the speakeasy at yeah write #94 is open

Who could that be at this hour?
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First line by speakeasy #93 winner, Sandra Crook

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 courtenay@yeahwrite.me, 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.


26 Responses to “the speakeasy at yeah write #94 is open”

  1. Sandra Crook January 29, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    I introduced JJ Toner this week (from my writing group) though it seemed he had a bit of a struggle actually getting his story linked up. I didn’t realise that certain types of browser might make that difficult.

    • IASoupMama January 29, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Thank you, Sandra!

      And welcome JJ Toner — so glad to have you with us! Sorry the link up was being finicky… You can always contact us if you need assistance — we’d be glad to help out!

    • Flood January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Sandra, I will contact you this weekend about your custom photography. Thanks for J.J.! I helped him out in the previous post.

      • JJ Toner January 30, 2013 at 7:19 am #

        It was a timing issue, I think. The linky wasn’t there for a while and then it appeared. Thanks for all your help.

  2. ericahm January 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Courtenay! I loved your grid intro. It made me giggle. I love your giddiness.

    Sending you a yeah write editor badge for your sidebar.

    • IASoupMama January 30, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Thank you! I was a little excited…

      And I’m proudly wearing my new badge :)

  3. buffalostarmedicine January 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    hmmmm,,,, going to be a challenge indeed. I’ve kind of fried my brain today between writing on my most recent ms and doing challenge writings… I’ll get something by friday, for sure.

  4. Cheney January 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Hello folks, I am a Speakeasy virgin, just popping in for a challenge. (crosses legs)

    Looks like I’m in great company! (covers boobies)

    • IASoupMama January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      We promise we won’t take advantage of your virginity, though after this week, you have willingly given it up to us…

  5. christinawhitewater January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Oh, man, I think I futzed the link image to my page with that blue link thing…grrr… Anyway, I hope you like what I just wrote.

    • IASoupMama January 30, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      No worries! You’re on the grid and we can see you :)

  6. AR Neal January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Hey y’all! I’m originally from Southern New Jersey, where some folks do say y’all…I just said it to fit in :) I’m a Speakeasy virgin as well and am looking forward to participating regularly, if I am to be had…hey…quit trying to peek under my petticoat!

  7. Kristin January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    The Speakeasy!! I am already addicted, but not might make it on the grid this week. So excited to see Courtenay and Stacie at the reigns. Congrats, ladies! I’ll be sure to read, though. Feel free to bribe me for votes. I like chips and beer. I am cheap date.

    • Kristin January 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Ugh, and full of typos. It’s probably good that I am taking a break from this side of things…

      • IASoupMama January 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        We’ll miss your entry… Hope you’re back next week!

        • Stacie January 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

          Thanks Kristin! I hope you come back next week too!

  8. Stephanie January 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    So frustrating! Last week was my first ever speakeasy and this week I’m not able to participate. :-( Positively swamped under with stuff that “must get done ASAP”. Lame. Anyway, will be back tomorrow for voting!

    • IASoupMama January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      So sorry for the swamping — hope next week looks better for you!

      • Stacie January 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

        We’ll be here whenever you’re ready!

  9. Suzanne January 31, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    I would just like to say that there were so many great submissions this week it was really hard to choose just 3! Fantastic job everyone!

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