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winners of the speakeasy at yeah write #168

no one’s lost here

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year at the speakeasy, as the summer series approaches and we’ll take a hiatus from the grid and work on building community and developing writing skills. But you guys have not slacked off, content-wise! We’ve been seeing some fantastic stories here, and this week was no exception. Shall we move on to the winners?

In first place, speakeasy editor Suzanne gave us a masterful example of what flash-fiction should be, complete with unexpected twist at the end. Balanced and engaging dialogue draws in the reader, and lulls us into thinking one thing about the character, the same conclusion everyone else mistakenly draws — it’s called misdirection, and it’s done so beautifully here. She also takes the prompt of being lost and turns it on its head; the character is not lost at all, but a threat, adding to the effect of disorienting the reader. Suzanne, congratulations on such a fantastic story! Get ready to craft a mean sentence for our final speakeasy.

In second place, Brian wooed us with a tragically emotional story about war that catches us off guard. Third place goes to GennaClaire for her creation of a mysterious bar for the “lost,” also dealing us another wonderful twist at the end. Rounding out the top row we have Janna, who ALSO managed to pull off a satisfying surprise at the end, when the prey becomes the predator.

Congratulations, top row! Suzanne, Brian, GennaClaire and Janna, you all wrote such inspired stories this week, and you deserve the honor of being speakeasy winners.

editors’ pick

The editors’ pick this week comes from our top row. Brian wrote a post of poignancy and surprise; creating such an emotionally engaging story in such a short space requires the greatest skill. He uses detail sparingly yet effectively, like observations about the colonel’s face resembling “the cliffs of Dover” and the grease pencil he uses to mark the map, just enough to make us feel like we’re there without taking up too much space. When the protagonist flashes back to his grade school friend, he doesn’t need to say much to convey the depth of their relationship, which makes the connection between then and his wound in the present all the more heartbreaking. Brian, excellent job this week! Make sure you grab that sidebar badge for your blog.

trail of breadcrumbs

Thanks for participating this week! You guys make the speakeasy what it is, and it’s a pleasure coming back week after week. Come on back on Sunday for the new prompts. Next week will be the LAST WEEK before we go on summer hiatus. We’ll have a sentence to be used in ANYWHERE in your post, as well as a music prompt chosen by your editors. Here’s a reminder of our monthly prompt schedule:

  • Week 1 – First line; photo prompt
  • Week 2 – Anywhere line; music prompt
  • Week 3 – First line; art prompt
  • Week 4 – Last line; video prompt
  • Week 5 (when there is one) – Anywhere line; random prompt

If you want to know when the prompts are ready, you can sign up for our email notifications, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

summer camp for writers

When this gin joint closes up for the summer, that’s when the fun begins. Yeah write’s summer series will be kicking off on July 14, and it will run through to August 22. The summer series is for all yeah write participants, so you can bring your fiction, poetry, micro-fiction, personal essays, and other writing to our summer grid. Each week, we will bring you articles on specific writing-related topics, with the goal of helping everyone in the yeah write family become better writers.

Along with our summer grid, we are also offering three levels of writing workshops, including the opportunity to work on your writing one-on-one with Suzanne or myself. You can read all the juicy details about the summer series here—or go straight to registration. The summer series is open to everyone, so be sure to tell all your writer friends!

don’t lose your way

Looking for a casual weekend hangout for your blog? Then head on over to the moonshine grid, which opens tonight at 6 pm EST. There’s no voting, no prizes, and no pressure. You can submit fiction or non-fiction—weekends are for your top 10 lists, your stream-of-consciousness posts, that hilarious text message exchange with your brother, whatever you want, except for commercial posts.

definitely found

Once the voting ends, the challenge grid will sort itself from highest number of votes to the fewest. Ties are broken by number of page views. Don’t be discouraged if you land near the bottom. The voting is always VERY close.


14 Responses to “winners of the speakeasy at yeah write #168”

  1. Meg July 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Yay! Great picks. There were some mighty fine responses out there, but I do think Suzanne’s and Brian’s pieces really stood out. Wonderful examples of what writing should do.

    • Natalie July 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Yep. It’s hard to be an editor sometimes, what with such fantastic writing.

  2. thewizardsword July 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Congratulations! Exceptional writing, as usual. :-)

    • Natalie July 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      I agree! Thanks for being here with us. :)

  3. tnkerr July 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I agree with Meg – great picks. Thanks to one and all with a special tip of the hat to Yeah Write!

    • Natalie DeYoung July 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you! We love having you here. :)

  4. inNateJames July 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Congrats to Suzanne, Brian, and GennaClaire! And to Meg for the intriguing prompts. Good round, everyone!

    • Natalie DeYoung July 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      For you, too – your story was excellent!

  5. Suzanne July 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Thank you very much! And Natalie, thanks for the awesome write-up about my story!

    This was an especially tough week. There were so many good stories and poems to choose from. I hope to see you all back next week for the speakeasy’s final week before summer vacation! And I hope to see some of you over at the yeah write summer series.

    • Natalie DeYoung July 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Trust me – it was not hard to say good things about it. :)

  6. EagleAye July 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Congrats to the winners and a fabulous round of stories!

    • Natalie DeYoung July 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      I enjoyed yours this week, too! Way to keep bringing us entertaining reads!

  7. Bethany July 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Congrats to the winners – great job, everyone!

  8. Brian Benoit July 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Aww, thank you Editors! I loved so many stories this week

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