiction or poetry, as long as you make reference to the photo above.
What else do you need to know?
- though your post is NOT about the photo prompt, above, you must make some reference to it
- Don’t forget open with that first line we’ve provided (if we say this eighty times, you’ll remember it, right?)
- Keep your post to a thousand words or less
- Submissions should be dated no earlier than January 27
- Our grid is open to entries until 9:00 pm EST, Wednesday night. Regulars should note the earlier closing time
- One post per person, please! Even if you have multiple personalities.
On Thursday, we vote for a crowd favorite. Bonus: if we get 10+ entries, the winner gets badge bling, kudos from round the globe and a $25 Amazon gift card. As winner, you’ll also provide the first sentence everyone will use next week.
If you follow the link-up instructions and run into trouble, feel free to email with questions, at email@example.com, or leave a comment below. This is the last of four consecutive weeks of gift card giveaways, but if we don’t get at least 10 submissions, there will be no gift card winner, sadness… Did you bring a *gasp* virgin unto the grid this week, you naughty monkey? Claim your virgin in the comments to get custom photography for your blog.
If you are on the fence about posting your carefully crafted fiction or poetry here, remember that just a few short months ago I had never written a word of fiction and just look where I am now! An editor of this here Speakeasy, though I think that has more to do with my Perfect Attendance record than anything. Take the plunge. You won’t regret it.
Pull up a stool, belly up to the bar, take a table down front: The Speakeasy is open for business.