the speakeasy at yeah write #166 is open

read ’em and weep or sleep or keep

We’re chugging right along toward the summer series, introduced here. But before we get there, we’ve still got a party going on in this here speakeasy. A party for fiction and poetry and things of a generally not traditional blog post or personal essay way. We like it fast and loose with the actual truth, people, but the existential or universal or emotional truth? Bring it. Bring it in spades with your very best writing. We crave that like adrenaline junkies crave danger.

counting, the speakeasy way

1 is your best entry
20 unlocks the editor’s pick
30 unlocks a fourth vote
40 closes the grid
41 gets to go home because we’ve locked the door

blink and you’ll miss the prompts

M.C. Escher's Waterfall lithograph

“He taught me how to read people’s eyes.”

the rules, which do not mess with the laws of physics

  • Your post must be dated June 15, 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 in your submission: “He taught me how to read people’s eyes.”
  • 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 and you’ll find yourself swimming upatream.
  • 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 #166 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html/text view of your post before publishing.
  • And don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and add your link to the Inlinkz grid!

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.

the grid


11 Responses to “the speakeasy at yeah write #166 is open”

  1. DragonSpark June 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Dammit! I missed the “apocalypse” memo :( 2nd awesome story I’ve read set in a grim, disturbing post apocaliptic setting and yes, now that I see it, this prompt would have been perfect.
    Well, tough luck. I’ll wait ’till the next good prompt to write about the end of days…

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